ICMS Australasia’s conference success delivers more than $7 million

The PCO's three international conferences in Sydney for 2022 have delivered a significant boost to the local economy and suppliers.

ICMS Australasia last week held its third international meeting in Sydney for 2022 which, when combined, have delivered more than $7 million to the local economy and suppliers.

The XXXIV International Congress of the International Academy of Pathology (IAP 2022) was held 13-15 October at ICC Sydney, welcoming more than 1,300 delegates in-person and virtually.

The Congress follows the 20th International Conference on Soil Mechanics and Geotechnical Engineering (ICSMGE 2022) in May, which saw 1,338 delegates, and the International Meeting on Lithium Batteries (IMLB 2022) in late June, which had 1,203 delegates.

As well as significant expenditure at the ICC Sydney and other venues of more than $3.7 million, the three conferences provided delegate accommodation at Sydney hotels exceeding 8,000 room nights.

ICMS Australasia owner and managing director, Emma Bowyer, said the strong financial outcomes of hosting international meetings was just one positive benefit to the city of many.

“Each of these conferences provided significant opportunities for the local hosts to share knowledge with their international counterparts, highlight their important research, and potentially increase local investment and forge new business relationships,” Bowyer said.

“International meetings contribute both immediate and long-term benefits and it’s clear that these events have done that.”

Bowyer thanked BESydney which assisted in securing the three conferences for Sydney, and in its ongoing support, assisting ICMSA with increasing international attendance.

She also said the ICC Sydney team were to be congratulated for providing flexibility with bookings. Attendees at all three meetings had been quick to comment on the quality of food and beverages at the venue as well as the quality of the infrastructure.

ICMSA has a strong calendar of international meetings in 2023 and beyond, with a number in Sydney and many more being hosted in Melbourne, Brisbane, Adelaide and the Gold Coast.

“The largest of these is the World Mining Congress in Brisbane (June 2023) with an anticipated 3000 delegates,” Bowyer said.

“Combined, ICMS Australasia’s pipeline of meetings will attract over 20,000 participants.”

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