Taking place on December 3, 2020, was Business Events Victoria’s (BEV) Regional Victoria Virtual Showcase, an online event that saw 200 event planners conduct 178 one-on-one meetings with regional Victorian venues.

BEV executive officer Chris Porter said there is a lot of optimism in the air following the further easing of Victoria’s COVID-19 restrictions.

“The virtual showcase was perfectly timed, with the most recent announcements around the return to workplaces and increases for indoor and outdoor gatherings in Victoria made just days later,” he said.

“There is a feeling of confidence among the industry that business events will be able to safely operate within the Victorian regions once again.

“There is a burning desire among the workforce to move back to a format of meeting in person, which is not only good for business but also good for the regional Victorian economy. Business Events Victoria is looking forward to continuing our work to facilitate this move into 2021.”

Some of the offerings showcased included:

• Bendigo as Australia’s 1st UNESCO Creative City of Gastronomy
• Grampians being home to 80 per cent of Victoria’s rock-art sites
• Dunkeld’s new Visitor Hub opening in 2021
• Warrnambool’s Flagstaff Hill with its after-dark Sound & Light Show experience
• A private dinner experience on the banks of a Salt Lake just out of Mildura
• Iconic pre-dinner experience on Echuca’s heritage paddle steamers along the mighty Murray

For more information on organising an event in Regional Victoria, click here.