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May 16, 2015
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Sydney drops in rankings, Australia rises
Was closure of Sydney’s convention centre a smart move?
Howards wins Vietnam fireworks competition
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Perth bureau funding cut
 
Despite a $31 dollar return on every dollar invested, the Western Australian Government has slashed funding to the Perth Convention Bureau (PCB) by 28 per cent in its State Budget released yesterday.
 
PCB chief executive Paul Beeson said the substantial funding reduction is “discouraging” particularly in the context of the PCB being one of the highest performing convention bureaux in Australia.
 
In the last financial year the PCB secured direct delegate expenditure of $107.9 million, delivering 104 per cent of its $104 million target. It was presently on track to exceed its 2014-15 target of $106 million.
 
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Sydney drops in rankings, Australia rises
 
Cities around Australia must be doing better at winning international meetings with news that Australia’s world ranking according to the International Congress & Convention Association (ICCA), has risen three places to 13th (hosting 260 meetings in 2014 compared to 231 in 2013).
 
Sydney remains the leading Australian city in 25th place (hosting 82 meetings in 2014) but has dropped five places from 2013 where it was ranked 20th and hosted 93 meetings.
 
The fall by Sydney in the rankings is understandable considering the closure of the Sydney Convention & Exhibition Centre.
 
What is therefore surprising is that either other Australian cities have secured more international meetings, or ICCA, as it is known to do, has refined the number of meetings it includes in its calculations. To be included meetings must be held on a regular basis, have at least 50 delegates, and rotate between at least three countries.
 
The USA, Germany, Spain, UK and France are the top countries for meetings with the top five cities being Paris, Vienna, Madrid, Berlin and Barcelona.
 
ICCA will not be releasing the full report until June.
Was closure of Sydney’s convention centre a smart move?
 
By Brad Foster
 
News that Sydney has dropped five places in the ICCA rankings – from 20th place in 2013 to 25th in 2014, and hosted 11 less international meetings, has put the spotlight on whether full closure of the Sydney Convention & Exhibition Centre was a good idea.
 
Business Events Sydney says 78 events secured by the organisation in 2014 equates to an economic impact of $225 million. That being the case, the economic impact of international meetings that fit the ICCA criteria in 2014 is approximately $28 million lower than it was in comparison to 2013 (taking as an average economic impact of $2.8 million per meeting).
 
With the new International Convention Centre Sydney not opening until the end of next year, additional losses will be incurred in 2015 and 2016. And that equates to a whole lot of money.
 
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Howards wins Vietnam fireworks competition
 
Howard & Sons Pyrotechnic has beaten the world’s best and taken first place in the just-completed Da Nang International Fireworks Competition in Vietnam.
 
The 20 minute pyromusical called Symphony of Colour was the first international competition win for Howard’s Victorian and Tasmanian state manager, Rusty Johnson, who was rushed to hospital just days before the competition began with kidney stones.
 
The Symphony of Colour display took five months in the planning and had an impressive display of vivid pyrotechnic colours, effects, and a 50 metre round SFX ring that was suspended above the display site and which shot circular firing patters of comets, mines and jets, all perfectly synchronised to an entertaining, high energy musical soundtrack.
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