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Indonesia Launches $1m Bid Fund

Indonesia’s Ministry of Tourism has announced a $1 million bid fund in 2019 to increase its share of international meetings. Indonesian Tourism is also thinking about developing new destinations like Batam and Bintan. Currently only Bali and Jakarta are considered meetings-ready. An IMF World Bank Meeting was held this October in Bali. From Association Meetings International…

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Mike Cannon: The Sarawak Outsider Returns to AACB

Mike Cannon, former Executive Director of the Association of Australian Convention Bureaux, was recently in Sydney to collect an AACB Hall of Fame plaque. During he visit he gave an interview on affordable events, Australia’s new Business Events Bid Fund, regional meetings, future challenges for convention bureaux, and their value to members. From CIM News Magazine…

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Convention Bureaux Boost Australian SMEs

Australia’s convention bureaux are attracting eight percent more large international business events to the country, and boosting opportunities for small businesses beyond those traditionally seen in tourism. This sector analysis is contained in the new International Business Events Forward Calendar, produced by the AACB (Association of Australian Convention Bureaux). From CIM News Magazine…

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IATA Slot Conference Lands in Brisbane

Aviation industry decision makers are set to descend on Brisbane in November 2019 for the 145th International Air Transport Association Slot Conference. The meeting was secured with support from Tourism Australia’s Business Events Bid Fund, and is likely to attract more than 1,200 delegates from over 230 airlines across the world. From CIM News Magazine…

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NSW Flagship Event Fund Simplified

Minister for Tourism and Major Events Adam Marshall has said the New South Wales Government in Australia’s Flagship Event Fund 2019 would, for the first time, be offered in two rounds with a simplified application process. Regional events can now apply for a grant to promote their event outside its local area. From CIM News Magazine…

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Business Events: African Associations

In the last of three insights on the value of business and professional events, GainingEdge CEO Gary Grimmer and Gregg Talley, President and CEO of the Talley Management Group, delve deeper into the role associations play as gateways to professional and sector development. They specifically tackle the opportunities that exist for associations within Africa’s transition…

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VisitBritain Invites Business Event Grant Applications

VisitBritain is calling for grant applications for its programme to secure new international business events for the United Kingdom and to grow the economic value of existing events. The Event Support Programme, launched in 2016, has to date assisted 28 events and bids across the country from Aberdeen to Bristol with more than £500,000 awarded. From Meetpie.com…

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NT Commissions KPMG Business Events Strategy

The Northern Territory Department of Tourism and Culture in Australia has appointed KPMG to deliver the first long-term strategic plan for the business events sector. The recent AU$103 million Turbocharging Tourism stimulus package of the NT Government includes AU$2.33 million to support business event bids. The report is expected to be delivered by October 2018. From CIM News Magazine…

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CINZ Calls for Business Events Tax Reform

Conventions and Incentives New Zealand has called for the removal of the Goods and Services Tax disadvantage the country’s international conferences face compared to other destinations like Australia. Currently GST is charged at 15 percent on registration fees in New Zealand regardless of whether or not attendees are residents. From CIM News Magazine…

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UITP Global Public Transport Summit First Australian Bid Fund Win

Once this railway station was Melbourne’s favourite meeting place. Now the Union International des Transports Publics Global Public Transport Summit 2021 is the first event win supported by Australia’s new national bid fund. The four-day meeting will bring 2,000 delegates to the newly expanded Melbourne Convention and Exhibition Centre. Photo: Adam J.W.C. From CIM News Magazine…

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Three Questions: Tourism Australia’s John O’Sullivan

Australia has recently launched a business events bid fund, and the first meeting it will support, the UITP Global Public Transport Summit, will both be bringing 2,000 delegates to Melbourne in 2021 and deliver AU$9.4 million to Victoria’s economy. John O’Sullivan, Managing Director of Tourism Australia, answers three questions about his country’s approach to meetings. From Boardroom…

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Government Bidding: Australia’s AU$12m National Bid Fund

The announcement of the Australian Government’s AU$12 million national bid fund is a major turning point for the business events industry. Tourism Australia’s unit Business Events Australia will oversee the fund, which has been made possible in no small part by Minister for Trade, Tourism and Investment Steve Ciobo. From CIM News Magazine…

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