Business Events Council of Australia unanimous in decision to de-register the peak body ahead of new association

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Former BECA Chair Dr Leo Jago.

The Business Events Council of Australia (BECA) has voted unanimously to voluntarily de-register the industry body in preference to support a new peak body organisation from July.

BECA will cease operations at the beginning of the new financial year but until that time it will continue to represent the business events industry to federal government and help operationalise the $2 million Business Events Economic Contribution project with Tourism Research Australia.

“In its 30 years as the peak body for business events, BECA has built a stellar list of achievements,” said BECA Chair Dr Leo Jago.

“It has been the unified voice in the industry’s advocacy to government and has been the key driver of the industry’s vital research studies to demonstrate the size and scope of the sector. BECA has made these achievements despite its limited resources; it has punched well above its weight.”

In response to the challenges of the pandemic and to ensure the future financial sustainability of a peak body for business events, a review of BECA’s structure was undertaken by independent expert consultants to advise on the best operating model for the future.

This review led to the formation of the Australian Business Events Association that will succeed BECA as the peak body for business events.

“The global pandemic challenged Australia’s business events industry and highlighted the need for a well-resourced peak body to foster the growth of business events via a focus on research, advocacy, and professional development,” said Dr Jago.

“BECA and its many achievements provides a solid platform upon which a new and better resourced peak body will support business events in the decades to come. BECA’s legacy will live on.”