MCB wins major architectural symposium

Melbourne will welcome more than 500 delegates to a world-leading architectural conference in 2023.

Melbourne Convention Bureau (MCB) has secured a world-leading architectural conference for Melbourne, further cementing the city’s reputation as Australia’s Events Capital.

The Symposium of the International Association for Shell and Spatial Structures (SIASS) will bring together the world’s best engineers, architects and builders to Melbourne Convention and Exhibition Centre (MCEC) in 2023, after some 25 years since it was last held in Australia.

Backed by the Victorian State Government and Australian universities Royal Melbourne Institute of Technology (RMIT) and Swinburne, the event is expected to attract more than 500 delegates and deliver more than $2 million to the local economy.

“Melbourne has a proud history in the creative integration of structural engineering and architecture, and part of the program will involve technical tours showcasing architectural points of interest the city is known for,” MCB chief executive Julia Swanson said.

So far this year, MCB has secured 41 business events for Melbourne which are expected to attract almost 40,000 delegates and inject $147.7 million direct revenue to the Victorian business events supply chain and provide long term certainty for Victoria’s visitor economy the coming years.

Alongside the SIASS, in 2023 Melbourne will host 27 international and national business events including the 2023 Rotary International Convention which will attract 20,000 delegates and deliver more than $88 million to the Victorian economy making it the most valuable convention ever secured for Victoria.

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