Melbourne’s health innovation pays off

MELBOURNE’s status as a medical conference destination is soaring with the city’s convention bureau having secured 48 events centred on the sector to take place over the next five years.

Medical and healthcare conferences are expected to draw 38,000 delegates to the city and inject A$225 million to the state of Victoria’s local economy while bringing legacy opportunities form investment, collaboration and medical breakthroughs.

Melbourne Convention Bureau chief executive Julia Swanson said the city’s global reputation as a powerhouse in medical research and innovation combined with the Victoria state government’s investment in Melbourne’s medical precincts has contributed to the city’s success as a destination of these conferences.

– The Spine Intervention Society’s Spine Week in May is one of the 48 conferences and is expected to attract 2,250 delegates from across the globe and deliver around A14.7 million to the local economy.
– The International Congress of Genetics in July is expected to bring 3,000 delegates and deliver more than A$26.6 million to the local economy.
– More than 19,000 hotel room nights are expected from these two events alone.

“Excellent infrastructure and joint collaborations between universities, research institutes and hospitals have created a city where the world’s brightest minds gather to inspire innovate and create real change in world-leading research and development,” Swanson said.

“When you host your conference in Melbourne you are tapping into the strengths of our city’s world-class knowledge and innovation hub.”

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