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World experts and innovators flock to Brisbane for key global conferences in 2024

March 2024

Brisbane is set to host a catalogue of key global health and science conferences in 2024, as part of a jam-packed business events calendar for the city.

The high-profile conferences are projected to inject more than $94 million into the city’s economy and attract thousands of delegates to Brisbane from across Australia and the globe.

The city’s Convention Bureau, Brisbane Economic Development Agency (BEDA), has secured events such as the Health Services Research Conference and the Royal Australasian College of Medical Administrators (RACMA) 2024 National Conference.

BEDA has also supported its partner the Brisbane Convention & Exhibition Centre to secure events including the World Down Syndrome Congress, the Health Informatics Conference, the Society for the Neurobiology of Language Annual Meeting, and the Convention of Zonta International to Down Syndrome, Health Informatics and Neurobiology.

The lucrative calendar also includes events across industries such as technology, energy, education, and transport.

Lord Mayor Adrian Schrinner said Brisbane was setting the pace globally as an events destination.

“Brisbane’s reputation as a leading location to host events is continuing to grow across the globe,” Cr Schrinner said.

“Last year we saw the return of international conferences across industries such as science, health, technology, transport, and agriculture, along with strong expressions of interest from new events to secure Brisbane as a conference destination.

“As our city continues to secure high-profile events, Brisbane is refining its hotel, venue and lifestyle offering to offer an unparalleled delegate experience.

“From the fantastic offerings of Howard Smith Wharves, to improved public transport with the launch of Brisbane Metro this year, Brisbane is the premier events destination for business and leisure.

“We are also supporting our conference and incentives markets through new and expanded aviation routes to Brisbane from key markets, including China and North America.”

BEDA CEO Anthony Ryan said Brisbane’s recent raft of new international airline routes was enabling a resurgence in international visitors to the city.

“As one of the largest hospital and healthcare clusters in the southern hemisphere, and home to more than 100 health and biotech facilities, Brisbane’s world-leading health and life sciences industry and expertise is driving interest from global events in this sector,” Mr Ryan said.

“These visitors fill local hotels, dine at our world-class restaurants, and soak up the best of our diverse lifestyle and entertainment precincts, which supports local businesses and jobs.”

As Brisbane’s official Convention Bureau, BEDA works with partners to secure and support conferences, meetings, and incentive events to create successful outcomes for event organisers and local businesses.

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Key business events in 2024:

  • Asia Pacific Cycling Conference, 11 – 12 April 2024

  • Marinas24 Conference, 27 – 28 May 2024

  • Global Sustainable Tourism Summit, 4 – 6 June 2024

  • International Conference on Molten Slags, Fluxes and Salts (MOLTEN), 17 – 19 June 2024

  • International Symposium on Electronic Art, 21 – 29 June 2024

  • Convention of Zonta International, 27 – 30 June 2024

  • World Down Syndrome Congress, 9 – 12 July 2024

  • Health Informatics Conference (HIC), 5 – 7 August 2024

  • CAPA Airline Leader Summit Australia Pacific, 12 – 13 September 2024

  • Options XII for the Control of Influenza, 29 September – 2 October 2024

  • The Society for the Neurobiology of Language Annual Meeting, 21 – 26 October 2024

  • International Symposium on Artificial Intelligence, Robotics and Automation in Space, 19 – 21 November 2024

  • Professional Conference Organisers Association Conference, 1 – 3 December 2024

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