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Business events boost for Melbourne

Riverland, Federation Wharf

Melbourne was the place to be for business events in October, with nine international conferences taking place across the month.

Victoria’s visitor economy received a significant boost from the events, which generated more than $23.8 million in economic contribution.

Among the events was the International Society for Hip Arthroscopy Annual Scientific Meeting 2018, Congress of the International Federation for Structural Concrete, World Congress of Colleges and Polytechnics, Melbourne International Joint Breast Congress and the World Urban Parks Congress.

The business events attracted over 5000 delegates from across the globe and generated over 11,200 room nights.

Melbourne Convention Bureau CEO Karen Bolinger said conference organisers chose Melbourne due to its conference facilities and reputation as the nation’s “knowledge capital”.

“The diversity and world-class standard of Melbourne’s business events infrastructure enables us to tailor our bid proposal to ensure we are meeting the unique requirements of each conference,” she said.

“The competition to attract these valuable international conferences from other states in Australia and countries across the globe is fierce, so it is essential that MCB takes a strategic approach to win these bids.”

The groups utilised various venues across the city, including the Melbourne Convention and Exhibition Centre, Melbourne Cricket Ground, Monash University, Federation Square and Atlantic Group.

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