New fund to lure business events to Queensland

The Queensland Government has launched a new national program to attract more business events, conferences and conventions to the state.

The National Business Events Program fund will focus on national associations or corporate events with more than 350 delegates.

Half of all delegates must live outside of the Local Government Area where the event is being held and stay for at least two days.

Funding is to be spent in Queensland to cover costs associated with the event venue, delegate accommodation and/or ground transfers.

“Business events and conferences are an important contributor to the economy of many Queensland tourist destinations,” said Tourism Minister Stirling Hinchliffe.

“We also know business travel for conferences, conventions and corporate events has dropped significantly because of the pandemic.

“Our new National Business Events Program is designed to inspire Australian business organisations to switch off video conferencing and re-start face-to-face corporate and convention events in Queensland.

“Queensland is the place to be to build new business connections with a COVID-safe conference or convention.”

Tourism and Events Queensland is coordinating the program with application and eligibility details at www.teq.queensland.com.