Perth has secured the International Society for the Performing Arts (ISPA) Congress for 2024.
It will be the first time the ISPA Congress takes place in Perth, having previously been held in Melbourne in 2016 and Sydney in 2001.
The bid win is a collaboration of the Perth Theatre Trust, Business Events Perth and the Department of Local Government, Sports and Culture, alongside WA’s key performing arts organisations working with PAC Australia.
“Bringing together national and international collaborators and buyers of work in 2024, in beautiful Perth, is something for the Australian performing arts sector to look forward to, particularly at this moment in time,” PAC Australia executive director Katherine Connor said.
Tourism Australia supported the bid to bring the event to Perth through the Business Events Bid Fund Program.
“This is another great win for Perth and illustrates Australia’s strength as a world-class international business events destination,” Tourism Australia managing director Phillipa Harrison said.
“Securing large international congresses such as the ISPA Congress 2024 means we are looking forward towards recovery by ensuring we have a calendar of international events for when our borders re-open, whilst also continuing to stay front of mind among global decision makers.”
Business Events Perth chief executive Gareth Martin said that Western Australia’s connectivity with Asia and Europe made it the perfect destination for the ISPA Congress.
“The ISPA Congress is set to bring over 500 delegates to Western Australia in 2024,” he said.