Business Events Geelong has launched a new campaign – You Belong in Geelong – to let the industry know that it is back open for events and incentives.

The campaign involves a $30,000 funding program that will support events of up to 50-pax by providing a financial subsidy to the value of $50 per delegate.

Event managers, PCOs, EAs and PAs must request funds to cover actual event costs, including but not limited to accommodation, venue hire, transport and other event costs.

Those interested in accessing the funds must book their event in Geelong, The Bellarine and Werribee by April 30, 2021 and events must be held by December 30, 2021. A minimum number of 10 delegates applies, with the offer available only to new bookings.

Another part of the campaign involves local venues and suppliers providing a number of exclusive deals on event packages, experiences, venue hire and food & beverage discounts.

Commenting on the campaign, convention bureau manager for Business Events Geelong Mark Day said: “Following border closures and mass-scale lockdowns, face-to-face meetings are now more valuable than ever.

“The You Belong in Geelong campaign hopes to re-engage event planners with the plethora of world-class experiences that we have available in Geelong, The Bellarine and Werribee.

“From award-winning wineries to top-quality conference and event venues; a lively restaurant scene to vibrant cultural precincts – our region is ready and excited to welcome everyone back.

“With tour operators, restaurants and venues operating at limited capacity through the shutdown period, it is more important than ever that we band together as an industry and support these local businesses; many of which are family-owned and operated.”

Event organisers with more than 50 delegates interested in accessing funding should contact the Business Events Geelong team for a confidential conversation.

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