State’s biggest conference flies into Adelaide – boosting our visitor economy by $20m

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State’s biggest conference flies into Adelaide – boosting our visitor economy by $20m



Adelaide will host the biggest conference ever to be held in South Australia –  having won the rights for the world’s largest aviation trade business event.

World Routes 2019 is expected to inject more than $20 million into the State’s visitor economy.

More than 3000 delegates from major airlines, airports, tourism and aviation businesses from international and interstate markets will be in Adelaide for World Routes. It will be the first time it has been held in Australasia.

During the three day forum, international airports will pitch to airlines for new route opportunities and it will provide the perfect opportunity to showcase Adelaide to top-ranking global decision makers.

The World Routes Convention event has previously been hosted in cities such as Chicago, Las Vegas, Abu Dhabi and Berlin.

Today’s announcement follows news a $50 million, 165 room hotel will be built at Adelaide Airport, with construction expected to start in April next year.


The State Government has invested $70 million to market South Australia nationally and internationally and to attract major events and conferences.

More than 300 events and conferences – some attracting up to 1000 delegates – are scheduled for this year. Convention delegates spend about $632 a day on average.

Tourism is one of South Australia’s key economic drivers and our visitor economy is currently at a record $5.95 billion. Tourism jobs have grown by 4,000 in the past two years –  a 14% increase – the best jobs growth in Australia.

The State Government is committed to achieving our goal of an $8 billion tourism industry by 2020.

Adelaide Airport Managing Director, Mark Young said, ” Adelaide Airport is a proud funding partner of World Routes 2019, and like the State Government we support the goal to grow tourism and improve international air access. We have been attending World Routes for close to 20 years and recognise the importance of this event, as well as the massive opportunity it provides South Australia. It will support our continuing pitch for increased airline services by bringing key targets to our front door.”

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