BECA’s plea to Tehan to save the events industry

Tourism Minister Dan Tehan.

Representatives of the Business Events Council of Australia (BECA) met online with Tourism Minister Dan Tehan to plead for targeted support for businesses reliant upon income from business events.

BECA has called for three urgent targeted measures as a lifeline towards recovery. The return of a national wage subsidy scheme to support business survival and retention of specialist industry skills; the introduction of a national Federal Government led event insurance scheme; and an improved Business Events Grant Program to stimulate demand of in-person business events in 2022.

“Survival of the complete visitor and events supply chain is our number one priority, along with maintaining their skilled workforce,” said BECA Deputy Chair Geoff Donaghy.

“If we are to be match fit for domestic recovery and deliver global best practice to our international clients for which we are recognised when the border reopens, retaining our people is essential.

“With minimal opportunity to earn revenue over the past 18 months, the current Delta lockdowns across Australia are directly impacting lives and livelihoods and the core capability of our dynamic industry.”

BECA also highlighted the lack of clarity for when meetings, incentives, conventions, and exhibitions can restart across the country in the four-phase National pathway out of Covid restrictions.

“When restrictions lift, business events cannot simply switch on like other industries,” said Donaghy.

“Significant lead time is required to book, plan, and deliver business events, which is why targeted and sustained support for our sector is required into 2022.”