Adelaide PCO wins bid to manage International Astronautical Congress

Adelaide-based conference organiser All Occasions Group (AOG) has won the right to manage the 68th International Astronautical Congress (IAC) in Adelaide, Australia in 2017.

AOG Director Anne-Marie Quinn
AOG Director Anne-Marie Quinn

The company beat-off international competition to secure the event, which will be the largest business event Adelaide has ever seen.

It is expected to attract more than 3,000 delegates from around the world including a number of astronauts, contributing around $20m AUD (£10m) to the local economy. It will also provide 22,000 bed nights and create more than 170 jobs.

AOG director Anne-Marie Quinn became aware the Adelaide Convention Bureau was bidding to host the congress about 12 months ago when she met Michael Davis, head of the Space Industry Association of Australia.

When Adelaide was announced as the host city in October 2014 she realised there was a major opportunity for AOG to bid for the event. The tender process was conducted over the 2014/15 Christmas and New Year period.

The company is now taking on more staff and moving into larger premises to help it deliver the project.

Its responsibilities include budget and sponsorship management, event and exhibition management, marketing and communications, the creation of a social programme, and organising travel itineraries.

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