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New Business Events Adelaide team

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Following the appointment of well-known industry figure Jakki Govan as general manager of bid management at the convention bureau late last year, Business Events Adelaide has revealed a larger bid team, after the South Australian government increased its funding for the organisation.

With Govan leading both the international and domestic bid teams, Casey Smith, who has been with Business Events Adelaide for five years, has been promoted to international director of bidding.

The international bidding team has three new faces – Helen Xu, who is director of sales for Asia; Mark Phelps, who is the new manager of business development, after moving over the South Australian Tourism Commission; and Peumi Peiris, also a new business development manager, who, most notably, spent 15 years with the Sri Lankan Convention Bureau.

New faces on the domestic bidding team include Chantel Kistenkas, who will handle business development in the Sydney market, and Sara King, who will manage business development throughout Australia, aside from the Sydney and Melbourne markets. King has 15 years of business development experience in hotels and the association sector. Kistenkas and King join Edgar Navarro Parez, who has been with Business Events Adelaide for four years and looks after business development in Melbourne.

Marcia Mudge has also join the bureau team as director of events and services, bringing with her more than two decades of event delivery experience in both public and business events.

Business Events Adelaide’s CEO, Damien Kitto applauded the state government’s funding boost that has made the expanded bidding teams possible.

“The state government’s investment in the organisation has been much welcomed, and is a clear signal that the government sees business events as a sensible no-risk high-return investment in the state’s economic future,” said Kitto.

“Business Events Adelaide is now working into the Department of the Premier and Cabinet as an economic growth rather than a tourism entity.

“Our worth delivering an economic tail for the state’s priority sectors out of the business events we strategically win, is now an established fact. We well understand the responsibility to deliver, that this increased faith and investment in us brings.”

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