Darwin flying high
Darwin is on a high after a string of successful events converged on the city in 2017.
So far this season, the city has played host to over 110 events at the Darwin Convention Centre. Twenty-four conferences held at the centre brought 7,000 delegates to the Top End.
Large conferences included the Rotary Zone 8 Institute Conference, which had an attendance of 450 delegates, 460 attended the Australian and New Zealand Society of Nephrology Annual Scientific Meeting and 360 descended on Darwin for the Australian Association of Special Education National Conference.
Other conferences the Darwin waterfront precinct venue hosted included Trucking Australia, Nuffield Australia and the Australian Lawyers Alliance Annual National Conference.
Outside of business events, the centre had seven exhibitions in portfolio that saw 21,000 people walk through its door.
Valerie Smith, executive director of the NT Convention Bureau said the Territory’s industry strengths in mining, energy, health and agribusiness made it an attractive place for those sectors to host their conference, due to availability of expert speakers, interesting technical tours and local support.
Looking ahead, 2018 is set to be another action-packed year for Darwin, with several hundred delegates expected to make the trip to the convention centre for the 50th Annual Convention and Exhibition of the Australian Pipelines and Gas Association in September. The centre is also putting the final touches to a number of other conferences and events that are expected to contribute to the growth of the Top End’s events portfolio. In the coming years, the centre is expected to play host to the 2019 Regional Australia Asia Chambers Forum in Darwin and the 2021 World Federation of Neuroscience Nurses Quadrennial Congress.