ADEL $24M BOOST
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.