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May 9, 2016

Western Australia Reverses Funding Cuts for Perth Convention Bureau

Western Australia Premier Colin Barnett and Treasurer Mike Nahan have announced a decision to reverse a proposed funding cut for the Perth Convention Bureau (PCB), reinstating $3.15 million in funding and adding a further $7.55 million across the forward estimates. 

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The Association of Australian Convention Bureaux (AACB) released a statement welcoming the decision, with AACB CEO Andrew Hiebl saying, “This is an investment not just in tourism, a super-growth sector, but an investment in the knowledge economy for Australia. It recognises the long term benefits that hosting international conventions bring to the country.” 

Earlier this month, Perth successfully hosted the 18th International Conference and Exhibition on Liquefied Natural Gas (LNG 18), attracting in excess of 5,000 delegates and exhibitors from over 60 countries. The PCB led the original bid for this convention back in 2008.

“Hosting LNG 18 in Perth clearly had an impact on the reinstatement decision as it showcased the strategic opportunities that this sector can deliver for Western Australia such as international promotion, attract global talent, stimulate trade, foster innovation and boost productivity,” said Heibl.

The Western Australia budget for 2016/17 will be officially handed down on Wednesday, May 11. 

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