The International Union of Pure and Applied Chemistry (IUPAC) World Polymer Congress “Macro” will be held in Cairns in 2018. The announcement was made following the 44th World Chemistry Congress where Professor Martina Stenzel presented the Australian bid.
The bid was prepared by the Cairns Convention Centre with support and assistance from Tourism and Events Queensland (TEQ) and is expected to attract 1,500 delegates from more than 50 countries throughout the world. It is the largest international multi-symposium conference dedicated to all aspects of polymer science and engineering.
Professor Stenzel, from the University of New South Wales, said, “Cairns was chosen for MACRO18 as it is a cost effective destination with excellent business events infrastructure, good airline access and outstanding recreational activities that we believe will attract maximum delegate numbers.”
“The support from TEQ was instrumental in winning the event for Australia together with the assistance provided by the Cairns Convention Centre in the preparation of our presentation.”
Ross Steele, General Manager, Cairns Convention Centre said, “Our partnerships and collaboration with leading academics such as Professor Stenzel and TEQ are instrumental in attracting world class events, such as the Macro World Polymer Congress, to our region.”
Minister for Tourism, Major Events, Small Business and the Commonwealth Games, Jann Stuckey welcomed the announcement stating it was a huge coup for Tropical North Queensland.
“Macro18 is expected to attract thousands of domestic and international delegates to Cairns, showcasing Queensland as a premier business event destination,” said Minister Stuckey.
“We look forward to welcoming delegates to Cairns in 2018 and hope they take the time to stay on after the congress to discover the world-class tourism experiences on offer in Tropical North Queensland.”
“Business events like Macro18 are a major contributor to Queensland’s tourism industry, playing an important part in achieving the industry target to double the annual overnight visitor expenditure from $15 billion to $30 billion by 2020.”