Exactly one year ago today, we were advised that Australia had moved up to 12th place in the world for hosting international association conventions through the ICCA Statistics Report on country rankings.
Without a clear pathway to the reopening of our international borders, business events as a catalyst to driving travel, innovation, trade, and the growth of industries cannot occur. If we are not in a position to host these premium events in Australia, others will be.
The work of convention bureaux across Australia is making a difference.
Of 318 confirmed future international business events, 70% have been successfully postponed. However, this position cannot be maintained indefinitely, noting that 200 have been cancelled, representing more than 75,000 high value overseas visitor arrivals for our capital and regional cities.
On a positive note, the bureaux continue to bid for and secure business over the long-term and we thank Tourism Australia for their ongoing investment in the Business Events Bid Fund and Boost Programs.