Adelaide in international orbit

Adelaide in international orbit

As part of CMW‘s exploration of meetings Down Under in our latest magazine, we take a look at recent innovations in Adelaide, where big plains are being laid for 2019.


Adelaide CVB has an expanded convention centre, 6,000 hotel rooms and a growing portfolio of major conferences that the bureau predicts will rocket the South Australian capital into the global big time for events, with 2019 set to exceed previous years for total value of economic benefit of events, as well as the number of them. 

The bureau expects also to target large incentive groups from Asia – specifically China.  

Adelaide has been announced as the base for Australia’s new space agency, a decision prompted by the city’s successful hosting of the 2017 International Astronautical Congress. It is the ultimate legacy for what remains Adelaide’s largest ever conference – 4,450 delegates.  

The agency will be housed in the old Royal Adelaide Hospital site, close to the Adelaide Convention Centre (ACC).

Construction has commenced on the new Crowne Plaza Hotel which is also situated in the East End near the Space Agency site and the 5-star SkyCity Casino, Westin and Sofitel Hotels are under construction. And, in September 2018, ACC marked one year of operation since the completion of its AUD$397m (US$285.8m) redevelopment.

ACC management reports 94 major conferences and events have been secured through until the end of 2021 – set to bring 80,000 delegates and generate 300,000 bed nights and delivering more than AUD$245m in economic benefit to the State. Thirty conferences are already on the books with 1,000+ delegates and include: World Fisheries Congress in 2020; World Indigenous People’s Conference on Education, also in 2020, and World Congress on Medical Physics and Biomedical Engineering in 2024.

ACC Initiatives last year include the Honest Goodness menu introduced last July. Developed in collaboration with nutritional experts. The menu has transformed the convention centre culinary experience and 97% of produce is sourced locally. 

ACC is also the world’s first convention centre to achieve EarthCheck’s coveted Platinum certification. General Manager Simon Burgess says organic waste to landfill has been virtually eliminated via a food rescue and redistribution programme. “We’ve provided 160,000 unused meals to OzHarvest and Foodbank and over the past decade, our greenhouse gas emission savings have been equivalent to taking 913 cars off the road, while we’ve saved more than 15m litres of water.” ACC has also been waging war on plastic, using fully biodegradable and compostable cups and lids for both hot and cold drinks. 

“Australia has a strong belief system focused on protecting our natural environments, from the rainforests through to our beaches. The fact that the only two convention centres in the world to have achieved EarthCheck’s Platinum Certification are both Australian is reflective of our nation’s proactive approach to sustainability and global leadership in this area,” Burgess adds.

With organisers and delegates seeking out more authentic experiences as part of their programmes, Adelaide can offer wineries, Kangaroo Island and the Flinders Ranges – Australia’s most accessible outback, all popular pre- and post-touring options.A flight network offers one-stop connections to 319 destinations from Adelaide. 

Managing Editor, Conference News & Conference & Meetings World. Write Paul an E-mail

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