Melbourne hailed as convention hub

The government is always happy to see major international conventions and exhibitions head to Australia.

Businesspeople – especially those from high-powered industries – tend to spend more overseas travel money than holidaymakers when they visit a country for an event.

The International Congress and Convention Association has highlighted Melbourne as the best city in Australia for staging such important corporate gatherings.

It was ranked 31st in the world – which is a nine-place improvement on last year. It was ninth overall in the Asia-Pacific region.

Minister for tourism and major events Louise Asher was delighted with the recognition.

"Furthermore, to be ranked ahead of Sydney and Brisbane, our biggest competition in Australia, is perhaps the most important indicator that our city's facilities and overall international appeal are outstanding," she remarked.

Melbourne held 62 conventions during the qualifying period – each attracting more than 50 delegates from around the world – who would have been more than happy to spend money in local establishments during their stay.

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