SA scores big convention win

The Marshall Liberal Government has announced that Adelaide will host the World Congress on Medical Physics and Biomedical Engineering (the Congress) in 2024.

“Securing this congress is a huge coup for South Australia and is set to attract 2,500 delegates and inject $17.6 million into our economy,” said Minister for Trade, Tourism and Investment David Ridgway.

“The Marshall Government has a strong plan to grow our tourism sector and a key part of that is attracting more events and conventions to South Australia.

“The equation is simple –more business conventions and visitors coming to South Australia, brings more dollars into our economy and creates more jobs.

“That’s why we’re boosting the Events Bid Fund to $40 million over the next four years which includes $5 million to attract more conventions to South Australia.

“The next opportunity to maximise the benefit of the Congress is to disperse delegates into our regions before and after the conference, which is something we will achieve through our Linger Longer program. 

 “The Congress will bring thousands of delegates into Adelaide and something 18,700 bed nights which is great news for our hotels, restaurants, bars and city’s vibrancy.  

 “South Australia is very much ahead of the curve in the health industries and biomedical research space and hosting the World Congress will help open up more opportunities and trade partnerships in this sector.”

CEO of the Adelaide Convention Bureau Damien Kitto said that this event will open the doors to trade investment, skilled migration and future development of the Health Sciences and Medical industry.

“We saw the International Astronautical Congress put the focus of the Space Industry on Adelaide and bought about its resultant benefits and I believe this Congress has the potential to do the same in the biomedical space.

“It is certainly an event we’re incredibly honoured to host and I congratulate Team Adelaide and the local bid team led by University of South Australia’s Professor Eva Bezak who successfully prepared and presented the bid to the boards and voting members in Prague.  

“We have world class personnel, innovation and facilities in this city however waiting for the world to discover us is not an option.”

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