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LEAD­ING AUS­TRALASIAN bus in­dus­try com­pa­nies are ral­ly­ing be­hind Mel­bourne’s bid to host the 2021 UITP Global Pub­lic Trans­port Sum­mit – a mas­sive event with only three cities left to bat­tle it out for top hon­ours. The other two fi­nal po­ten­tial host cities are Ham­burg, Ger­many and Moscow, Rus­sia.

If the bid is suc­cess­ful, it is es­ti­mated the Sum­mit will gen­er­ate $9.4 mil­lion in eco­nomic con­tri­bu­tion to the State of Vic­to­ria.

The bid is be­ing led by Pub­lic Trans­port Vic­to­ria (PTV), to­gether with the Mel­bourne Con­ven­tion Bureau (MCB) and Trans­port for Vic­to­ria (TfV), and most re­cently Transdev helped dur­ing a site visit by UITP afi­ciona­dos.

The Sum­mit is the largest pub­lic trans­port event in the world and is a not-to-be-missed ren­dezvous for ur­ban trans­port pro­fes­sion­als. From its in­cep­tion in 1886, it has served as a unique global plat­form for the in­ter­na­tional pub­lic trans­port com­mu­nity, trans­port min­is­ters, may­ors, in­dus­try CEOs and ur­ban vi­sion­ar­ies to gain in­sight into the lat­est so­lu­tions, in­no­va­tions and prod­ucts in pub­lic trans­port and ur­ban mo­bil­ity.

Last month, Mel­bourne played host to seven UITP rep­re­sen­ta­tives as part of the of­fi­cial bid process. With the site visit im­per­a­tive to Mel­bourne’s suc­cess, the rep­re­sen­ta­tives were col­lected from their ho­tel in a mini Transdev bus boast­ing a cus­tomised des­ti­na­tion board wel­com­ing the del­e­gates, be­fore trav­el­ling to Gov­ern­ment House for din­ner.

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