Sydney remains top city for domestic conferences with Brisbane closing in

Sydney has maintained its position as the nation’s number one spot for domestic conferences despite a 7 per cent decrease on the previous year.

Data from Conference Monitor showed that Sydney hosted 401 major domestic association conferences last financial year.

While Melbourne’s popularity as an associations conference destination remained mostly unchanged, with 328 major events held there, it was Brisbane that saw a massive increase in events over the 12 months, jumping 22 per cent to 393.

Adelaide hosted 121 conferences, Perth 113, Canberra 66, while Tasmania and the NT came in at 39 and 35 respectively.

“The last three years saw a rush to host national conferences in Sydney mainly due to the opening of the International Convention Centre and completion of refurbishments on some key venues,” said Conference Monitor director Matt Baxter.

“We are now seeing more high-quality venues in other capitals and regional cities giving event organisers more options to consider when selecting conference venues.”

He said Sydney venues would generally feature in most associations’ annual conference rotations once every three years, but that had now changed and domestic associations were likely to choose the city for their annual summits only once every five years.