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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.

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