Collaboration and innovation has seen Melbourne secure the
world’s largest public transport event, The Union International des Transports
Publics (UITP) Global Public Transport Summit 2021.
The four-day event will see 2,000 delegates from all over the
world meet in Melbourne from 6 – 9 June at the Melbourne Convention
and Exhibition Centre (MCEC) and will deliver $9.4 million in economic
contribution for Victoria.
The Summit is dedicated to sustainable mobility and will provide
opportunities for the world’s greatest minds in the sector to network, develop
partnerships and establish new projects investment.
Melbourne is well placed to host such an event with the state
currently undergoing a $30 billion investment in transforming Melbourne’s
transport network, and Melbourne boasting the world’s largest tram network.
Melbourne beat Moscow and Hamburg to secure the Summit, with
Victorian Minister for Tourism and Major Events John Eren stating that
Melbourne is setting the pace when it comes to securing and delivering business
“With the biggest infrastructure pipeline in the country – this
Summit belongs in Victoria.”
“Melbourne has an enviable reputation for hosting world class
business events and our MCEC expansion will continue to bring more of them to
our state – strengthening our economy and creating Victorian jobs.”
Through a partnership with Victorian State Government, Business
Events Australia, Transport for Victoria and Public Transport Victoria, City of
Melbourne and the Melbourne Convention and Exhibition Centre, Melbourne
Convention Bureau (MCB) steered the proposal to secure the event for Melbourne.
Melbourne Convention Bureau Chief Executive Officer, Karen
Bolinger said “Melbourne has a global reputation for collaboration with
federal, local and state governments, as well as city-wide partners working
together to successfully secure and deliver conferences.
“This collaborative approach sets us apart, cementing
Melbourne’s status as a premier business events destination.”
Tourism Australia supported the bid to bring the UITP Global
Public Transport Summit 2021 to Melbourne.
“Australia’s track record in delivering business events, our
friendly welcoming people and unique landscapes are an unbeatable combination
for international association events. We are delighted that yet another
important business event has been secured for Australia,” said John O’Sullivan,
Managing Director Tourism Australia.
MCEC Chief Executive Peter King said “our venue is more than
just a place for hosting meetings and conferences, we’re a hub within
Melbourne, where people can gather to share and exchange knowledge and ideas.
Our connection with our city is what sets us apart, and I look forward to
hosting UITP and showing them the very best that Melbourne and MCEC has to