Melbourne gears up for massive Lions convention

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Melbourne is preparing to welcome over 10,500 Lions members and participants from more than 170 countries for the Lions International Convention 2024 (LIC2024).

Taking place from June 21-25 at the Melbourne Convention and Exhibition Centre, LIC2024 will be one of the biggest business events for the year.

This is the first time Melbourne has hosted the event and only the third time the event has been held in an Australian city in 33 years.

“Preparations for this event have been underway for several years, and we are confident that our top-tier facilities, exceptional event infrastructure, and city-wide cooperation will guarantee an unforgettable experience for all attendees,” said Julia Swanson, Melbourne Convention Bureau’s CEO.

“We’re delighted to host this year’s convention in Melbourne. It presents an excellent opportunity for us to highlight our city’s prowess as a premier global destination for hosting large-scale conventions.”

The five-day conference includes keynote speeches, workshops, and networking opportunities. In addition to LIC2024 itself, more than 80 ancillary events will take place in venues across Melbourne including the Melbourne Zoo, Eureka89 and Crown Towers to name a few.

Kicking-off with The Parade of Nations on June 22, thousands of Lions members from every corner of the globe will gather along the Kings Domain Gardens in a street parade to honour a year of service.

While in Melbourne, Lions and Leos can also join forces in a meaningful way to serve others at special offsite service projects such as Foodbank Victoria, FareShare Meal Prep and Vision Australia Braille Book Assembly.

Foodbank Victoria anticipate Lions volunteers will pack up to 10,000 kilos of food, the equivalent of 20,000 meals for distribution across its network of over 500 charity partners.

“We’re absolutely thrilled to host this year’s Lions International Convention in Melbourne, which will provide an outstanding combination of inspiration and entertainment for our members and participants, and for those interested in learning more about us,” said Tony Benbow, Chairman of the Host Committee.

“It’s also an opportunity for Victorian Lions members to experience the international scope of Lions and to showcase the positive change they are bringing to communities on a global stage.”