Reconnect WA brings new business events to Perth

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Business Events Perth (BE Perth) has today announced the confirmation of five new business events worth over $13.2 million thanks to a boost in state government funding it received through the Reconnect WA package and its Keynote Speaker funding incentive.

Announced late last year, the $185 million Reconnect WA package included a $15 million funding boost for BE Perth to assist the organisation in attracting business events to WA.

Since being awarded that boost in funding, BE Perth has confirmed four large-scale medical conferences that are set to see over 2750 medical specialists travel to WA between 2022 and 2025.

BE Perth’s innovative Keynote Speaker Incentive, which sponsors the attendance of high-profile keynote speakers in other destinations on the provision the conference then come to WA within three years, has led to the confirmation of a 1600-delegate education conference for Perth in 2025.

“Despite the major setbacks for this industry due to COVID-19, BE Perth’s optimism and resilience has been demonstrated by continuing to pitch for large-scale events for the future,” Tourism Minister Roger Cook said.

BE Perth CEO Gareth Martin said the government support was pivotal in driving the strong positive results for business events in WA.

“The events that we have confirmed through the Reconnect WA funding and our Keynote Speaker Incentive were strategically targeted to align with the WA Government’s Diversify WA framework, which identifies health and medical life sciences and international education as two of the State’s key growth sectors,” Martin said.