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Successful Year for Sydneys MICE Industry

Travel News Asia Latest Travel News Podcasts Monday, 11 August 2008

Sydney will welcome an extra 46,210 international conference delegates at events worth almost A$145 million to the local economy thanks to a solid annual result announced by the Sydney Convention and Visitors Bureau (SCVB).

The result reinforces Sydneys standing as a centre for international events, demonstrated last month when the city welcomed more than 200,000 pilgrims for World Youth Day.

In the year to June 30, 2008, the SCVB won bids for 37 international conferences, incentives and other business events, to be held in Sydney between now and 2014.

The wins include 10 events from the rapidly growing markets of Asia, which contributed A$29.2 million to the SCVBs annual scorecard.

The result is a solid increase on the 30 events secured the previous year, worth just over A$100 million and 24,960 delegates.

SCVB Managing Director Jon Hutchison said the bureau had increased its bid success rate to an impressive 71% during 2007-08.

The SCVBs success rate is consistently high and demonstrates both the strength of the Sydney brand and the strategic approach we take when securing events for our city, Mr Hutchison said.

Sydney undoubtedly remains one of the worlds most desirable cities and this is reflected in surveys around the world, he said. Sydney also remains Australias leading conference city and one of the Asia Pacific regions most important meeting centres, which was again confirmed in the latest rankings by the International Congress and Convention Association.

Among the events secured by the SCVB during 2007-08 are 12 large-scale events for 1000 delegates or more. The largest is the World Conference on Lung Cancer for 8000 delegates in 2013, an event worth $19.2 million.

Other major events include the Asia Pacific Life Insurance Congress (8000 delegates, worth A$15.6m), the 2010 Golden Oldies Rugby Festival (6000, A$11.8 million), the 2007 Bayer Schering Pharmaceutical Annual Conference (2200, A$13.2 million) and the 2010 Annual World Congress of the Human Proteome Organisation (2000, A$10.1 million).

The successful year comes as the SCVB mounts an intensified push into key markets in Europe and Asia while expanding its operations in Sydney. As part of its partnership with Events New South Wales, the SCVB has embarked on a strategy to make Sydney one of the worlds top ten conference cities and greatly increase the economic contribution of the citys conference sector.

Sydney has never before had such strong support for its events industry, created by a new unity among our citys leaders in both government and industry, Mr Hutchison said.

He said the new energy was evident in the SCVBs strong start to 2008-09, with Sydney winning six bids in July for international meetings collectively valued at more than A$13 million.

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