BECA

BECA requests targeted support for Australian events industry

Representatives of the Business Events Council of Australia (BECA) met, 16 August, online with the Hon Dan Tehan MP, minister for trade, tourism and investment to request targeted support for businesses reliant upon income from business events. Geoff Donaghy (pictured), BECA deputy chair and CEO of ICC Sydney, stated: “Survival of the complete visitor and events supply chain is our number one prio...

BECA backs calls for mass vaccination as pathway to Australia’s events recovery

The Business Events Council of Australia (BECA) has announced it is supporting the call for the industry and broader community to get vaccinated as quickly as they are able, to support the first stage of the Government’s four-step national plan. Australia’s National Cabinet agreed in principle, 30 July, to transition Australia’s National Covid-19 Response, providing a pathway forward for the count...

Australia’s business events leaders unite for industry advocacy and agree ambitious $50bn 2030 Vision

The business events industry’s leadership convened at ICC Sydney earlier this month at a roundtable meeting to thrash out the future of business events in Australia. The Business Events Industry Roundtable was jointly hosted by peak industry body, the Business Events Council of Australia (BECA) and Tourism Australia. The workshop focused on building an understanding of the immediate objectives for...

BECA says 23% of Australian business events concerns could fold as JobKeepeer scheme ceases

Australia’s business events sector has reacted strongly to the end of the government JobKeeper scheme, which has supported industry (including business events) over past months and which came to an end on 28 March. The government has stated with the cessation of JobKeeper, other support that is proportionate, timely, scalable, and targeted to drive demand will be introduced for those industry sect...

Australia’s peak industry body welcomes roll out of A$50m Business Events Grants Programme

The Business Events Council of Australia (BECA), 11 February, welcomed the new minister for trade, tourism and investment Dan Tehan’s confirmation of the Government’s commitment to the event industry and, in particular, the rolling out of its Business Events Grants Programme. “We encourage all business events businesses, whether owners, delegates or exhibitors to engage with the programme to...

BECA calls for an end to uncertainty around state borders

The Australian business events industry continues to face severe limitations and restrictions, with uncertainty over internal state borders compromising the pathway to recovery, according to the latest statement from the Business Events Council of Australia (BECA). The state premiers are yet to agree a common management policy relating to free movement within Australia. BECA points out the industr...

Australia opens A$50m grant programme for events, as PM speaks in support of sector’s critical role in recovery

Following the Australian government’s announcement of a AU$50m (US$36m) Business Events Grants Programme in September, Phase one of the scheme has now commenced with Phase two to follow in mid-December. As a first phase, Austrade has opened an Expression of Interest (EOI) process to business event owners to establish a schedule of approved business events. The Business Events Council of Aust...