Six-day population conference heading to Brisbane

Brisbane will host the International Population Conference in 2025, with more than 2,000 of the world’s leading experts in the field set to meet at the Brisbane Convention & Exhibition Centre (BCEC).

Organised every four years by the International Union for the Scientific Study of Population, the six-day conference will mark the first time in the event’s 93-year history that it has been held in Australia.

The team at the Brisbane Convention & Exhibition Centre partnered with the Australian Population Association, host organisation for the conference, together with Tourism and Events Queensland, Tourism Australia and the Brisbane Economic Development Agency to secure the first-time event for Brisbane and Australia.

“This conference will be a showcase event for Australia’s and Queensland’s internationally acknowledged population related research,” BCEC general manager Bob O’Keeffe said.

“A return to business events is vital for the Queensland economy and as we navigate a more positive post pandemic landscape this major win for Brisbane represents an appetite for face to face meetings to return in strength.”

Queensland Tourism Minister Stirling Hinchliffe said the state was a beneficiary of interstate and international tourism and migration.

“Migration has helped deliver the economic opportunity and growth that continues to transform 21st century Queensland,” Hinchliffe said.

“It’s what makes Queensland’s capital the ideal destination for the 2025 International Population Conference.”

He also said the government understood how important major conferences are to the Queensland tourism and business events industry.

“That’s why we’ve partnered with Federal and Local Governments to secure this significant international conference event,” he said.

“It’s predicted the six-day, 2025 International Population Conference will contribute more than $7 million to Brisbane’s visitor economy, which is terrific news for the city’s accommodation and tourism operators.”

Tourism Australia supported the conference through the Bid Fund Program.

“Now more so than ever, attracting large-scale international events is helping to generate global attention for Australia as a world-class business events destination,” said Tourism Australia managing director Phillipa Harrison.

“As Australia reopens its international borders to the world this month, securing events like this will help to boost the recovery of our tourism industry and economy more broadly.”