Business event hosting - benefits to Sydney
Bringing major business event delegates to Sydney for international and national meetings, conferences, congresses, conventions, exhibitions and tradeshows is extremely valuable to our financial and social economies.
Business tourism is vital to Sydney
Sydney business tourism brings millions of dollars into the city each year, creates thousands of jobs, and enhances the multicultural influences we enjoy.
Across Australia, business tourism events contribute AU$17.36 billion to the economy, and create 214,000 jobs, every year.
More business tourists in Sydney helps everyone
It’s in all of our best interests to bring business events, conferences and congresses to Sydney.
- In 2005, Sydney hosted the Amway Incentive, bringing 14,000 delegates to the city and injecting AU$80 million into the economy. Amway China returned to Sydney in 2011, bringing more than 8,000 delegates
- In 2006, the World Federation of Occupational Therapists Congress was held in Sydney, with 2,100 delegates, more than 1,000 of them from overseas. It was worth more than AU$17 million to the city
- In 2007, the joint Congress of the International Federation of Societies for Surgery of the Hand and International Federation of Societies of Hand Therapists came to Sydney, attracting 2,000 delegates and more than AU$7.7 million
- In 2007, Sydney hosted the International AIDS Society Conference on HIV Pathogenesis, Treatment and Prevention, an important event in the medical calendar. The event attracted more than 6,500 participants and was worth AU$14.6 million to Sydney
- In 2010, the 7th Melanoma Research Congress was held in Sydney, attracting 950 delegates from over 30 countries which was the highest attendance in the history of the congress
- In 2011, Sydney hosted the 26th Asia Pacific Academy of Ophthalmology Congress, where many exciting advances in the field of eye health were unveiled to over 4,000 delegates
Sydney is one of the world's favourite cities
Bringing major events like these to Sydney also puts the city in the centre of the global media, and markets us as a desirable destination for both business and leisure tourism.
Among a long list of accolades Sydney has been voted the:
- World’s Friendliest City in the Anholt-GfK Roper City Brands Index in 2009
- World Best Festival and Event City Award by the International Festivals and Events Association (IFEA) in 2010 and 2011
- World's Best City by readers of 'Condé Nast Traveller' Magazine 2011.
The city is not only attracting the attention of short-term travellers, with the Economist Intelligence Unit ranking Sydney number 7 for quality of living. The 2011 Livability Ranking and Overview assessed the world's leading cities with a criteria of 30 indicators across five broad categories: stability; healthcare; culture and environment; education; and infrastructure.
Sydney Harbour Bridge - world favourite icon
Trailfinders, the UK’s biggest travel agency group, facilitated a survey in 2003 that saw the Sydney Harbour Bridge voted the world’s most favourite icon, surpassing even the Egyptian pyramids and the Grand Canyon in popularity.