In a nod to Victoria’s stature in the international economic
marketplace, Melbourne has secured the rights to host one of the world’s
biggest business events, the 14th World Chambers Congress (WCC) 2025.
Victorian Chamber of Commerce and Industry chief executive,
Paul Guerra, said: “This is the Olympic Games of business and winning the
rights to stage it in Melbourne is a major coup for Victoria.
“It will bring the eyes of the business world to Victoria
and open up significant investment opportunities for the State. We will deliver
a world-class event and showcase the best of Melbourne and Victoria to the world.
We held off strong competition from China to win the bid and we can’t wait for
this exciting opportunity in 2025.”
More than 1,000 of the world’s business chamber leaders,
trade delegations and local business leaders will come together to discuss
solutions for global issues impacting business, create new business
opportunities and exchange and develop community best practice when they
convene at the Melbourne Convention and Exhibition Centre in September 2025.
The successful bid led by the Melbourne Convention Bureau in
partnership with the Victorian Chamber of Commerce and Industry and with
support from the Victorian Government and Tourism Australia’s Business Events
Funds Program, will provide more than 2,250 hotel room nights and inject an
estimated AUD3.9 million into the economy.
Melbourne’s 2025 WCC program will have an Environmental,
Social and Governance theme (ESG) that aims to ‘empower, inspire and educate
international and domestic chambers to lead business into the future.’
Melbourne Convention Bureau CEO, Julia Swanson, said: “As a
city of great minds, world-leading innovation in a range of sectors and our world-class
infrastructure has led Melbourne to become an appealing city to host
international business events, and without doubt, Australia’s premier business
“Renowned for our collaborative network of industries,
partners and suppliers working together, our Team Melbourne approach will
ensure the 2025 World Chambers Congress in Melbourne is a great success.”