Brisbane has won the hosting rights to the 145th International Air Transport Association (IATA) Slot Conference from November 12-15, 2019.
More than 1,200 delegates from over 230 airlines across the world are expected to attend the biannual conference held at Brisbane Convention & Exhibition Centre. The event brings airlines and airports together to negotiate slots that will give them the best possible schedule to offer their passengers.
A consortium of tourism advocates, including Brisbane Airport Corporation (BAC), Brisbane Marketing, Tourism Australia, Tourism and Events Queensland, and Brisbane Convention & Exhibition Centre, combined forces to bring this conference to Queensland.
Minister for Innovation and Tourism Industry Development Kate Jones said that the conference would help pump more than A$2.3 million (US$1.6 million) into the Queensland economy.
Tourism Australia’s managing director, John Oâ€™Sullivan, said that the IATA Slot Conference had been secured with support from its Business Events Bid Fund and was another great opportunity to showcase Australiaâ€™s impressive capabilities in event delivery.
â€œSustainable aviation capacity is crucial to Australiaâ€™s visitor economy and a key focus of Tourism Australiaâ€™s work. Securing next yearâ€™s IATA Slot Conference is part of a broader strategy for aviation development, alongside Routes Asia and World Routes,” he added.
Registration for the event will open in August next year.