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$2 Million Immediate Resilience Plan: Business Events Support Fund Incentive Doubles the Attraction

The Territory Labor Government has doubled its incentive to secure more business events for the Northern Territory as part of the $2 Million Immediate Tourism Resilience Plan to support the tourism industry and local jobs.

Business events planners or organisations, at the consideration or bidding stage, can apply for financial assistance of $200 per delegate for eligible applications received by 31 May 2020 for business events staged by 30 June 2021.

To date, the Turbocharging Tourism Business Events Support Fund has secured 56 business events to 2022. It is anticipated 17 300 delegates will generate an estimated $40.44 million delegate expenditure - a direct boost to our economy meaning more local jobs.

This is an attractive incentive to help promote the Territory as a key destination for staging national business events and supports Business Events Australia’s #eventherethisyear campaign, which urges organisations to hold their business events at home this year rather than abroad as part of the National Bushfire Recovery effort.

The boosted offer was a key message for the Northern Territory during the 2020 Asia Pacific Incentives Meetings Event (AIME) held in Melbourne last week.

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Quotes from Acting Minister for Tourism, Sport and Culture, Eva Lawler:

“The doubling of the NT Business Events Support Fund incentive to $200 per delegate is part of the Territory Labor Government’s $2 million Immediate Tourism Resilience Plan to minimise the impact on our tourism industry of the Australian bushfires and the coronavirus travel restrictions.

“Business events deliver strong economic benefits to the Territory. We know a business event attracting 500 delegates injects more than $1 million in estimated delegate expenditure into our economy, so it’s critical we rally behind our industry now to encourage event organisers to book their business events in the NT this year.

“Our Turbocharging tourism investment into the NT Business Events Support Fund is crucial to attracting more national and international business events to the NT and positioning the Territory as a key destination for business events.

“Business events travellers spend more than other types of visitors which helps to support local jobs in our tourism, retail and hospitality industries.”

Quotes from Darwin Convention Centre General Manager, Peter Savoff:

“The doubling of the Northern Territory Business Events Support Fund incentive, to $200 per delegate, was enthusiastically received by all of Darwin Convention Centre’s appointments at AIME and more importantly, buyers were immediately repositioning Darwin in their consideration lists as a competitive destination to stage their next business event.”

Quotes from Alice Springs Convention Centre, General Manager, Lisa Goode:

“The recent increase of the NT Business Events Support Fund to $200 per delegate was a positive selling point at AIME.  It will continue to be a focal selling point at the upcoming Alice Stampede to attract conferences to the Alice Springs region.”

Quotes from Voyages Indigenous Tourism Australia, Director of Sales, Peter Graham:

The NT Government’s recent announcement of doubling the bid fund boost to $200 per delegate played a pivotal part in Uluru just being selected as the destination for a significant annual conference.

“The increased funding provides an additional incentive for clients to contract, with our sales team immediately sharing the news with current proposal holders, as well as it being one of our key messages at last week’s AIME tradeshow.”

Media contact: Lisa Sennett 0436 929 858