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IFEA World Festival And Event City Award : IFEA World Festival And Event City Award
Business Events Sydney (previously Sydney Convention and Visitor Bureau) works to attract conferences, incentive tours and meetings to Sydney. Business Events Sydney (BESydney) is responsible for promoting Sydney as a business events destination, identifying new event opportunities and bringing these events to Sydney. They provide the capability to leverage events across the industry, supporting major events, including help finding suppliers and venues, and creating marketing initiatives to boost attendance. the success of festivals and events. They support the events landscape in Sydney by releasing media releases in support of festivals and events. For Vivid Sydney 2011, Events NSW engaged with a number of organisations, including The Rocks Chamber of Commerce, Sydney Harbour Business Alliance, Property Council of Australia, Australian Hotel Association, Tourism Transport Forum and Sydney Harbour Foreshore Authority to undertake activities to support the festival. 4.4 CHAmbER OF COmmERCE / CONVENTION AND VISITOR buREAu SuPPORT Sydney Business Chamber, works to ensure Sydney gets the recognition, support and promotion needed to continue as Australia’s global city. In addition to the state-wide policy and advocacy work, they provide a voice for Sydney’s business community and lobbies on a wide range of issues which impact Sydney as a global city. The Chamber of Commerce groups regularly work with event owners and government to ensure 4.5 ORgANISATIONS TO ASSIST PEOPLE WITH DISAbILITIES The Companion Card, an initiative of the Department of Aging, Disability and Home Care (DADAC), allows people with a significant and permanent disability necessitating attendant care for the rest of their lives to participate in community activities and events without discrimination. Companion Card holders are not required to purchase an additional ticket for their attendant carer, making many entertainment, leisure and recreation venues/activities and services more affordable10. Auslan (Australian Sign Language) provide interpreters for a number of theatre and concert performances. The Australian Centre of Event Management (ACEM) have specific programs to assist events organisations to facilitate the involvement of people with disabilities and older people in conferences, festivals, sporting and other events. Image: Australia Day; City of Sydney 10http://sydney.edu.au/stuserv/disability/support.shtml 68 | IFEA WORLD FESTIVAL AND EVENT CITY AWARD |69