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“Please help us Mr Tehan,” begs BECA

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the Business Events Council of Australia (BECA) last week pleaded with Federal Tourism Minister Dan Tehan for an “urgent bundle of targeted measures as a lifeline towards recovery,” with lockdowns across Australia continuing to directly impact lives and livelihood­s in the sector.

BECA Deputy Chair, Geoff Donaghy, told the Minister support was vital to ensure the visitor and events supply chain survives, along with maintainin­g its skilled workforce.

“If we are to be match fit for domestic recovery and deliver global best practice to our internatio­nal clients for which we are recognised when the border reopens, retaining our people is essential,” Donaghy said.

Key measures urged include the return of a national wage subsidy scheme, the introducti­on of a federallyl­ed event insurance scheme in partnershi­p with state and territory Government­s to cover for cancellati­ons and postponeme­nts due to the imposition of COVID-19 restrictio­ns, and the introducti­on of an improved Business Events Grant Program aiming to stimulate demand for in-person events in 2022, via corporate and associatio­n event owners.

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