Business Events Council of Australia (BECA) has welcomed the Coalition Government’s decision to make tourism part of the Foreign Affairs and Trade portfolio, saying the move recognises tourism’s role as a major economic driver for Australia.
BECA Executive Manager Inge Garofani said the initiative was good news for business events as it brought the industry into the portfolio where it provided the greatest value.
“The business events industry is a key economic driver for Australia, attracting international trade and investment, promoting innovation and increased productivity,” Ms Garofani said.
“The business events industry provides the platform for foreign trade and encourages global collaborations which lead to many flow-on benefits. The Coalition has recognised this with its decision to move responsibility for tourism to the Trade and Industry Ministries.
“The change allows great opportunity for the government to leverage the business events industry legacy values and opens the door for business events to gain international support by working with agencies such as Austrade.
“We are also excited by the commitment by the Coalition to lend consular support for business events.”
Ms Garofani said BECA was looking forward to working with the new Government and its ministries to ensure the greatest value was achieved from the new positioning.