Melbourne.Minister for Tourism and Major Events Louise Asher today announced that Melbourne has secured the right to host the prestigious International AIDS Conference in 2014, the largest medical conference ever to be held in Australia. Ms Asher said the International AIDS Conference was one of the most significant and esteemed conferences in the world, and was a major victory for Melbourne.
“This six-day event, which will be held at the Melbourne Convention and Exhibition Centre in July 2014, will generate $ 80 million for the Victorian economy and is expected to attract more than 14,000 of the world’s leading scientists, health care providers and political, community and business leaders,” Ms Asher said. “Winning this conference for Melbourne is testament to Australia’s deserved reputation as an international leader in HIV/AIDS research and clinical care. Melbourne leads the nation in innovation, research and medical facilities, and it is fitting this major congress will be held here.” Victoria is home to 139 biotech companies, as well as some of the world’s leading medical research centres, including the Burnet Institute, Monash University and the Alfred Hospital.