During May 2023, the centre delivered 77 events including 15 major conferences and exhibitions that brought 7,800 interstate and overseas visitors to the city. The 15 major business events generated more than 43,000 bed nights for local hotels and injected more than $47 million of economic benefit into the state.
Evidence that South Australia’s billion-dollar developments, such as the bio-medical precinct adjacent to the convention centre, are bearing fruit could be seen in the major medical events hosted by the city last month. One thousand one hundred medical professionals attended the Royal Australasian College of Surgeons 91st Annual Scientific Congress, 350 delegates attended AusMedtech 2023 and 600 people attended the Australian and New Zealand Society of Nuclear Medicine’s 53rd Scientific Meeting.
Other events included the 15th Australian Space Forum with over 1,000 delegates, mining meeting AustMine23 with 1,400 delegates; energy event APPEA 2023 Conference & Exhibition with 2,000 delegates, and the Planning Institute of Australia Congress 2023, which had 500 delegates. More than 700 delegates at the Australian Veterinary Association Annual Conference 2023 rounded off the record month.
Adelaide Convention Centre’s general manager, Martin Radcliffe, said the strong May performance “contributes to what is set to be Adelaide Convention Centre’s best year yet”.
“We have been operating at near capacity throughout 2022/23, with forward bookings indicating another outstanding result in 2023/24. As another great signal that the business events industry is back, we are employing the highest number of staff since the onset of the pandemic.”
Business Events Adelaide CEO, Damien Kitto said Adelaide won a lot of business events “because South Australia is seen as a can-do economy with fast developing future-economy business districts from biomed to space to agtech and AI”.
He also credits new high quality accommodation, easily accessible venues and easy delegate movement through the city as success factors.