Autralian bureaux experience boom

Revenue has soared at two Australian convention bureaux, underlining the country’s post-Olympic appeal for group events. The Sydney Convention and Visitors Bureau (SCVB) has recorded more than A$149 million (£55 million) worth of bookings since the Games, showing an increase of 71% on the previous year. During the four-month period up to July, the SCVB won 19 events, giving the bureau a 65% bidding success rate – its highest in five years. "Winning the right to hold these major events further seals Sydney’s reputation as a global events capital, and confirms our success in converting this interest to business returns," said SCVB managing director Jon Hutchison. The Perth Convention Bureau (PCB) attracted A$74.5 million (£27.5 million) in delegate spend during its last financial year. This figure equates to an estimated 40,680 delegates and a total of 195,800 room nights. "At the start of the year we set ourselves a target of an 11.4% increase in delegate numbers and this has been exceeded by 4%," said PCB managing director Anne-Maree Ferguson. Meanwhile, work extending the Adelaide Convention Centre will cost more due to delays caused by hot weather.

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