Brisbane in Australia will roll out the welcome mat for the world’s leading posture and gait experts, following its successful bid to host the International Society of Posture & Gait Research’s (ISPGR) World Congress, 20-24 June 2021.
Brisbane Marketing collaborated with Tourism and Events Queensland and the Brisbane Convention & Exhibition Centre to secure the congress.
Lord Mayor Graham Quirk welcomed the chance to host more than 500 delegates from over 40 countries in Brisbane, saying: “Brisbane, as Australia’s New World City, is home to game-changing health and medical science research and practice. I am proud that our local expertise played a role in Brisbane securing the ISPGR World Congress for the first time.”
The congress is set to deliver an AUD$1.5m economic boost as Brisbane brings it back to the Asia Pacific region following a number of years in the UK, North America and Europe.
Business events generate more than AUD$257m for the local Brisbane economy every year and Queensland’s Tourism Industry Development Minister Kate Jones said the state was “proud to support business events like this which generate significant economic benefit for it.”
BCEC General Manager Bob O’Keeffe added: “The Centre’s strong working partnerships and collaboration with Brisbane’s research and scientific communities continues to play a significant role in helping to secure these niche scientific conferences for BCEC and Brisbane.
“The benefits and legacies of hosting knowledge-based and scientific conferences are considerable in showcasing Brisbane’s leading science and research strengths and the Centre’s reputation for hosting world-class events.”
ISPGR President and Professor of Movement Neuroscience at Liverpool John Moores University, Mark Hollands, said a number of factors contributed to Brisbane being selected as the 2021 host destination.
“Brisbane is a warm and welcoming city with exceptional research institutions, award-winning conference facilities, and a range of new hotels and experiences for delegates,” Professor Hollands said.
“We expect our Asia-based members to take advantage of Brisbane’s close proximity to the region, while access from across the globe is easy with direct flights from more than 80 destinations.”