Melbourne Convention and Exhibition Centre (MCEC) will welcome more than 1,000 aviation delegates this November when it hosts the 151st International Air Transport Association (IATA) Slot Conference.
Melbourne Convention Bureau worked together with Melbourne Airport to bring the convention to Melbourne, which is expected to bring in an estimated $4.7 million boost to Melbourne and Victoria’s economy.
Taking place 15-18 November, the bi-annual conference will see airlines and airports negotiate global flight schedules and air traffic control management.
“Both the events and aviation sectors have faced significant challenges over the past two years, but with the world opening up again, both are returning at an exciting pace,” MCEC chief executive Peter King said.
“MCEC is thrilled to have the opportunity to bring both these sectors together and welcome international visitors to our venue and show them what we, and the wider City of Melbourne have to offer.”
Minister for Tourism, Sport and Major Events Martin Pakula said that attracting such global business events to the city delivers a significant boost to the hospitality and tourism sectors, while supporting local jobs.
“Being the host city for this major aviation conference will help keep Melbourne front of mind for airlines to boost their flight services to Victoria,” Minister Pakula said.