Perth has been chosen as host city for 2024's International Conference on Infrared, Millimeter and Terahertz Waves, marking 12 years since the conference was last held in Australia.
The 49th edition of the annual event expects to welcome more than 600 international delegates over the six-day conference, which is estimated to deliver more than AUD$3 million (US$2.2 million) in direct economic contribution to the Western Australian economy.
The winning bid was the result of a tripartite effort between Associate Professor Vincent Wallace from The University of Western Australia (as bid chair), Business Events Perth, and professional conference organiser, Arinex.
"Not only did [the International Organising committee] recognise Perth and Western Australia as a fantastic place to visit, but also the strength and depth of the scientific community here, and the importance of international networking and collaboration," Wallace said.
"The committee was most impressed with the commitment and support from the city itself, Business Events Perth and Arinex," he added.
Tourism Australia supported the bid to bring this event to Australia through its Business Events Bid Fund Program, which was also instrumental for Darwin's recent winning bid to host the World Conference on Ecological Restoration in 2023.
“This is a great win for Perth and Australia, and the return of this conference to Australia in 2024 highlights Australia’s expertise in this knowledge sector and ensures our continued appeal as a world-class business events destination amongst global decision makers," said Tourism Australia Managing Director, Phillipa Harrison.
Western Australian Tourism Minister, David Templeman, added: "Business events are an important part of the Western Australian economy, bringing high yielding visitors to the State, which is why the McGowan Government funds organisations like Business Events Perth, through Tourism WA, to bid and secure major conferences and exhibitions for our thriving State."
The minister also openly urged event delegates to extend their visits and explore the Western Australia region.