Perth secures world’s largest marine mammal conference

Business Events Perth has announced a major win as it gets ready to welcome the world’s largest marine mammal conference in 2023.

The 25th Biennial Conference on the Biology of Marine Mammals is heading to Perth in December 2023 and is set to bring thousands of marine experts from around the world to the city, contributing AU$10m to the local economy.

Business Events Perth chief executive Gareth Martin said he was delighted to announce that Business Events Perth had delivered the successful bid to bring the conference to the region.

“This is welcome news for Western Australia and comes at a crucial time for the local business events industry, which has been impacted significantly by the coronavirus pandemic,” Martin said.

“We are proud to secure such a high-profile event for the state, and regional Western Australia will also benefit with many delegates dispersing to our regions to experience our marine mammals first-hand.”

Supported by Tourism Australia’s Business Events Bid Fund Program (BFP), Business Events Perth proposed a funding package to secure the event.

Federal Minister for Tourism, Simon Birmingham said Western Australia was renowned for its spectacular, unspoilt marine environments making it fitting for Perth to have successfully won the bid to host the significant event.

“This conference will provide a boost to the local economy and give businesses confidence in the road ahead as the industry begins to rebuild from the impacts caused by coronavirus,” Birmingham said.

“Lucrative business events such as these require significant planning and by securing them now we are not only looking to the long-term recovery of our tourism industry but ensuring Australia is kept front of mind for decision-makers as a world-class events destination.”

Perth was successful against strong competing bids from China and Singapore.

President-elect of the Society for Marine Mammalogy, Charles Littnan said the society was excited to visit Western Australia.

“Our members will be travelling from around the world to share their cutting-edge science at the conference and take advantage of all that Western Australia has to offer,” Littnan said.

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