In a major win for Western Australia, the world’s largest marine mammal conference will converge in Perth in 2023, bringing thousands of marine experts from around the world and injecting A$10m (US$7.2m) into the local economy.
Business Events Perth chief executive Gareth Martin said he was delighted that the bureau had delivered the successful bid to bring the 25th Biennial Conference on the Biology of Marine Mammals to the city in December 2023.
As the largest conference of its kind, it is expected to attract more than 2,000 members of the Society for Marine Mammals (SMM) to Western Australia over eight days, including pre and post touring to the regions.
“This is welcome news for Western Australia and comes at a crucial time for the local business events industry, which has been impacted significantly by the coronavirus pandemic,” Martin said.
Supported by Tourism Australia’s Business Events Bid Fund Programme (BFP), Business Events Perth made a funding package available to secure the event.
Federal Minister for Tourism Simon Birmingham said Western Australia was renowned for its spectacular, unspoilt marine environments making it fitting for Perth to host the event.
“Lucrative business events such as these require significant planning and by securing them now we are not only looking to the long-term recovery of our tourism industry but ensuring Australia is kept front of mind for decision makers as a world-class events destination,” minister Birmingham said.
Perth was successful against strong competing bids from China and Singapore.
President-elect of the Society for Marine Mammalogy Charles Littnan said the society was excited to visit Western Australia.
“Our members will be traveling from around the world to share their cutting-edge science at the conference and take advantage of all that Western Australia has to offer,” Littnan said.
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Photo: Sea lion, Rottnest Island. Courtesy of Tourism WA.