The Federal Government has highlighted the Guild’s APP conference in a statement on support for business events
A statement issued by the Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade says that Queensland’s Gold Coast is “open for business as one of Australia’s premier convention destinations”.
The Department notes that the Morrison Government is supporting local events through a $50 million program.
“Pre-COVID, the Gold Coast’s business events sector contributed $570 million to the economy, attracting event attendees from all over Australia and the world,” says the Department.
“Australia’s business events industry is worth $36 billion to the Australian economy and supports around 230,000 Australian jobs.
“The Morrison Government is supporting Australian jobs and businesses through the $50 million Business Events Grants Program to help cover the costs of attending business events, like conventions, trade shows and conferences.
“The Government is also launching a new domestic advertising campaign to support the business events sector by encouraging event planners and decision makers to host an event in Australia this year.”
The Department made particular mention of the Pharmacy Guild’s APP2021 event, which is scheduled to be held at the Gold Coast Convention Centre in May this year.
“Attendees will benefit from the $50 million grants program,” it said, also highlighting the Hire and Rental Industry Association’s annual event, which will also be an approved event under the Government’s Business Events Grants Program.
“The $50 million Business Events Grants Program is a great initiative by the Federal Government to encourage more delegates and exhibitors to attend conferences in 2021,” said APP Conference Convenor Kos Sclavos.
“Our event is the largest pharmacy trade expo in Australia and the grant funding provides the opportunity for even more businesses in our industry to take part.
“Without events such as APP, businesses would not have the opportunity to meet with existing and new target audiences in this important, face to face setting.”
The Guild also announced on Monday morning that Business Events Grants funding is still available through Austrade for APP2021 exhibitors and attendees. Exhibitors and delegates are now eligible to submit an application to recoup 50% of their costs.
Attendees have a week left to save over $200 through the extended Super Early Bird offer, which it says must close on Monday 22 February.
APP2021 has a comprehensive COVID Safe Event Plan in place to keep attendees safe, says the Guild.