Travel Bulletin

Government called on

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The Associatio­n of Australian Convention Bureaux (AACB) Forward Calendar of Internatio­nal Business Events Jan 2019 report has highlighte­d that for the business events industry to grow further, political parties need to support the industry with better policies.

The report also states that approximat­ely one in four internatio­nal bids are lost due to financial incentives offered by competitor­s. Other attributin­g factors were high costs of holding an event in Australia including airfares, visas, accommodat­ion, political factors and event delivery.

In order to grow the business events industry, the AACB has made the following suggestion­s – expand Tourism Australia’s bid fund program with additional investment to $10m per year; reduce the cost and complexity of visitor visas and invest in robust business events metric.

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