“Retaining the majority of meetings is a great recognition of BESydney’s strong client relationships”
Business Events Sydney (BESydney) has today released its Annual Financial Report, outlining that in Financial Year 2019-20, the company secured 49 new global meetings worth an estimated A$167 million in direct expenditure for New South Wales, and has retained and rescheduled 70% of meetings impacted by COVID-19 into future years.
The Chair further outlined the commitment of the Board and BESydney’s private and public sector funders to BESydney broadening the focus of its business event acquisition and destination promotion expertise to take in the domestic business events market.
“This year has been one of the most challenging for our industry to date and I’m incredibly proud of how the team has responded and the work that we’re undertaking as a collective, to retain and build the business visitor industry in Sydney and New South Wales and continue to play such an important role in our city and state’s economy,” said BESydney’s CEO Lyn Lewis-Smith.
“Whilst we continue to work through the challenges presented by COVID-19, we look forward to restrictions continuing to ease across our state and to a time when once again, we can welcome business visitors into Sydney and NSW from near and far and connect people, ideas and knowledge, to drive economic, social and educational benefit.”
Mr Greg Brady, General Manager of the Sofitel Sydney Darling Harbour, was elected for a three-year term as Member Director, replacing outgoing Director, Scott Boyes.
In one of the most challenging times on record for the world’s business visitor sector, Greg brings a wealth of experience and expertise, both domestic and international, that will help guide BESydney’s operations and ensure success for the years ahead.
Incoming Director, Mr Brady said, “I am honoured to be voted a member director of BESydney. The Australian business events sector and our State are world-class. I am excited by the opportunity to represent our wonderful Industry working with members and an organisation I respect immensely.”
Outgoing Members’ Director, Mr Scott Boyes, was acknowledged for the extraordinary support provided to the Board and the BESydney team during his eight years’ Board service.