Melbourne’s mega week kicks off with 50,000 delegates in town

Melbourne and regional Victoria will welcome 50,000 delegates from across the globe as part of The International Convention of Jehovah’s Witnesses 2019.

The massive delegation of Jehovah’s Witnesses from 71 countries will gather in Melbourne at Marvel Stadium, from November 22-24, 2019, filling the iconic sports and entertainment precinct at capacity.

The global event secured by Melbourne Convention Bureau (MCB) with support from the Victorian State Government, City of Melbourne and industry suppliers will see close to 6000 hotel rooms across 199 properties in Melbourne CBD and Metro areas occupied by the delegation, translating into 35,000 room nights for the state’s economy.

“Our collaborative approach and strong relationships with accommodation partners enabled us to demonstrate our commitment to this convention and strengthened Melbourne’s reputation as a city that goes above and beyond in delivering successful business events,” said MCB chief executive officer Julia Swanson.

Not only will the convention take over Melbourne for the three-day event, the pre-convention touring program will drive 12,400 visitors into Victoria’s most popular regional areas including Yarra Valley and Dandenong Ranges, Mornington Peninsula, Geelong and the Bellarine and the Goldfields region, supporting local tourism operators and stimulating local economies.

“Pre and post conference regional touring options within Victoria were also a significant draw card for this event,” Swanson said. “There is an abundance of experiences available all within a short drive from the city centre – from coastal attractions, wine and dine experiences to nature and adventure-based activities.”