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Adelaide comes of age in ‘biggest year’

Australian city hosted two of its largest events in record breaking year

Pictured: Adelaide

Adelaide is celebrating a ‘big year’ following the opening of its newly expanded convention centre.

In September, the Australian city hosted its biggest association conference to date when the Adelaide Convention Centre hosted 4,470 delegates at the 68th International Astronautical Congress.

More than 71 countries were represented at the event, one of the biggest in the IAC’s history and a significant achievement given the distance for northern hemisphere delegates.

Elsewhere the city hosted it biggest incentive meeting in June, when almost 3,000 delegates from manufacturer Perfect China visited Adelaide in waves of 500 for three days at a time.  

Furthermore the Adelaide Convention Bureau has just announced it has just had its biggest year ever with respect to the value of business won, posting a record $247m in the last financial year. 

Key events won over the period include:

•        2018 Australian Diabetes Society Annual Scientific Meeting, 2,000 delegates, 2018

•        Royal Australian College of Ophthalmologists 50th Scientific Congress, 1,700 delegates, 2018

•        Human Proteome Organisation World Congress, 1,200 delegates, 2019

•        Cardiac Society of Aust & NZ Endovascular Therapies Annual Scientific meeting (2019)

•        38th International Symposium on Combustion  (2020)

•        Australasia Conference of Radiological Technologists (AACRT) & Annual Scientific Meeting of Medical Imaging and Radiation Therapy (ASMMIRT) 2019

•        Land Forces (2018)

Damien Kitto, CEO Adelaide Convention Bureau, said:  “Adelaide truly came of age this year.  It’s an exciting time to be in a relatively undiscovered destination that seems to be on a lot of ‘must see’ lists.”



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