Perth to host world’s largest marine mammal conference

The world’s largest marine mammal conference will converge in Perth in 2023, bringing thousands of marine experts from around the world.

Supported by Tourism Australia’s Business Events Bid Fund Program, Business Events Perth delivered the successful bid to bring the 25th Biennial Conference on the Biology of Marine Mammals to Western Australia.

As the largest conference of its kind, it is expected to attract more than 2000 members of the Society for Marine Mammals to Western Australia over eight days, including pre and post touring to the regions, generating more than $10 million for the local economy in direct delegate expenditure.

“This is welcome news for Western Australia and comes at a crucial time for the local business events industry, which has been impacted significantly by the coronavirus pandemic,” said Business Events Perth chief executive Gareth Martin.

“We are proud to secure such a high-profile event for the state, and regional Western Australia will also benefit with many delegates dispersing to our regions to experience our marine mammals firsthand.”

Federal Minister for Tourism Simon Birmingham said Western Australia was renowned for its spectacular, unspoilt marine environments making it fitting for Perth to have successfully won the bid to host the significant event.

“This conference will provide a boost to the local economy and give businesses confidence in the road ahead as the industry begins to rebuild from the impacts caused by coronavirus,” said Birmingham.

“Lucrative business events such as these require significant planning and by securing them now we are not only looking to the long-term recovery of our tourism industry but ensuring Australia is kept front of mind for decision makers as a world-class events destination.”