Business Events Perth has launched a library of 3D, digital venue tours to support future business events.
Chief executive, Gareth Martin, said the new tours are a strategic investment by the convention bureau in its work to secure national and international business events for Western Australia.
"This is a game changer for reigniting that confidence to plan and book a business event here," Martin said, adding that "having a strong digital presence has never been more important".
These self-guided, immersive tours cover a spectrum of venues, including the city's convention centre, hotels, stadiums and serviced residences.
With the new function, planners need simply use their mouse to rotate, move and explore inside the venue — available for viewing in dollhouse mode, which gives a 360° view and the option to zoom straight in, floor by floor, or as a flat blueprint plan.
Planners who need more detail can look at capacity charts, and click on a measurement mode tool, which allows point-to-point selections to measure venue dimensions such as ceiling height, and distance between objects.
Those who own VR headsets can additionally view the space in virtual reality mode, upping the tour experience.
So far, 15 venues have joined the programme, including Perth Convention and Exhibition Centre, Optus Stadium, and Crown Perth. More venues will be added later this year.
The launch is supported by Business Events Australia’s Boost Program, which offers financial and marketing support "to encourage Australian businesses and organisations to host in-person events again,” said Penny Lion, executive GM, events at Tourism Australia.