The Australian state of Victoria’s innovation in the Intelligent Transport Systems (ITS) sector will be on show to the world as the 23rd Intelligent Transport System World Congress (ITS 2016) moves into Melbourne, 10–14 October 2016.
ITS 2016 will be held at the Melbourne Convention and Exhibition (MCEC) and is expected to attract 7,000 delegates to Victoria, generating A$25m (US$18.94m) in economic contribution.
Last year’s ITS congress was held in Bordeaux, France, and the 2017 congress will go to Montreal, Canada.
The 2016 congress was secured by Melbourne Convention Bureau (MCB) with support from vice-president and board director of ITS Australia, Dean Zabrieszach. It is the first time the congress has been held in Melbourne.
Transport equipment is Victoria’s second largest manufacturing industry, employing 29,000 people and contributing $3.8bn to the state economy.
Karen Bolinger, chief executive officer of the Melbourne Convention Bureau, described winning ITS 2016 was “a coup” for the state.
“ITS 2016 will be themed around showcasing the contribution of intelligent transport systems to the delivery of liveable cities and communities. Melbourne is the ideal city to demonstrate this theme, having been named for six consecutive years as the World’s Most Liveable City, with liveability enhanced by intelligent transport systems contribution to the community.
“The congress is the ideal platform to showcase our local talent and attract global expertise to the state… Our bid was supported by State Government, City of Melbourne and MCEC, as well as our partners Melbourne Airport, SkyBus and Qantas.”
Acting minister for tourism and major events, Philip Dalidakis, said hosting the ITS 2016 was a great opportunity for the state to showcase the very best it has to offer visitors.
“These events provide valuable opportunities for hotels, restaurants, shops and other small businesses across the state – boosting trade and the demand for jobs,” the minister said.
MCEC chief executive, Peter King added: “The world’s best minds in ITS will take over more than 80 per cent of our venue, with our employees set to work over 600 shifts to deliver the entirely customised event.
“The Welcome Reception alone is spread across 19,500sqm of space, but the event won’t just stop at our doors – it will be infiltrating the entire city of Melbourne and our transport networks.”