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Mice Net : February 2009
news Technology (There are two recommendations in total) • That BE industry associations develop case studies which demonstrate the effectiveness of face-to-face events. Climate change and sustainability (There are nine recommendations in total) • That the Australian Government introduces a short-term incentive scheme and/or tax relief to encourage all event organisers to aim for carbon-neutral events. • That TA, in partnership with the CVBs (convention & visitors bureaux) and industry, introduce and adopt the practice of running carbon-neutral familiarisations for media and BE buyers as a benchmark for industry. Export services • That the BE industry and the Australian Government work together to establish an agreed methodology to capture the scope and value of this growing BE export market. Forecasting (There are three recommendations in total) Infrastructure (There are four recommendations in total) • That Governments identify crown land and property in capital cities that would be better used for tourism development. • That Governments ensure all tourism development exceeding $20 million is not subject to local council approval but assessed and approved under states’ environmental and planning laws as matters of state and regional significance. Research (There are four recommendations in total) • That additional Government funding be allocated to TRA (Tourism Research Australia) specifically to boost its BE research. • That BE industry organisations allocate an annual budget for research and BECA play a co-ordinating role to ensure research investments are maximised. 32 mice.net Taxation (There are six recommendations in total) • That the GST ruling on deposits as it relates to the tourism industry be scrapped and the timing of GST liabilities brought in line with other liabilities. • That the Australian Government introduces an incentive for businesses to train staff, similar to an R&D incentive, with tax deductibility of 125 per cent on all eligible training, as part of the Australian Government’s “educational revolution” to encourage ongoing job training and to stimulate the domestic BE business. • That tax incentives (125 per cent) for approved training programs run by employers for employees stipulate that the training must be delivered within Australia. Visas • That the Australian Government appoint a BECA representative to the Tourism Advisory Group (TVAG) so the BE sector can be represented in discussions to steamline the visa process, particularly for large group movements related to major conventions/business events. Workforce skills & training (There are seven recommendations in total) • That business events is officially recognised by the Australian Government as a sector suffering from a chronic skills shortage by adding it to the national skills shortage list, ensuring that assistance with visas and migration of skilled labour is offered. • That the Australian Government requests its own Federal Departments and agencies recognise and give preference to Accredited Meetings Managers in relevant appointments or contracts, given the large number of meetings hosted by government. Strategy implementation • That an Australian Business Events Strategy Implementation Group be established to provide ongoing guidance and review of the Strategy. • That the Australian BE Strategy Implementation Group promotes increased co-ordination between the BE Industry and the Australian Government. • That the Australian BE Strategy Implementation Group meets at least twice annually. • That the Australian BE Strategy Implementation Group be structured as per the details provided in this Strategy. ABOVE: The report recommends that the Federal Government increase funding to Tourism Australia so it can boost its business events activity.