With Australia’s proven track record of successfully delivering events, producing innovative people, and reputation as a place with world-class research facilities and universities, it’s no wonder that the appetite for Australia as a leading business events destination continues to grow, attracting large-scale conventions including the International Congress of Immunology 2016 in Melbourne and the 2021 FIGO World Congress of Gynaecology and Obstetrics in Sydney.
Australia is a place where big landscapes inspire big thinking. Where innovation and a can-do attitude filter through all walks of life, from event delivery to medical breakthroughs.
Already over a billion people around the world rely on Australian discoveries including Spray on Skin, the Cervical Cancer Vaccine, Ultrasound, high speed Wi-Fi and the Bionic Ear. And this is only going to increase, as innovative Australians across a number of knowledge sectors including professional services, advanced manufacturing, food & agriculture, resources & energy, and health & science, develop new cutting edge technology such as the bionic spinal cord.
Australia’s innovative people, and the skills and expertise they hold, are one of the key reasons so many associations are choosing the destination for their events.
Australia is also making sure that infrastructure keeps developing in order to meet current and future demand. Multimillion dollar investment is currently transforming the country, with thousands of new hotel rooms coming on line, as well as new and redeveloped event spaces and convention centres expanding the country’s offering and appeal. Some of the key developments currently underway are the AUD$1 billion development of the International Convention Centre Sydney (ICC Sydney), scheduled to open December 2016, and the redevelopment of Darling Harbour, the area surrounding ICC Sydney.
Meanwhile at the Melbourne Convention and Exhibition Centre, the second stage of its expansion project has commenced and will add nearly 20,000 square metres of flexible, multi-purpose event space including new exhibition halls and additional meeting and banquet rooms.
It will be fully connected and integrated with the existing Centre, increasing its total size to over 70,000 square metres. Once completed, the additional space is anticipated to generate an additional 74,000 international visitors.
Beyond new infrastructure, Australia continues to be a highly desirable destination for business events globally, ranking either first or second, as a place offering an exceptional combination of world-class beauty and natural environments, outstanding business events facilities, quality accommodation, exclusive experiences and local cuisine and wine.
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