The Perth Convention Bureau (PCB) would welcome more large conventions like LNG 18.
PCB led the original bid back in 2008 and since then there has been criticism in some quarters that Perth didn’t have sufficient exhibition space, not enough hotel rooms and was too distant. The criticisms have been blown away by the highly successful event held in Perth this week.
PCB Chairman, Ian Laurance, said “the LNG 18 convention and exhibition was a marvelous success and it clearly demonstrates that Perth has the capacity to hold more large-scale conventions in the future”.
Due to world market conditions, the number of delegates has softened somewhat, however in terms of size of conventions, LNG 18 was one of the largest ever held in Perth.
Counting direct delegates, contractors, suppliers, event and security staff, some 6,000 people have had an involvement with LNG 18, and the direct benefit to the Western Australian economy has been calculated at fifty million dollars.
“The Perth Convention and Exhibition Centre (PCEC) and the Professional Conference Organiser, Arinex, are to be congratulated for delivering a superb outcome featuring delegates and exhibitors from over 60 countries” Ian said.
The temporarily expanded PCEC coped extremely well for such a large event and PCEC Centre Management had excellent support from many Government agencies.
All the sponsors of LNG 18 are to be congratulated, and mention must be made of the State Government, which contributed $2.5 million to ensure the convention went ahead. These funds were mainly used to construct temporary infrastructure to expand the capacity of PCEC.
“This temporary expansion clearly illustrates that, into the future, if Perth is to remain competitive on the international conference sector stage, an expanded PCEC is essential” he added.
The not-for-profit Perth Convention Bureau is in its 44th year of operation. It has been bringing conferences to Perth and Western Australia since its establishment in 1972. More recently, its focus on high yielding medical and resources conferences has delivered the highest spending delegates in the visitor economy, spending over 5 times more than a leisure tourist.
But the benefits to the State are far more than in the spend; the social, business, knowledge enrichment and heightened profile of the State is immeasurable.
Ian Laurance said that “with long-standing support from the City of Perth and the State Government, and performing at double the efficiency and success of our east coast competitors, PCB will continue scouring the globe to bring larger, high value, international conventions to the City”.