Western Australia is set to welcome interstate delegates back to its shores, following Premier Mark McGowan’s announcement that the State’s border will move to a ‘controlled border’ from November 14.
Visitors from Queensland, South Australia, Tasmania, the Australian Capital Territory and the Northern Territory, which are considered ‘very low risk’ areas (no community cases for the past 28 days) will be allowed to travel into the State, and will no longer be required to self-quarantine.
Those travelling from New South Wales and Victoria will be allowed to enter Western Australia but will still have to isolate for 14 days in a suitable location on arrival.
Business Events Perth chief executive Gareth Martin said the announcement would give a huge boost of confidence to event organisers to plan their next business event in the State.
“This is wonderful news and offers certainty to our clients and delegates who are planning on eventing in Western Australia,” he said.
“We can’t wait to welcome back our interstate friends to show them the new and amazing venues and experiences Western Australia has on offer.”
Business Events Perth launched the Event Here Now initiative in August offering event organisers up to $30,000 in sponsorship for new business events.
“Since we launched the Event Here Now initiative in August we’ve supported more than 50 business events, bringing more than 18,000 West Aussies together to connect, collaborate and share ideas and knowledge, and with a further 47 State-based events currently under development, we look forward to welcoming interstate delegates back to Western Australia to once again experience our incredible State,” Martin said.
Tourism Council WA has also welcomed the announcement by the Premier.
“Tourism businesses which have been struggling to secure staff for upcoming busy seasons will now have the opportunity to recruit much-needed workers from interstate,” said Tourism Council WA CEO Evan Hall.
“The tourism industry is willing to work with the Government to ensure we reopen in a COVID-safe way, including through testing, cleaning, and records of attendance.
“As all other States plan to open to New South Wales and Victoria in the coming weeks, it is important that Western Australia works towards a tentative date too.”