Perth secures world’s largest marine mammal conference

two whales swimming in calm blue water of Scarborough Beach, Perth, Western Australia

In a major win for Western Australia, Perth has been chosen – over China and Singapore – as the host destination of the 25th Biennial Conference on the Biology of Marine Mammals come December 2023.

As the largest conference of its kind, it is expected to attract more than 2,000 members of the Society for Marine Mammals to Western Australia over eight days, including pre- and post- touring to the regions, generating more than A$10 million (US$7.1 million) for the local economy in direct delegate expenditure.

Two whales swimming in the blue waters off Scarborough Beach, Perth

Business Events Perth chief executive Gareth Martin said: “This is welcome news for Western Australia and comes at a crucial time for the local business events industry, which has been impacted significantly by the coronavirus pandemic.”

“Lucrative business events such as these require significant planning and by securing them now we are not only looking to the long-term recovery of our tourism industry but ensuring Australia is kept front of mind for decision makers as a world-class events destination,” said the federal minister for tourism Simon Birmingham.

Supported by Tourism Australia’s Business Events Bid Fund Program, Business Events Perth proposed an attractive funding package to secure the event.

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