Adelaide Convention Centre on track for best annual result ever

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Adelaide Convention Centre has delivered its biggest month since the onset of the pandemic and is on track to achieve its most successful year on record in the lead up to the end of the financial year.

Across May, the Centre delivered 77 events, including 15 major conferences and exhibitions, bringing more than 7,800 interstate and international visitors to Adelaide.

The month kicked off with more than 1,100 medical professionals descending on Adelaide Convention Centre for the Royal Australasian College of Surgeons 91st Annual Scientific Congress.

Later in May, the Centre played host to AusMedtech 2023 (350 delegates), along with the Australian and New Zealand Society of Nuclear Medicine 53rd Scientific Meeting (600 delegates).

Other significant events held at Adelaide Convention Centre last month included 15th Australian Space Forum (1000+ delegates); AustMine23 (1,400 delegates); APPEA 2023 Conference & Exhibition (2,000 delegates); Planning Institute of Australia Congress 2023, (500 delegates); and the Australian Veterinary Association Annual Conference 2023 (700 delegates).

This month will see the venue host Hort Connections (3,000 delegates); Health Technology Assessment International (HTAi) 2023 Annual Meeting (800 delegates); Cancer Nurses Society of Australia (CNSA) Annual Congress (600 delegates).

Martin Radcliffe, general manager at Adelaide Convention Centre, said next year is also looking strong.

“We have been operating at near capacity throughout 2022/23, with forward bookings indicating another outstanding result in 2023/24,” he said.

“As another great signal that the business events industry is back, we are employing the highest number of staff since the onset of the pandemic.”

Damien Kitto, CEO of Business Events Adelaide, said the state’s reputation in high tech industries is supporting the bid wins.

“Adelaide can win the right to host such business events because South Australia is seen as a can-do economy with fast developing future-economy business districts from biomed to Space to Agtech and AI,” he said.

Tourism Minister Zoe Bettison said the roster of events held during May demonstrates that the business events industry “is well and truly back”.

“We’ve long known the appeal of Adelaide as a vibrant and innovative events destination, but that reputation is increasingly being recognised by leading business event organisers from across Australia and overseas, as reflected in the all-time high number of business events held in Adelaide last month,” she said.

“It’s fantastic to also see these events align so closely with our state’s priority sectors, which provides exciting opportunities for additional economic, professional and social legacies for industry and the community at large, which extends well beyond these events.”