Published on May 18, 2021

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$5.5 million is now available to business event organisers to host conferences, conventions, training courses, trade shows and exhibitions in regional NSW to give the state’s visitor economy a significant boost.

The NSW Government’s Business Events Industry Support package – part of the $51.5 million Tourism Support Package – will turbocharge the state’s business events calendar, generating critical visitation and expenditure.

The NSW Regional Business Event Development Fund is designed to help stakeholders create, attract and support exciting business events for regional NSW.

It will help reboot the business events sector in regional NSW by incentivising businesses and event owners to make NSW their next host destination.

The package provides targeted relief to the business events industry by stimulating activity immediately and creating a pipeline of events into the coming months and years.

The business events industry is a powerhouse of the NSW visitor economy because it attracts visitors who stay multiple nights, and these events engage many businesses in the Tourism sector.

The package includes two funding programs:

  • $1.5 million for Regional Conferencing to include an additional round of the Regional Business Event Development Fund: Up to $15,000 for events with up to 150 delegates, and up to $30,000 for events with more than 150 delegates.
  • $4 million Kickstart 2021 Sydney Business Events Fund: Up to $45,000 for one-day events and up to $90,000 for two-day events in Greater Sydney, Newcastle and Wollongong, matched dollar-for-dollar by event organisers.

To apply for the Business Events Industry Support package grants and for more information including eligibility criteria visit for business events in regional NSW.