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Brisbane wins conferences worth millions to local economy

The Australian city of Brisbane will host up to 1,500 of the world's leading skin cancer experts in October 2017, worth £2.16m to the Queensland economy.

Brisbane Convention & Exhibition Centre
Brisbane Convention & Exhibition Centre

The ninth World Congress of Melanoma will be held over four days at the Brisbane Convention & Exhibition Centre (BCEC). The conference is expected to deliver a £2.16m boost to the economy of Queensland, which has the highest incidence of skin cancer in the world.

The BCEC joined with Cancer Council Queensland and two of Brisbane’s leading melanoma specialists to bid for the conference.

Bob O’Keeffe, BCEC general manager, said the win was further affirmation of Brisbane’s reputation and track record for hosting major international events and its appeal to the international scientific and research sectors. He added: "These events have enormous benefit for Brisbane in financial terms, but also in fostering international collaboration, driving investment and delivering research outcomes." 

The BCEC is also welcoming cancer experts next month for the first Global Controversies and Advances in Skin Cancer Conference between 21 and 24 November.

Brisbane will host the G20 World Leaders Summit in November 2014.

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