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ADE­LAIDE has re­ceived a $24 mil­lion wind­fall from the re­cent In­ter­na­tional Astro­nau­ti­cal Congress (IAC), the largest ever event to be staged in the city and South Aus­tralia.

More than 4,400 del­e­gates from 71 na­tions at­tended the con­fer­ence at the Ade­laide Con­ven­tion Cen­tre (ACC) along with 700 school chil­dren and sev­eral thou­sand mem­bers of the pub­lic who at­tended the pub­lic ex­hi­bi­tion day.

More than $1.2m was spent on re­gional and city sight­see­ing ex­cur­sions in­clud­ing sold out tours of the Ade­laide Hills, Barossa, Vic­tor Har­bor, Kan­ga­roo Is­land and the Mur­ray River.

Ade­laide Con­ven­tion Bureau ceo Damien Kitto said the big eco­nomic im­pact was im­me­di­ately felt by the city and tourism op­er­a­tors.

The IAC was the first ma­jor con­fer­ence to be staged at the ex­panded ACC, which opened its new East Build­ing in Aug.

Lo­cal ho­tels also ben­e­fit­ted, with del­e­gates stay­ing for a to­tal of 32,000 bed nights.

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