Business Events Perth extends Event Here Now funding

Attendees meeting face-to-face at a tradeshow. Photo credit: ATSA Independent Living Expo

The Western Australian business events sector will get a further boost, with Business Events Perth’s latest announcement of a limited six-month extension of its Event Here Now fund.

Through the fund, business event organisers planning a new business event in Western Australia can apply for sponsorship of up to A$15 (US$11) a delegate, to a maximum of A$10,000, for new in-person events.

Attendees meeting face-to-face at a tradeshow. Photo credit: ATSA Independent Living Expo

Eligible events include conferences, exhibitions or tradeshows, workshops and seminars, as well as corporate meetings and incentive group events with a business event programme.

Business Events Perth chief executive Gareth Martin said feedback on the Event Here Now initiative, since it launched in August 2020, had been overwhelmingly positive, and it was important to continue to support the local industry.

“The purpose of this initiative was to support the recovery of the Western Australian business events industry, after major disruption to the sector caused by the global pandemic,” Martin said.

So far, Business Events Perth has supported 202 state-based events from Kununurra to Albany through the Event Here Now initiative, bringing more than 100,000 delegates together.

“While there are positive signs for the local industry, with the lifting of local venue capacity restrictions, we’re aware that the transition ahead will be challenging, so we’re extending our support to the end of this year.”

Event Here Now sponsorship is valid only for new business event bookings to be held in Western Australia prior to December 31, 2021.

The total funding support is determined by the event duration and number of delegates attending the event in-person.

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