Brisbane’s business events pipeline boosted by return of international conferences


Brisbane’s pipeline of business events in 2023 is set to give the local economy a $90 million boost in due in no small part to the return of international conferences.

Brisbane is set to host several high-profile health and science events, including the world’s largest HIV science conference, the International AIDS Society Conference on HIV Science which will attract 6,000 delegates.

Other high profile business events in 2023 include the Brisbane Truck Show (30,000 delegates); FIP World Congress of Pharmacy & Pharmaceutical Services (2,500 delegates); World Mining Congress (2,000 delegates); Asia Oceania Otorhinolaryngological Head and Neck Surgery Congress (1,500 delegates); and Annual Scientific Meeting for the Society of Reproductive Investigation (1,000 delegates).

Anthony Ryan, CEO of Brisbane Economic Development Agency, said the return of international travel was helping the sector rebound.

“We are excited to welcome more international visitors back to Brisbane this year with a high portion of conferences attracting delegates from overseas,” he said.

“Brisbane is a world leader in science, health, technology, agriculture and sustainability which makes our city an attractive destination for the brightest minds in the world to come together.

“With an international spotlight on Brisbane, we will continue working closely with our industry partners, suppliers and all levels of government to leverage our city’s unstoppable momentum.”

Lord Mayor Adrian Schrinner said Brisbane’s status as the future host of the 2032 Olympic and Paralympic Games is a big part of the reason why so many event organisers are choosing the city.

“Brisbane is already regarded as Australia’s lifestyle capital and now our reputation as a great place to stage big events is evolving rapidly,” Schrinner said.

“Our city already has a great range of precincts to visit like South Bank and Howard Smith Wharves and we’re adding to this through a $14 billion pipeline of city-shaping projects.”