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Melbourne to host its ‘biggest event’ after Rotary win

Melbourne will host its biggest ever event when 20,000 Rotary members arrive in 2023.

The Australian city has been chosen as the host city for the 2023 Rotary International Convention, a massive gathering expected to delegates from almost every country in the world.

The event will be worth more than AU$88 million to the local economy.

The bid led by Melbourne Convention Bureau (MCB) and supported by the Victorian and Australian Governments had stiff international competition, including Dublin and Calgary.

Dubbed a ‘mini-United Nations’ because of its international scope and cultural diversity, Rotary’s International Convention aims to bring positive change to communities around the world.

Convention events will be hosted across two venues – Melbourne Convention and Exhibition Centre (MCEC) and Rod Laver Arena at Melbourne & Olympic Parks.

Melbourne Convention Bureau CEO Karen Bolinger said: “Victoria is a world-leader in the business events sector, and we intentionally pursue events of this size and scale as they deliver significant benefit back to the State, as well as creating further bidding opportunities from other worldwide associations that hold numerous major international conferences.”

Rotary International president Barry Rassin said: “Recently named the happiest city in the world and known for its diversity, Melbourne is a reflection of the enthusiasm and internationality of Rotary members. Our members in Melbourne have worked hard to make the world a better place from redistributing surplus fresh food to community food programs around Australia, to their goal of immunising 100,000 children in nine Pacific countries.”