Sydney confirms position as Australia’s top business events host

Sydney’s specialist business events bidding company BESydney has released its growing forward global business event pipeline, reinforcing its position as the world’s preferred Australian host city, and top Australian city in the APAC region.

Announcing the results from IMEX in Frankfurt, Germany, BESydney CEO, Lyn Lewis-Smith said: “This week our forward pipeline ticked over to 103 business events choosing Sydney that will generate more than AUD$507m in direct expenditure for the local economy between now and 2030.”

“As well as attracting some 128,000 delegates to boost the local visitor economy, the conference programming at these events will give more Australians access to the world’s best practice and thinking on AI, biodiversity, education, engineering, defence and aerospace, critical minerals and all aspects of human and animal health as well as significant social issues of concern to us all including gender-based violence and aging,” Lewis-Smith added.

The strong forward pipeline comes off a great 2023 business events year for Sydney, which this week was re-confirmed as Australia’s preeminent business event host city with the release of the annual (2023) Meeting Destination Rankings by the International Congress and Convention Association (ICCA) and influential booking technology platform Cvent. Sydney secured 25th place in the worldwide ICCA city rankings, and ranked 6th (ICCA) and 3rd (Cvent) in the Asia Pacific region.

Highlight events from the pipeline include:

  • 2024: Global Health Security; 800 delegates; $2.8m
  • 2024: International Society of Physical and Rehabilitation Medicine World Congress; 2,500 delegates; $10.8m
  • 2024: International Congress on Mathematical Education; 2,800 delegates; $18.9m
  • 2024: International Union Against Sexually Transmitted Infections World Congress; 1,000 delegates; $4m
  • 2024: Confederation of Real Estate Developers’ Association of India; 1,500 delegates; $3.8m
  • 2025: ACM The Web Conference 2025; 1,000 delegates; $3.8m
  • 2025: World Conference of Women’s Shelters; 1,000 delegates; $3.1m
  • 2025: International Astronautical Congress; 4,500 delegates; $21m
  • 2025: World Congress on Endometriosis; 1,000 delegates; $3.9m
  • 2025: 23rd International Vacuum Congress; 1,500 delegates; $9.2m
  • 2026: International Congress of the UICH Les Clefs d’Or; 500delegates; $2m
  • 2026: International Congress of the Transplantation Society; 3,000 delegates; $10.4m
  • 2026: Asia and Oceania Federation of Obstetrics and Gynaecology Congress; 2000 delegates; $7.4m
  • 2026: International Symposium on Pediatric Neuro-Oncology; 1,100 delegates; $2.8m
  • 2027: Asian Pacific Confederation of Chemical Engineers Congress; 600 delegates; $2.2m
  • 2027: International Society for Heart and Lung Transplantation; 2,000 delegates; $8.1m
  • 2027: International Cytokine and Interferon Society Annual Conference; 850 delegates; $3.1m
  • 2027: Union Network International World Congress; 1,300 delegates; $5.7m
  • 2027: IEEE Conference on Sensors; 800 delegates; $3.2m
  • 2027: Meeting of the International Society of Arthroscopy, Knee Surgery & Orthopaedic Sports Medicine; 3,000 delegates; $12.3m
  • 2030: World Congress of Gerontology and Geriatrics 3,500 delegates; $17.7m

Tourism Australia also celebrated the ICCA 2023 rankings with Australia ranking in 13th (up from 24th the previous year) and 3rd in the APAC region.

Lewis-Smith said BESydney’s success would not be possible without the support of all levels of Government, including via the Australian Government’s Business Events Bid Fund.

Photo credit: Richard O’Leary

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