The Newcastle Convention Bureau has secured an early Christmas present for Australia’s eighth biggest city with news that the region and a new iconic venue will host a major medical student conference in 2016 attracting 600 delegates and injecting almost $1 million into the Hunter economy.
The Australian Medical Students’ Association (AMSA) has announced that its Global Health Conference (GHC) will be held in Newcastle over four days in late August or early September, 2016, with around 600 medical students and professional speakers expected to attend from across Australia and the globe.
The Newcastle Convention Bureau – a member of the greater Hunter region’s Altogether Perfect campaign which markets the area as a business events destination – won the conference for Newcastle and expects the convention will inject $991,000 into the local economy through delegate and organiser spending on venues, accommodation, transport, food and beverages and attractions.
Venues will include the University of Newcastle’s brand new, $95 million ‘NeW Space’ facility, a striking, 10-storey academic and function centre in the heart of the city set to be a Novacastrian landmark when its opens in the latter half of 2016, just in time for the AMSA conference. Other venues will include the university’s Conservatorium and the Grand Venues of Newcastle which embraces the historic Newcastle City Hall. It is also expected that at least one of the conference’s social events will be held in the Hunter Valley Wine Region, with pre and post event touring packages also embracing nearby Port Stephens.
AMSA’s 2014 Global Health Conference was held in Sydney while Perth will host the 2015 event, which is designed to draw together Australian medical students to discuss global health issues.
Altogether Perfect spokesperson, Georgia Lazzari – Business Events and Conventions Developer for the Newcastle Convention Bureau (NCB) – said the NCB had work closely with The University of Newcastle to submit a detailed submission to AMSA pitching Newcastle as an ideal host city for the 2016 conference and was delighted its submission was successful.
“The Newcastle Convention Bureau works hard to secure major conferences for the city and AMSA’s 2016 GHC is our latest win, ensuring the city and wider region can benefit from the huge economic boost these major events generate,” Ms Lazzari said. “This conference win also strengthens the work of our umbrella Altogether Perfect campaign which as launched earlier this year to attract more business events to Newcastle, Port Stephens and the Hunter Valley.”
Launched in 2014, the $270,000 ‘Altogether Perfect’ campaign is the name for the collaborative marketing efforts undertaken by regional partners in the Hunter Region to attract and secure business events tourism. Backed by Newcastle Convention Bureau, Hunter Valley Wine & Tourism Association and Destination Port Stephens and supported by dynamic industry operators, the joint marketing group attends trade fairs and sales missions and host visits to the region by key conference organisers and media to build the appeal of the Hunter region as a premier business tourism destination. The campaign received funding through the Regional Visitor Economy Fund (RVEF) which is managed and administered by the NSW Government’s tourism and major events agency, Destination NSW.