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Adelaide named host of 68th International Astronautical Congress in 2017

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The Adelaide Convention Centre will host over 3,000 delegates from around the world at the 68th International Astronautical Congress (IAC) in 2017.

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South Australia came out on top of Bremen, Orlando, Istanbul and Dublin to win the rights to hold the IAC. It will be the second time it has been held in Australia.

Acting Premier John Rau said that the conference would bring top executives from multi-national companies like Lockheed Martin and BAE Systems to South Australia – a substantial opportunity for the state.

“This is the most significant conference that Adelaide has ever secured. The International Astronautical Congress is a new frontier for the convention business in Adelaide,” Rau said.

“Adelaide has a strong history in space industries and research and is perfectly placed to host one of the world’s most prestigious conventions that is estimated to generate more than $18m in economic activity and create more than 150 jobs.”

The announcement was made overnight in Toronto during the 65th International Astronautical Congress.

The Adelaide Convention Bureau, along with the Space Industry Association of Australia and the South Australian Government, worked together to win hosting rights.

Brett Biddington AM, Coordinator for bid to host 2017 IAC in Adelaide Australia thanked all those involved in the campaign which has been running since 2010.

“Thank you all for your material and moral support without which we would not have brought a campaign that started in 2010 to this successful conclusion. The competition was tough but I now look forward to beginning detailed planning for IAC 2017.”

IAC 2014

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