Adelaide has been inundated with astronauts and rocket scientists as the city hosted the 68th International Astronautical Congress. An event that not only set records for announcements, but blew their materialised delegate numbers out of this world.

Stretch target of 3,000 delegates was placed by the local organising committee 2 years out from the event. After receiving the most number of abstracts in the event’s history, this was revised to 3,500 6 months out from the event. However, a strong delegate boosting program, supported by Business Events Australia and the Adelaide Convention Bureau ensured that a record 4,470 delegates attended the conference.

IAC was the first major event to be held in the newly expanded Adelaide Convention Centre (ACC).  Australia’s first purpose-built convention centre, the ACC was reborn as the country’s newest, most versatile and technologically advanced meetings venue in August following the completion of a A$397m redevelopment. The IAC comprised a detailed program including eight plenary sessions, three highlight lectures, two breaking news, 200 technical sessions and a custom exhibition – all of which utilised every square metre of the centre’s available 20,000 sq/m.  The venue’s highly flexible floor plan was put to the test with exemplary results and commendation by organisers and delegates.

Adelaide has now firmly placed itself on the map for hosting large events, passing its first test with flying colours. The city can now look to the Australian Dental Congress, World Routes and the Human Proteome World Congress with confidence that not only can the destination host these large-scale conferences but Adelaide has the power to attract a huge number of delegates.



Adelaide’s premier destination showcase, Destination South Australia (DSA), is the perfect way to learn about our ever-expanding city and surrounding regions whilst meeting face to face with the local industry. Best to lock away the dates now! 21 – 22 March 2018

If you haven’t been to Adelaide before or even for a while DSA is set to surprise. Presentations, meetings and phone calls doesn’t do the destination justice when it comes to this level of transformation that it has undergone. The only real way to get an understanding is to come and experience it for yourself. DSA is a fully hosted program by the Bureau and offers a full day of scheduled business meetings with all the local venues and suppliers, followed by a tailored famil program.

Over the past 3 years DSA has received a 100% satisfaction rating from clients as it provides a perfect opportunity for busy people like yourself to get everything done in a short space of time.

AS we roll out of the Conference’s busy period, through the Christmas break and back into the hectic schedules of the 1st quarter next year it is time to save the date in your diary – 21 – 22 March 2018

If DSA sounds like something you’d like to be a part of please email your contact at the Adelaide Convention Bureau or alternatively email sales@adelaideconvention.com.au

For more information about DSA please click here.