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Page 28 • MICEBTN - FEBRUARY 2015 SOuTH AuSTRAlIA Full events listing at www.barossaconvention.org Multi-purpose Arts and Function Centre Magnolia Road, Tanunda p: 08 8561 4299 e: firstname.lastname@example.org Conferences | Exhibitions Seminars | Meetings Dinner Events | Weddings More big events, big dollars and big business as ACB reports ‘massively successful 2014’ The Adelaide Convention Bureau (ACB) has released results for 2014 showing a record A$144.2m added to the state’s visitor economy. The figure puts the RoI to the State government at 180:1 and sees the South Australian capital city’s hotels secure almost 162,000 bed nights. “These events will create around 1,400 jobs, from businesses supply- ing food to the conference delegates at their convention venues and local restaurants to the commercial laundries, the waiters, taxi drivers, and audio visual company employees,” said Damien Kitto chief executive, ACB. “Significantly too, they contribute im- mensely to organisations and businesses related to the conference industry genre with investment, networking and devel- opment opportunities,” he said. The year 2014 started relatively on par with A$49.5m worth of bids ten- dered and won by the Bureau for South Australia ( in conjunction with its Team Adelaide partners) to the end of the financial year. However, a strong per- formance in the second half of the year saw bid wins valued at A$94.7m, bringing the year end total to A$144.2m. As the A$350m redevelopment of the Adelaide Convention Centre nears completion of stage 1, securing these events by the Bureau is welcome news for the city. In years gone by, Adelaide has not been able to compete for such events due to CBD venue capacity and bid funding constraints. Some significant wins (worth A$53.6m) for Adelaide (in the last quar- ter especially) saw the Bureau achieve its most successful year to date. The victory bell was sounded at the Bureau’s Leigh Street offices many times in the October-December peri- od as the results from bid submissions – often years in the making - were announced. These included: - International Council on Systems En- gineering International Symposium 2017, Adelaide r iverbank events venues 750 delegates, 4,330 room nights, 44 jobs created, A$4,690,296 economic benefit; - Australian Veterinary Association Conference 2016, 750 delegates, 4,018 room nights, 38 jobs created, A$4,471,661 economic benefit; - APPEA National Conference & Exhibition 2018, 2,000 delegates, 5,915 room nights, 84 jobs created, A$9,400,000 economic benefit; - International Astronautical Con- gress 2017, 3,000 delegates, 22,436 room nights, 170 jobs created, A$18,651,950 economic benefit; and -AMP Financial Services Conference 2016, 1,400 delegates, 5,826 room nights, 48 jobs created, A$5,458,233 economic benefit.