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Business Events Venues Industry, Australia (cat. no. 8566.0)
The business events industry operates venues to support conferences, seminars, workshops, colloquia, conventions, exhibitions, and other events (such as incentives and business lunches/dinners). Such events are designed to enhance the development of the industries and associations which host them and to provide a means of sharing knowledge and information.
Business events have significant economic impact in their own right and are sought after by private and government agencies in the cities or regions in which they are held. They generate significant economic activity which would not otherwise occur in the cities and regions in which they are held: these include direct inputs such as registration fees, accommodation, meals and beverages, transport, entertainment, shopping, and in the process employment is created.
In 1999 the Bureau of Tourism Research completed a study of the Australian meetings and exhibitions industry sector which suggested that basic statistics on the structure and operations of the events industry were not available. The BTR study provided some basis upon which to estimate the economic activity of the events venue industry, however it revealed significant gaps in the information available on the industry. This Business Events Venues Survey attempts to fill some of those gaps.
The survey collects data which will provide information on the types of events held, the financial operations of the industry in terms of income and expenditure and the capacity and use of events venues. This will inform major stakeholders including industry associations (e.g. the Business Events Council of Australia, Meetings Industry Association of Australia, and Exhibition and Event Association of Australia) , other ABS statistical collection areas, government agencies and the business establishments operating in the industry. It will also provide information (such as comparative size of operations and profitability) to inform decisions made by business establishments who wish to enter the industry.
For the purpose of the collection business events include those a commercial, financial, technology and scientific nature. (It excludes venues which have as their predominant events activity social and entertainment events).
The final collection frame was developed using information obtained from industry associations, from convention/conference bureaux in each State and Territory, and from published lists of venues marketed on the World Wide Web and in published directory services of telecommunications agencies (eg Yellow pages). The frame was developed with the assistance of the Business Events Council of Australia (BECA) which is the peak consultative body for the industry.
Business establishments which provide facilities and services in support of business events (conferences, meetings, exhibitions).
Counts of the following:
State summary data will be made available for selected key indicators (eg number of establishments, total space, number of events held, total income).
Data sets will be cross-classified by type of venue.
The following other key terms and concepts are applicable to this collection:
Types of events:
Source of Income
Capacity and usage of facilities (including floor space, number of lettable rooms)
Number of events
Delegate/Attendee days (Total number of delegates/attendees attending x days attended)
New South Wales
FREQUENCY OF DATA AVAILABILITY
The collection will be conducted once as a one-off survey, with no current intention to repeat it. The collection will be conducted by means of a mail-out questionnaire and after processing the results will be released in standard ABS products. The collection reference period is 2000-2001 and the release of final results is expected in June 2002.
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