Melbourne Convention Bureau (MCB) has secured the Symposium of the International Association for Shell and Spatial Structures (SIASS) for 2023. It has been 25 years since this global meeting of engineers, architects and builders last gathered in Australia.
Backed by the Victorian State Government and prominent Australian universities, the event is expected to attract 500 delegates at the Melbourne Convention and Exhibition Centre (MCEC) and deliver in excess of AUD$2m (US$1.45m) economic contribution to the local economy.
Julia Swanson, MCB chief executive, said: “Part of the programme will involve technical tours showcasing architectural points of interest the city is known for. Melbourne has been at the forefront of lightweight structural systems such as lattice, membrane, and shell structures – from the famed Sidney Myer Music Bowl the iconic spire at the Arts Centre Melbourne to AAMI Park, to name a few.”
Having worked with MCB previously, bid leader Professor Mike Xie from the RMIT University added: “We are thrilled to have the opportunity to hold this important event in Melbourne and are grateful for the strong support of the Melbourne Convention Bureau and the Victorian State Government.”
So far this year, MCB has secured 41 business events for Melbourne which are expected to attract almost 40,000 delegates and inject $147.7m direct revenue to the Victorian business events supply chain.
Alongside the SIASS, in 2023 Melbourne will host 27 international and national business events including the 2023 Rotary International Convention which will attract 20,000 delegates and deliver more than $88m to the Victorian economy, making it the most valuable convention ever secured for Victoria.