Perth scores more bid wins despite ‘strange and difficult times’

Business Events Perth has five newly confirmed events in the technology, agriculture and education sectors scheduled to occur in 2021 and 2022, despite the “strange and difficult times” of the last few months.

Over the past two months Business Events Perth secured 14 new bid wins expected to attract 5,000 delegates in late 2020, 2021 and 2022.

In just the past month, 17 bids have been submitted by the team to secure conferences in the medical health, education, aviation, infrastructure and construction industries.

Business events continue to be rescheduled into Perth’s 2021 business events calendar, taking the total of rescheduled events to 49, representing 22,786 delegates.

Among these are the Emergence Creative Conference 2021 (rescheduled to March 2021); Exercise and Sports Science Australia National Conference (rescheduled to March 2021); Worldskills National Championship Skills Show (rescheduled to April/May 2021); 17th National Immunisation Conference 2021 (rescheduled to June 2021); APPEA Oil and Gas Conference and Exhibition (June 2021); Australian and New Zealand Burn Association (ANZBA) Annual Scientific Meeting re-(scheduled to October 2021); and International Conference and Workshop on Lobster Biology and Management (rescheduled to October 2021).

However, 56 events and conferences were cancelled due to Covid-19 representing 15,709 delegates, 105 events and conferences have postponed, representing 47,033 delegates and 43 events and conferences remain pending a new date to be secured.

“We are beginning to feel some sense of optimism as we take these cautious steps towards recovery,” Business Events Perth CEO Gareth Martin said.

“I recognise that not every member has had the opportunity to reopen and any sense of stability for the business events industry is a way off yet.

“But I want to assure  the local industry, I am advocating at a State and Federal level for the resumption of business events in a COVID-safe way.”