Katy Gallagher yesterday launched the THINK CANBERRA Conference Support Program, a cunning plan designed to lure international conferences to Canberra, presumably using CAPITAL LETTERS as bait.
THINK CANBERRA is an initiative of the Canberra Convention Bureau.
“THINK CANBERRA is not just about $10,000 to bid for or put on a conference. It’s about the enormous expertise and networks held by the bureau, the Research and Learning Institutes Group, our universities and cultural institutions – which together make Canberra a knowledge hub and a high quality commodity,” the Chief Minister said.
“THINK CANBERRA also has strong connections with StudyCanberra, particularly in relation to the aim of raising awareness of Canberra as Australia’s ‘Learning Capital’, and as a preferred destination for academics and researchers to visit and study,” the Chief Minister said.
The StudyCanberra initiative provides over $2 million over four years to promote Canberra as a destination of choice for domestic and international students. Its objective is to increase the capacity of ACT tertiary education for research and innovation, and to promote the contribution of education to the ACT economy.
“Our significant alumni networks, national and international, are an important market for attracting conventions to the capital. THINK CANBERRA and StudyCanberra can both tap into these to promote Canberra as a preferred destination for research, learning and innovation throughout Australia and overseas,” the Chief Minister said.