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Lift off: Adelaide ahead of rivals in bid to host astronauts

The Australian city of Adelaide is bidding to host the 2024 International Astronautical Congress (IAC) – just four years after it last hosted the event.

“We showed the world what an amazing destination Adelaide was when we hosted the highly successful 2017 Congress; now we intend to do so again – only better,” said Adelaide Convention Bureau (ACB) Chief Executive Damien Kitto.

The city saw off rival bids from Washington, Bremen, and Istanbul to host the 2017 event and is likely to face similarly fierce competition this time round.

Kitto said the IAC was one of the world’s most prestigious business events and was a natural fit for Adelaide as the national centre of Australia’s space sector, being home to the Australian Space Agency, high calibre research and development and space company growth.

“The 2017 event with more than 4000 delegates and speakers injecting $632 a day into the economy during their five-day stay generated $24 million in economic growth and 229 jobs,” he said. “It enabled us to showcase Adelaide’s world class venues, accommodation, restaurants and wineries and of course our regions. All of those have improved in quality even more in the interim.”

The ACB is working supporting the Andy Thomas Space Foundation in conjunction with the State Government to bring the bi-annual business event back to Adelaide for the second time in a decade.

“The ACB is focussed on State economic growth potential from business events, as much as on the short-term economic boost during an event, and we know this dual focus is also a factor for IAC organisers. So, we are extremely pleased with our Premier’s announcement that we are the first city to bid for the 2024 event”, said Kitto, “and the ACB has already advanced bid preparations and planning.”

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