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  • Melbourne’s action-packed September

    September 28, 2022

    Victoria shone this September as twelve international and national business events took place.

    Combined, these high-profile business events drove more than 9,400 delegates to Melbourne and delivered an estimate $43.5 million in economic contribution to the state and almost 18,000 room nights that boosted the Victorian hotel and accommodation sector.

    Notable business events included CODA 2022, the World Barista Championships (WBC) and World Brewers Cup 2022 (WBrC) as part of the Melbourne International Coffee Expo (MICE) and the 2022 National Catholic Education Commission (NCEC) Conference.

    MCB Chief Executive Julia Swanson said Melbourne is the ideal city to host these esteemed business events.

    “Melbourne has an enviable reputation for hosting world class business events. It’s a city of great minds that incubates thinkers, creators, innovators, and producers across multiple sectors, from health and medical; to education, business and the food and wine industry.

    MCB and its partners enjoyed showcasing Melbourne on a global scale as we welcomed delegates from across the globe this September.”

    Kickstarting the busy month was the highly anticipated NCEC Conference 2022, 4-7 September at the Melbourne Convention and Exhibition Centre (MCEC) where Catholic educators at long last attended an in-person national gathering for the first time in six years. Held every four or five years, the conference provides an important opportunity to network with and learn from leaders in Catholic education. 

    This year’s theme was, The Future is Listening, which had speakers and participants explore, listen and articulate the future of education for young people in Australia. Attended by approximately 2,000 delegates made up of school and system leaders, educational professionals, clergy and students, the conference worked to promote and plan future directions of Catholic learning communities across Australia.

    Strengthening Melbourne’s reputation as a premium destination in hosting global events in the medical field this September was the unparalleled healthcare event, CODA 2022. Across four days, over 2,000 delegates from around the globe convened at MCEC to enjoy a festival of clinical learning, health advocacy and a celebration of the healthcare community including a focus on fun and wellbeing.

    Taking a fresh approach to CODA 2022 format, the program has been designed the way medicine is practiced, integrating multiple domains of professional practice simultaneously. The clinical medicine sessions were layered with additional considerations for communication, ethics, professionalism and advocacy, while the advocacy sessions also related directly to clinical practice.

    Continuing the action-packed month, the eyes of the coffee world are once again on Melbourne this September as it hosts the highly anticipated 2022 WBC and WBrC from 27 – 30 September 2022 at MCEC.

    After three years of postponements and cancellation, the WBC, WBrC and MICE is expected to attract over 14,000 delegates from around the globe and inject more than $15.5 million to the Victorian economy.

    Unofficially dubbed ‘the Olympics of Coffee’, the WBC is the preeminent international coffee competition produced annually by World Coffee Events (WCE).  Australia is the first country outside the United States to host WBrC, cementing Melbourne as an iconic and respected coffee nation. The WBC competition focuses on promoting excellence in coffee, advancing the barista profession, and engaging a worldwide audience with an annual championship event that serves as the culmination of local and regional events around the globe.

    Representing Australia in the WBC is Victoria’s very own, reigning Barista Australian Champion, Anthony Douglas and Harry Ko, the Australian Brewers Cup Champion. Open to the public from 29th September, visitors enjoy can support Anthony and watch both thrilling competitions involving involve time-restricted performances by the baristas on a stage in front of judges and a packed audience.

    Business events held in Melbourne this September:

    • World Halal Business Conference 2022
    • Ecumenical Schools Australia Annual Conference 2022
    • 2022 National Catholic Education Commission Conference
    • The Retail Academy Live
    • 2022 RACDS 25th Biennial Conference
    • The Fine Edge of Dentistry by RACDS 2022
    • 2022 Clinical Documentation Improvement Australasia
    • CODA 2022
    • 2022 VIEW DANCE Competition
    • 7th Global Botanic Gardens Congress 2022
    • Chemeca and Hazards Australasia Joint Meeting 2022
    • World Barista Championship and World Brewers Cup 2022