BECA urges all states to lift venue caps as delegate arrivals drop to zero

The Business Events Council of Australia (BECA) has urged all states and territories to lift the 100-person cap on indoor gatherings and open domestic borders by July after April data showed short-term overseas delegate arrivals dropped to zero.

“For business recovery, it is critical that notice is given to allow professional event organisers to plan and promote, as well as implement new safety and hygiene protocols,” said BECA Chair Dr. Vanessa Findlay.

“We urge all states and territories to announce this change for July as soon as possible in line with Step 3 of the framework for a COVIDSafe Australia.”

“It is also timely that internal borders are lifted at the same time to allow the significant domestic business events industry to flourish.”

Australia’s convention bureaux had secured almost 400 domestic business events for their respective destinations for the year, with an expected attendance of 170,000 delegates contributing $282 million to the Australian economy. With a further strong pipeline of business events not yet confirmed, this represents a sound opportunity from which to restart, Dr Findlay said.

“As soon as we receive confirmation from state and territory governments that we can once again hold COVIDSafe business events, planning can get underway and we can commence recovery of the important domestic market,” she said.