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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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New South Wales Commits AU$300,000 More to Regional Events

Following the New South Wales Regional Conferencing Develop-ment Grants pilot programme launched last year, the NSW Government has committed a further AU$300,000 to attract or create business events across the State. 4,600 delegates are expected to attend twelve events already funded, and should inject around AU$2 million into communities across NSW. From CIM News Magazine…

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Australia’s Meetings Industry Welcomes New National Bid Fund

The announcement of Tourism Australia’s new AU$12 million business events bid fund has been unanimously welcomed across the country’s meetings industry. The Association of Australian Convention Bureaux said the investment will cause significant disruption to the global business events landscape and help reverse a decline in Australia’s international ranking and market share. From CIM News Magazine…

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Australia Announces AU$12m Business Events Bid Fund

Tourism Australia has launched a AU$12m national fund to support bids for new, high-value international incentive, association, and exhibition events. The announcement was made by Minister for Trade, Tourism and Investment Steven Ciobo in Melbourne. The fund allows Australia to compete more aggressively with destinations already operating bid funds. From CIM News Magazine…

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Northern Territory Competing for Meetings with Subvention Fund

Australia’s Northern Territory has launched a scheme called the Northern Territory Business Events Support Fund. Event organisers can apply for financial assistance of AU$100 per delegate up to a maximum of AU$50,000, with priority given to meetings that align with key knowledge sectors and whose participants are mostly from out of state. From CIM News Magazine…

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Advantage Events Abu Dhabi Fund Launched

Abu Dhabi has launched a fund to incentivise international, regional and local companies to enhance its events programme. Attracting more meetings is a key goal of the emirate’s Department of Culture and Tourism. The initial funding is AED10 million, with further tranches being made available as the scheme evolves. From CIM News Magazine…  

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