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Melbourne secures International Congress on Obesity in 2022

The Melbourne Convention and Exhibition Centre (MCEC) will welcome the International Congress on Obesity (ICO) in 2022.

The announcement follows the Australian Government’s commitment to reducing the nation’s obesity levels with the establishment of an Expert Steering Committee to help progress the Government’s 10-year National Preventative Health Strategy.

The bid was secured by the Melbourne Convention Bureau (MBC) with input from leading scientific organisation – Australia & New Zealand Obesity Society (ANZOS) with support from the Victorian State Government and Tourism Australia’s Business Events Bid Fund Programme.

“This success is a result of Melbourne’s status as Australia’s knowledge and innovation capital, combined with the unified ‘Team Melbourne’ approach that helps us to continuously deliver business events of this calibre,” said Melbourne Convention Bureau CEO, Julia Swanson.

The meeting is held biennially by the World Obesity Federation. The ICO 2022 will bring together more than 1,500 global leaders across the fields of science, medicine, research and policy together to showcase the latest research on all aspects of obesity.

Federal tourism minister Simon Birmingham said: “This is a major win for Melbourne and reinforces the city’s standing as a business events destination of choice. Business events are extremely valuable to our economy, with the average business events visitor spending at least twice as much as a leisure visitor.

“As a country, we have a distinguished track record of hosting large-scale international business events, and I am pleased that the Morrison Government’s Bid Fund Program is continuing to assist in the conversion of new business for Australia which provides a boost to our economy.”

The announcement follows the Australian Government’s commitment to reducing the nation’s obesity levels with the establishment of an Expert Steering Committee to help progress the Government’s 10-year National Preventative Health Strategy.

The congress aims to not only share knowledge and best practices between medical professionals but also break down barriers for healthier lifestyles for those suffering with obesity.