September 8, 2022 | By Bronwen Largier

As large-scale international business events return to Sydney, the city’s strategic bidding organisation BESydney is celebrating yet more business wins, with three more international association meetings locked in as well as two incentives.

The two shorter-lead incentive wins are for events to be delivered this month, with 650 delegates from two financial services events out of Asia set to descend on Sydney over eight days, delivering an expected $2.9 million into the economy.

CogSci 2023

Further ahead, Sydney will host the Cognitive Science Society conference, CogSci 2023, next July, with 800 delegates expected, with the biggest cohort anticipated to come out of the United States, where the majority of the association’s membership is based.

The event facilitates interdisciplinary connections in research of the human mind, including between those specialising in artificial intelligence, linguistics, anthropology, psychology, neuroscience, philosophy and education.

BESydney estimates the event will contribute $2.7 million to the local economy.

The 67th Commonwealth Parliamentary Conference

In November 2024, Sydney will host the world’s largest parliamentary gathering at the 67th Commonwealth Parliamentary Conference, which will bring together an anticipated 700 delegates from 53 Commonwealth countries over six days. The event is worth an expected $3.2 million to the state’s economy.

The Web Conference

And in 2025, the Association for Computing Machinery (ACM) will bring The Web Conference to Sydney, with 1,000 delegates expected to attend. The event is a critical global forum for discussion and debate on the evolution of the world wide web and a platform from which is it is shaped by scholars, researchers, policymakers, practitioners, and end-users through computer science, computational social science, economics, public policy and web-based applications.

The event will contribute an estimated $3.7 million in direct expenditure to Sydney.

“These bid wins demonstrate that we are continuing where we left off pre-pandemic, with success attracting the world’s top events that will help accelerate the development and growth of homegrown industries of the future,” said BESydney CEO Lyn Lewis-Smith.

“And, the return of the Asian incentive market, with these two events – from Malaysia and the Philippines – joining India as a result of our pre-pandemic shift to diversify and broadening our source market base throughout the Asian region.”

CogSci 2023 and The Web Conference were both won with support from the Business Events Bid Fund managed by Business Events Australia, Tourism Australia’s specialist business events unit.