Brisbane is exceeding expectations as a conference destination, with two upcoming international business events reporting a surge in delegate numbers.

Lord Mayor Graham Quirk said the two events – the RCOG World Congress 2015 and  40th IEEE International Conference on Acoustics, Speech and Signal Processing (ICASSP) – would attract thousands of business visitors to Brisbane this month.

The RCOG World Congress 2015, a joint event co-hosted by the Royal College of Obstetricians and Gynaecologists (RCOG) and the Royal Australian and New Zealand College of Obstetricians and Gynaecologists (RANZCOG), begins this Sunday (April 12), while ICASSP 2015 starts on April 19.

“Both ICASSP and the RCOG / RANZCOG event are expected to attract a combined number of more than 3900 delegates and conference exhibitors to Brisbane,” Cr Quirk said.

“Both conferences will bring in many international business visitors with the RCOG / RANZCOG Event attracting participants from 47 countries and a massive 90 per cent of ICASSP’s delegates arriving from overseas.

“These conferences will generate a combined economic impact of nearly $12 million for Brisbane, which is great news for our hotels, restaurants, venues and retailers.”

Cr Quirk said the Brisbane Convention Bureau had worked closely with the conference organisers to grow the number of attending delegates.

“The bureau offered a suite of in-kind destination marketing support, including assistance promoting Brisbane, pre-and-post event touring information, welcome signage at Brisbane Airport, onsite tourist information at both events and Airtrain travel discounts to assist delegate travel into the city.

“The Joint RCOG / RANZCOG and ICASSP events also give us another opportunity to showcase Brisbane’s excellent conference facilities with the Brisbane Convention & Exhibition Centre hosting both events.”

Cr Quirk said ICASSP delegates would also receive a warm welcome through the Brisbane Welcomes the World program.

“Developed for the G20 Leaders Summit, Brisbane Welcomes the World will see around 20 ICASSP volunteers trained to provide delegates with a personal connection to Brisbane, its culture, stories and attractions,” he said.

“Brisbane is one of the world’s most welcoming cities and it’s important to capitalise on our city’s friendly nature.”


ICASSP volunteers get ready to welcome delegates to Brisbane