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Securing global conferences is good for Victoria’s health

31 /05/ 2018 Comments are Closed

Melbourne will host five premier international conferences in the next couple of years, showcasing Victoria’s strength in innovation, technology and liveability.

Victoria Tourism Industry Council (VTIC) Chief Executive Felicia Mariani has welcomed the Victoria Government’s announcement confirming that Melbourne will host international life science conferences in 2019 and 2020.

“Victoria is continuing to build its reputation as a knowledge hub and innovator in entrepreneurialism across many industries such as Pharmaceuticals and Medical Technology,” Ms Mariani said.

The AusMedtech Conference in 2019, AusBiotech National Conferences in 2019 and 2020, and Biotech Invest Conferences in 2019 and 2020 are expected to attract thousands of delegates from across Australia and the world. These conferences will provide a significant economic boost to the visitor economy.

Victoria hosts hundreds of business events every year and VTIC strongly advocates for Melbourne and Victoria to be considered first-choice destinations for business events in Australia.  Business events contribute almost $10 billion to Victoria’s economy and create 65,000 jobs annually.

“A strong pipeline of global conferences is an important economic driver for Melbourne and Victoria’s visitor economy,” Ms Mariani said.

Providing both the Melbourne Convention Bureau and Business Events Victoria with long-term funding to help secure more business events to Melbourne and Victoria is one of VTIC’s key election platforms leading into November’s State Election.

“Gatherings of an international scale bring a diverse spectrum of high-yield visitors from across the world and promotes Victoria worldwide. It is fundamentally important that Melbourne’s global appeal and reputation as Australia’s business events capital is future-proofed for even greater success,“ Ms Mariani said.

Click here to read more details about VTIC’s Tourism is Victoria’s Business campaign and five-point plan to create jobs and support businesses in the visitor economy.


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