Business Events Geelong launches new $30k support fund

Business Events Geelong has launched a $30,000 funding program that will support events of up to 50 pax by providing financial support to the value of $50 per delegate.

Those interested in accessing the funds must book their event in Geelong, The Bellarine and Werribee by 30 April 2021 and events must be held by 30 December 2021. A minimum number of 10 delegates applies, with the offer available only to new bookings.

As part of the You Belong in Geelong Campaign, local venues and suppliers have also provided a number of exclusive deals on event packages, experiences, venue hire and food & beverage discounts to event planners looking to take their conferences and business events to Victoria’s second-largest city.

“Following border closures and mass-scale lockdowns, face-to-face meetings are now more valuable than ever,” said Mark Day, Convention Bureau Manager at Business Events Geelong.

“TheYou Belong in Geelong campaign hopes to re-engage event planners with the plethora of world-class experiences that we have available in Geelong, The Bellarine and Werribee. From award-winning wineries to top-quality conference and event venues; a lively restaurant scene to vibrant cultural precincts — our region is ready and excited to welcome everyone back.”

With the challenges the industry has faced in the past year, Day said that event organisers should look no further than their backyards as host cities.

“With tour operators, restaurants and venues operating at limited capacity through the shutdown period, it is more important than ever that we band together as an industry and support these local businesses; many of which are family-owned and operated,” he said.