Melbourne has secured Land Forces International Land Defence Exposition, the largest land defence conference in the Asia-Pacific, which will held at the Melbourne Convention and Exhibition Centre from 2024.
Delivered by the AMDA Foundation in collaboration with the Australian Army, the biannual expo is expected to generate an estimated $65 million for the Victorian economy and attract 800 companies, 9,000 attendees and more than 150 delegations from 30 countries across the world.
“The Melbourne Convention and Exhibition Centre offers more space to expand our world-class Land Forces event right in the heart of one of the world’s most beautiful cities, renowned as a highly attractive business destination,” said AMDA Foundation CEO Justin Giddings.
Victoria is the home of armoured vehicle production in Australia, with Thales’ Bushmaster and Hawkei vehicles made in the state and Hanwha’s Self-Propelled Howitzer to start production soon.
Securing Land Forces means Victoria will now host two major defence expositions in the region – the other being the Australian International Airshow and Aerospace and Defence Exposition in Avalon.
“We’ll ensure Land Forcesin Melbourne is a great success – cementing our reputation as Australia’s premier business events destination,” said Minister for Tourism and Major Events Steve Dimopoulos.