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Mice Net : June 2009
sydney & surrounds one! still the story By Brad Foster Despite tough economic times, sydney remains Australia’s number one city for national and international business events. MGSM EXECUTIVE HOTEL & CONFERENCE CENTRE ...WHERE FINDING THE RIGHT VENUE IS ACADEMIC Ideally located on the picturesque grounds of the Macquarie University Campus at North Ryde. MGSM’s modern purpose-built centre provides its guests with first class facilities including: 4 star executive style accommodation Tiered amphitheatres and flat-floor rooms Meeting rooms with natural light Dedicated breakout rooms State-of-the-art audio-visual equipment Lachlan’s à la carte restaurant Private function rooms MEA Meetings & Events Industry Awards Meeting Venue 150-500 delegates National Winner – 2001 NSW Winner – 2001 to 2005 MGSM Executive Hotel & Conference Centre 99 Talavera Road North Ryde NSW 2113 Telephone: 1800 800 803 Fax: (02) 9850 8595 E-mail: email@example.com Website: www.hotel.mgsm.com.au 84 mice.net t’s been a tough year for many in the business events industry, but Sydney, it seems, remains on top of the national and international ladder when it comes to hosting business events. Business remains particularly strong in the association segment which many say is far more resilient to any economic uncertainty that may be occurring globally. This claim appeared justified recently when Sydney played host to the 25th Congress of the World Association of Socieities of Pathology and Laboratory Medicine (WASPaLM). The three-day event, held in conjunction with the Royal College of Pathologists of Australasia (RCPA) Pathology Update, attracted more than 1300 delegates from Australia, the US, UK and Europe, bringing in an estimated $7.1 million into the local economy. The bid to host the congress was led by Dr David Davies of the Royal College of Pathologists of Australasia and won in conjunction with Business Events Sydney (BESydney). And next year appears as if things will only get better. Indeed, 2010 will be the biggest year ever for business events held in Sydney with 33 events already confirmed attracting 59,200 delegates - 299,550 delegate days - valued at an estimated $224 million. In other recent news, BESydney announced it had won the right to host the 40th Annual Meeting of the International Society for Pediatric Neurosurgery (ISPN) in 2012. This five-day conference is expected to attract more than 500 local and international delegates, bringing an estimated $2.3 million to Sydney and New South Wales. And the other big announcement in recent weeks has been confirmation that Sydney will host the mega Amway conference in 2011, attracting between 12,000 and 15,000 delegates. I ABOVE: New Year’s fireworks 2009. Photo courtesy of Hamilton Lund. Tourism NSW.