UITP Global Public Transport Summit heading to Melbourne in 2021
The Union International des Transports (UITP) Publics Global Public Transport Summit 2021 is the first event to be supported by the Bid Fund Program which was launched earlier this year.
The four-day event will see 2000 delegates from all over the world meet at the newly expanded Melbourne Convention and Exhibition Centre in June 2021.
“This is a fantastic coup for Australia and I’d like to acknowledge the Melbourne Convention Bureau for their efforts in securing this event,” said Minister for Trade, Tourism and Investment Steven Ciobo.
The biannual UITP Global Public Transport Summit has operated for more than 130 years, with Melbourne’s bid win marking the first time the event will be held in the Southern Hemisphere in 28 years.
Melbourne beat Moscow and Hamburg to secure the Summit, with Victorian Minister for Tourism and Major Events John Eren saying that Melbourne’s infrastructure boom made it a perfect choice.
“With the biggest infrastructure pipeline in the country this Summit belongs in Victoria,” Eren said. “Melbourne has an enviable reputation for hosting world class business events and our MCEC expansion will continue to bring more of them to our state.”
Melbourne is currently undergoing a $30 billion investment in transforming the city’s transport network, and is also home to the world’s largest tram network, making it an ideal location to host the summit, according to Minister for Public Transport Jacinta Allan.
“With our massive program of major transport projects like the Metro Tunnel and level crossing removals, it makes sense that the world’s biggest public transport conference wants to come to Victoria,” she said.