ICC Sydney helps put Sydney back in the associations game
Of the conferences tracked by Conference Monitor in 2017, 389 were held in NSW, up by around 38 per cent from the previous year. This equated to about 175,000 delegates attending conferences in NSW in 2016, or around a third of the total number of delegates (531,000) who attended all conferences tracked by the CM database.
Conference Monitor director Matt Baxter said the re-opening of the International Convention Centre Sydney, as well as the completion of refurbishment works on some key venues in the city, had resulted in a significant upswing in 2017 for NSW.
“I expect Sydney to continue to be a popular choice for professional association conferences in 2018 as event managers are attracted to the new venue facilities in the city,” he said.
For the 2017 calendar year, 325 professional association conferences were held in Victoria and 302 in Queensland, which was the most popular state for professional association conferences overall in 2016. However, Queensland was the most popular destination for healthcare and medical conferences in 2017.
About a third of all health and medical conferences tracked by Conference Monitor were held in Queensland last year. NSW was the most popular state for medical conferences in 2016.
The healthcare and medical sector generates the most professional association conferences in Australia, with 404 taking place in 2017, according to CM data. The advertising/marketing sectors and the education sector are the second and third biggest generators of conferences in Australia.