More than a quarter of the major conferences hosted in Australia last financial year were in the healthcare or medical sectors, according to new aggregated data from conference industry research service Conference Monitor.
The healthcare and medical sector generated 244 major conferences during the year, with the next most popular sectors being education and business, which generated 120 and 102 conferences respectively.
Analysis of the 930 major business-to-business conferences in the Conference Monitor database for the last financial year also revealed that most conferences were held in the December quarter, with October and November the most popular months, with 164 and 146 conferences hosted in those months respectively.
Interestingly, more conferences were hosted in the December quarter than the March and June quarters combined, making the second half of the calendar year clearly the preferred time to host business and association events in Australia.
East coast states were the most popular destinations for conferences during the year with almost 70 per cent held in NSW, Queensland or Victoria.
The current financial year is trending in a similar fashion to the previous one with most events planned for the September and December quarters. However conferences from the science and environment sector are more prominent than the previous year. Also Queensland looks set to host more events this year with almost 25 per cent of events booked so far to be held in the sunshine state.