WA Premier Mark McGowan backs events sector after ‘strong response’ to Covid

WA Premier Mark McGowan has thrown his support behind the state’s business events sector calling it “a significant economic driver for Western Australia”.

“They act as a front door for investment and trade and are a forum to collaborate, exchange knowledge and showcase the expertise of Western Australian businesses, researchers, institutions and start-ups in key sectors,” he said.

“Our strong response to the COVID-19 pandemic means Western Australia is in the fortunate position to still be able to host business events, keeping West Aussies in jobs by supporting local service providers in the event, tourism and hospitality industries.

“I want to encourage Western Australian organisations to support our local business event industry by getting involved in events held here this year.”

The Premier’s show of support follows Perth Convention and Exhibition Centre (PCEC) hosting its first event after months of closure due to COVID-19, with 600 guests attending the Business News’ Success and Leadership breakfast.

“The steps taken by the Premier and his government have awarded the WA business events and exhibition industry a much-needed opportunity to return to normal business activity as soon as possible,” PCEC general manager Nigel Keen said.

Business Events Perth chief executive officer Gareth Martin also welcomed the opportunity “to bring back business events safely”.

“We are fortunate in Western Australia to be able to meet safely again, with limited restrictions on gatherings prompting major local business events to get underway,” he said.

“The success of these events and the enthusiasm shown by people to get together again after a long hiatus is wonderful news for the recovery of the Western Australian business events sector.

“While Business Events Perth is continuing to work on securing international and interstate business events, with a number of recent successes, we have pivoted to funding State-based events to get more local business events off the ground.”