The CCB has been actively supporting the work of the Centenary over the past few years as the facilitator for the Centenary conference program.
“Currently we have 60 confirmed conferences with many more pending, which represents over 40,000 delegates being able to experience the Centenary celebrations,” said Robyn Hendry, Chief Executive Officer of Canberra Convention Bureau.
“Bringing people to Canberra in 2013 as conference delegates is a great way to showcase the city particularly as we know from previous research that 70% are likely to return as leisure tourist within five years.
“We are pleased that the 2013 Centenary of Canberra program features a range of activities that will appeal to all Australians, encouraging everyone to participate in this special occasion. The program has helped to attract 25% more conferences than normal to the city as organisers take advantage of the celebrations.”
CCB is also facilitating the ‘Youth and Artist in Conferences’ – a Centenary of Canberra project. This program is designed to enrich conferences through the involvement of local young students and artists. Part of the program will include a series of artistic works inspired by conference themes with the aim of leaving a lasting legacy for the city.
“We already have over 20 conferences lining up to be involved in this initiative and the conference organisers are excited to have an opportunity to play an active role in the Centenary of our national capital,” said Ms Hendry.