Perth business events backflip
TOURISM authorities in Western Australia have recognised the growing importance of business events to the state economy, reversing a previous decision which had proposed slashing funding to the Perth Convention Bureau by 30%. The move followed a reshuffle which saw Premier Colin Barnett also become Minister for Tourism. Barnett said the additional funding was critical, given the considerably expanded accommodation and venue space currently under development. Perth Convention Bureau CEO Paul Beeson said the decision was an “acknowledgement of the high return on investment PCB offers, and recognition of the role of business tourism in the economy and fabric of the state”.