September 20, 2022 | By Bronwen Largier

Kicking off on Friday, Darwin Convention Centre will host the city’s first international business event in more than two and half years, welcoming 600 delegates for the 2022 International Foster Care Conference (IFCO2022) from September 23 to 25.

Eighty-four per cent of the event’s delegates are travelling from interstate or overseas to attend the event in the Northern Territory.

“We are delighted to be back in Australia for our international conference and even more so to be in Darwin for our first face-to-face conference in three years,” said Jo Derrick, vice president of the International Foster Care Organisation, which is based in the United Kingdom.

“We have always appreciated the warm welcome we receive in Australia.”

The conference is being delivered by local event organiser Associated Advertising and Promotions, based in Darwin.

Since Australia’s borders reopened in February, interest in Australia’s top end capital city has increased, according to its convention centre.

“We are increasingly seeing more and more associations considering Darwin as a host destination for international business events,” said Darwin Convention Centre’s GM, Peter Savoff.

“As Australia’s northernmost capital city, the Darwin Convention Centre is well positioned in close proximity to South East Asia allowing easy access for business events to attract delegates from across Australia and South East Asia.

“International delegates from the UK, Europe, Middle East and the USA can also easily access Darwin with regularly scheduled flights from other major Australian cities and directly via Singapore and Indonesia, making Darwin as a host destination incredibly appealing.”

Darwin is set to host the World Aquaculture Conference in 2023, with over 1,000 delegates from Australia and around the world expected to attend, and in recent months has won the right to host three more international conferences.

Business events – including conferences, incentives, exhibitions and corporate meetings – in Darwin and throughout the Northern Territory can receive financial support through the NT Business Events Support Fund, managed by the territory’s convention bureau, NT Business Events.