Brisbane has won the right to host the International Population Conference, slated to take place in 2025.
This will mark the first time in the event’s 93-year history that it has been held in Australia. Organised every four years by the International Union for the Scientific Study of Population (IUSSP), the six-day Conference is expected to deliver A$7.2 million (US$5.2 million) in direct economic spend for Queensland.
More than 2,000 of the world’s leading experts in the field are expected to meet at Brisbane Convention & Exhibition Centre (BCEC).
BCEC partnered with the Australian Population Association, host organisation for the conference, together with Tourism and Events Queensland, Tourism Australia and the Brisbane Economic Development Agency to secure the first-time event for Brisbane and Australia.
Edith Gray, head of the school of demography at the Australian National University, and IUSSP Council member said that Australia’s highly regarded international reputation for population research was a factor in the selection of Brisbane as the host city for the conference.
BCEC general manager, Bob O’Keeffe, said: “A return to Business Events is vital for the Queensland economy and as we navigate a more positive post-pandemic landscape this major win for Brisbane represents an appetite for face-to-face meetings to return in strength.”
“Now more so than ever, attracting large-scale international events is helping to generate global attention for Australia as a world-class business events destination. As Australia reopens its international borders to the world this month, securing events like this will help to boost the recovery of our tourism industry and economy more broadly,” added Tourism Australia managing director Phillipa Harrison.