The spotlight is on Victoria this September as 12 international and national business events are set to take place.

High-profile business events held across the city this month will drive more than 9,400 delegates to Melbourne and deliver AUD43.5 million (USD29.6 million) in economic contribution to the state and almost 18,000 room nights to boost the Victorian hotel and accommodation sector.

Notable business events include 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 shares why 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 look forward to showcasing Melbourne globally as we welcome delegates from across the globe this September.”

Kickstarting the busy month is the highly anticipated NCEC Conference 2022, 4-7 September at the Melbourne Convention and Exhibition Centre (MCEC) where Catholic educators will at long last be able to attend 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, The Future is Listening, will have speakers and participants explore, listen and articulate the future of education for young people in Australia. Attended by an expected 2,000 delegates made up of school and system leaders, educational professionals, clergy and students, the conference works 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 is the unparalleled healthcare event, CODA 2022. Taking place across four days, over 2,000 delegates from across the globe convene 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 programme has been designed the way medicine is practised, integrating multiple domains of professional practice simultaneously. The clinical medicine sessions are layered with additional considerations for communication, ethics, professionalism and advocacy, while the advocacy sessions also relate directly to clinical practice.

Continuing the action-packed month, the eyes of the coffee world will once again be on Melbourne this September when 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 AUD15.5 million into 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 are 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 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 to be 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

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