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September 26, 2010
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IHRA to hold 2012 conference in Adelaide




The International Harm Reduction Association has announced that it will be holding it will be holding its 2012 International Conference in Adelaide, South Australia.

Managing director of the conference consortium, Paddy Costall, said: “Adelaide’s bid was among the best, most comprehensive and relevant conference bids we have ever received. The Adelaide Convention Bureau and Team Adelaide partners have shown a total commitment to collaborate with us and other affiliated organisations to plan towards delivering exceptional event solutions for the IHRA Conference in May 2012."

As is the nature of the business events industry, this bid process commenced some time ago, in March 2009 with the final presentation and negotiation taking place at IMEX in May this year. The successful win of this event is good news for Adelaide, taking the number of international conference wins secured by the Adelaide Convention Bureau in this calendar year to five with a forecasted economic impact of A$13.4 million. The total bids won this calendar year number 23 - with a total economic impact worth A$40 million.
 
“This was another example of Team Adelaide providing a strategic solution to the client (IHRA),” said Adelaide Convention Bureau chief executive Damien Kitto. “Our partners in the bid process, The Adelaide Convention Centre and the South Australian Tourism Commission were also instrumental in securing this 1,000+ delegate conference to our destination."
 
He continued: “The total solution presented to the IHRA was not just about the suitability of the destination. Although that is of course important, we focused on Team Adelaide’s ability to assist with sourcing the required sponsorship, building relationships with key local, national and New Zealand stakeholders and a commitment to support the client’s planning and promotion from now to May 2012. This being an International Conference, we also built a strong ‘Case for Australia’ in the bid outlining key strengths in Australia’s well established harm minimisation strategies and programs."


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