Melbourne is set to host the Union International des Transports Publics (UITP) Global Public Transport Summit in 2021, the first time this event has been held in the southern hemisphere in 28 years.
The summit is one of the world’s biggest public transport summits and is expected to inject $9.4 million into the Victorian economy.
The redevelopment of the MCEC will add an addition 9000 square metres of event space, bringing the total size of the venue to 70,000 square metres.
As part of Melbourne’s bid, 100 delegate registrations are to be awarded to women in leadership roles as part of the government’s Women in Transport program.
The most recent UITP Global Public Transport Summit was held in Montreal and attracted more than 2500 delegates and partners from over 84 countries.
“With our massive program of major transport projects like the Metro Tunnel and level crossing removals, it makes sense that the world’s biggest public transport conference wants to come to Victoria,” said Victorian Minister for Public Transport Jacinta Allan.
Public Transport Victoria CEO Jereon Weimar said Melbourne’s major projects expected to be underway during 2021, it will be the perfect time to showcase what the city has to offer.
Victorian Minister for Tourism and Major Events John Eren said with the biggest infrastructure pipeline in Australia, the summit belongs in Victoria.
“We’re redeveloping MCEC for this very reason, to attract thousands more visitors, create jobs and boost our economy,” he said.