Brisbane has won the right to host 3,000 of the world’s leading tropical medicine experts at the International Conference for Tropical Medicine and Malaria to be held at the Brisbane Convention & Exhibition Centre (BCEC) in 2016.
Brisbane’s success against a strong bid by Bangkok will deliver an estimated $9 million in economic benefit to the Queensland economy.
Minister for Tourism, Major Events, Small Business and the Commonwealth Games Jann Stuckey welcomed the result, saying it was the first time the event would be held in Australia.
“We have a first-class facility in the BCEC and events like this show our commitment to targeting high-calibre international conferences that deliver a significant economic boost for the State,” Ms Stuckey said.
“To have the world’s leading tropical medicine specialists travelling to Brisbane is a coup for the city and a great result for Queensland.
“Securing business events like this is an important part of our strategy to double overnight visitor expenditure to $30 billion by 2020.”
Brisbane’s key convention partners, led by BCEC, joined with the Australian Society of Parasitology and the Australasian Society for Infectious Diseases to bid for the event.
Events Queensland, BCEC and Brisbane Marketing all played key roles in securing the five day conference.
The announcement of the win was made during the closing ceremony of the 2012 Conference in Rio de Janeiro after a convincing presentation from the Australian Bid Committee led by Associate Professor Malcolm Jones from the University of Queensland and the Queensland Institute of Medical Research (QIMR).
Professor Jones, Past President and Fellow of the Australian Society for Parasitology, said Brisbane’s selection as host of the conference confirmed the city’s reputation as the home of tropical medicine research in Australia.
“Brisbane has long been a major focus for tropical medicine and tropical diseases research in our region. The QIMR in particular has led international research into tropical and infectious diseases that affect everyday life such as malaria and dengue fever,” Professor Jones said.
“The congress will allow Australian and Queensland researchers and clinicians to showcase their world-leading research and to develop new strategic international partnerships into the control of neglected tropical diseases and diseases of poverty.”
Lord Mayor of Brisbane Graham Quirk said because Brisbane was the home for tropical medicine research it was only fitting Australia’s new world city should host a major international event like the International Conference for Tropical Medicine and Malaria.
“Brisbane has such a rich history in this area with many past and present successes,” Cr Quirk said.
“The QIMR is the largest medical research institute in the southern hemisphere and a centre of excellence, and we are leading the world in malaria research. We already know Brisbane is a leading destination for high profile business events and this announcement strengthens that reputation both nationally and internationally.”
Bob O’Keeffe, BCEC General Manager, said the event added to the growing number of scientific and medical conferences choosing Brisbane and the Centre for their events.
“The benefits and legacies of hosting knowledge-based specialty conferences such as Tropical Medicine are considerable and showcase the Centre and the city’s ability to host world class scientific events,” he said.
Members of the international selection committee praised the relevance and comprehensive nature of the Brisbane bid.
The winning bid was prepared by BCEC’s Manager International Convention Bidding, Alison Gardiner, in conjunction with world renowned malaria immunology expert and BCEC Convention Advocate Brisbane based Professor Michael Good and Malcolm Jones who travelled to Rio de Janeiro for the presentation along with confirmed PCO, arinex.