MELB RECORDS SMASHED AGAIN
MELBOURNE has secured Victoria’s largest ever conference, having won the right to host the 2022 World Ophthalmology Congress (WOC 2022).
The event will bring over 14,000 delegates from across the globe and generate more than $85 million in economic contribution for Victoria.
The news comes two weeks after the Melbourne Convention Bureau (MCB) announced it had secured a previous Victorian record, the 2024 Lions Clubs International Convention which will attract 13,000 delegates
(BEN 21 Aug). WOC 2022 will be held at the Melbourne Convention and Exhibition Centre (MCEC).
The state’s Minister for Tourism and Major Events John Eren said the event was a coup for Melbourne and would help showcase Victoria’s expertise in the field of ophthalmology.
“Conferences of this calibre put Melbourne and Victoria on the world stage and boost our economy,” Eren said.
“Business events are the highest yielding sector of the visitor economy - delivering $9.98 billion and 65,000 jobs annually.”
MCB chief exec Karen Bolinger said the event was secured by a “team Melbourne” approach.
“Unique to our bid process is the collaborative, unified approach between the Bureau, Victorian State Government, City of Melbourne, Tourism Australia, MCEC, local host RANZCO and industry partners to collectively meet the ICO’s global objectives for the congress,” she said.
The conference was secured by the Royal Australian and New Zealand College of Ophthalmologists, with support from MCB.