Perth busi­ness events back­flip

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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”.

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