Twenty Western Australian business events have made it onto the approved schedule of business events, which are eligible for the Business Events Grants Program, which is offering between $10,000 and $250,000 to offset the cost for delegates and exhibitors to attend and present at pre-approved business events.
Business Events Perth chief executive Gareth Martin urged local exhibitors and delegates to apply for the funding, saying it would provide welcome relief to the business event sector.
Grants are available to Australian businesses to participate as buyers or sellers at pre-approved exhibitions, conferences and conventions held before 31 December 2021.
110 local business events supported
Before the onset of the pandemic, the business events sector in Australia was estimated to worth $35 billion in direct economic impact to the national economy, with Western Australia’s share worth about $2.5 billion.
Mr Martin said Business Events Perth’s Event Here Now campaign had supported 110 local business events since it was launched in August 2020.
“Through our Event Here Now initiative Business Events Perth is offering up to $30,000 in sponsorship to local business events, and this program has been hugely successful, bringing together more than 56,000 delegates to connect and collaborate in person,” Mr Martin said.