“Please help us Mr Tehan,” begs BECA
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.