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THE lat­est visi­tor stats from the Aus­tralian Bureau of Sta­tis­tics (ABS) show the num­ber of int’l visi­tors en­ter­ing Aus­tralia for con­fer­ences and con­ven­tions was 27,900 in Sep 2017.

This was an in­crease of 22%, com­pared to Sep 2016, when the fig­ure was 22,700.

The num­ber was slightly down from Aug, when 28,300 del­e­gates en­tered Aus­tralia, but Sep was still the sec­ond best month for int’l ar­rivals this year.

The re­sult marked the first time three con­sec­u­tive months have each had over 25,000 in­ter­na­tional del­e­gates ar­rive into Aus­tralia for a con­ven­tion or con­fer­ence.

So far this year there have been 190,800 del­e­gates touched down in Aus­tralia for the pur­pose of con­ven­tions and con­fer­ences, which is a 26.4% in­crease from the same pe­riod last year.

Last year in the nine months to Sep 2016, 150,900 en­tered Aus­tralia for busi­ness events.

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