Australia: Out of This World Congress Win for Adelaide
Adelaide will host the International Astronautical Congress (IAC) in September 2017, following a successful bid led by the Adelaide Convention Bureau (ACB), in partnership with The Space Industry Association of Australia (SIAA) and State Government of South Australia.
The city beat strong competition from Germany (Bremen), the US (Orlando), Turkey (Istanbul) and Ireland (Dublin) in its bid to secure what will be the largest congress ever to be hosted by Adelaide, with the win announced at the 2014 IAC in Toronto last week.
The IAC is expected to attract more than 3000 delegates from around the world including 200 astronauts and will contribute $18 million to the state’s visitor economy.
The win is a significant one for Adelaide, according to ACB chief executive Damien Kitto.
“The IAC is the world’s most important annual interdisciplinary meeting for the space industry, regularly attracting over 3000 participants from more than 70 countries, including space professionals, academics, major corporations, government representatives, students and media,” he said.
“The legacy to be left to South Australia’s space and related industries as a result of this win is priceless. For the duration of the event, the eyes of the space industry will be firmly on this state. It will increase opportunities for international collaboration and regional leadership, especially relevant as Australia – and South Australia in particular is recognised as an emerging participant in the international space community.