Australia has moved up from 13th to 12th position in the latest ICCA Statistics Report for city and country rankings with a total of 272 international association meetings held in 2019.
The report by the International Congress and Convention Association (ICCA) recorded a total of 13,254 rotating international association meetings taking place in 2019 – an increase of 2.5 per cent compared against the same time in 2018.
“This is a fantastic result for Australia against strong regional competition and is reflective of the progressive work that convention bureaux are undertaking across the country in partnership with their State and Territory Governments and the industry operators they represent,” said Association of Australian Convention Bureaux (AACB) CEO Andrew Hiebl.
“It also recognises the strong support offered nationally by the Australian Government through initiatives such as Tourism Australia’s Business Events Bid Fund Program.
“Special recognition must be given to BESydney, with Sydney achieving a top 20 position in the global cities rankings with 93 international association meetings held in 2019. This is an amazing result for Australia and has been a long-time aspiration.”
While Covid-19 restrictions on international travel and gatherings pose significant challenges in 2020 and beyond, the AACB is optimistic about the future.
Noting Australia’s successful management and suppression strategy in the fight against COVID-19, the AACB said it puts the country in a strong position to provide a safe environment to host international association meetings in the future.