BCEC to host world-leading health conference

Brisbane Convention & Exhibition Centre (BCEC) will host more than 1,000 ear, nose and throat health professionals at a world-leading conference.

For the first time in 40 years, the Asia Oceania Otorhinolaryngological Head and Neck Surgery Congress (AO ORL-HNS) is returning to Australia.

The five-day conference will take place at the BCEC in March 2023 and is expected to attract some 1,500 clinicians and specialist surgeons working with the ear, nose, throat, head and neck.

“This meeting is potentially the largest meeting to be held in the field of otolaryngology head and neck surgery in Australia,” Associate Professor Bernard Lyons, a main driver of the successful bid for the conference, said.

“It is a unique opportunity for Australia to interact on a scientific basis with our neighbouring countries in the Asia-Oceania region.”

Lyons collaborated with several other relevant health professionals, along with the teams at BCEC, Tourism & Events Queensland, Tourism Australia and Brisbane Marketing to secure the surgical conference for Brisbane.

“Attracting large-scale international business events to Australia is a critical part of Tourism Australia’s strategy,” Tourism Australia’s executive GM of events, Penny Lion, said.

The congress is expected to deliver $4.5 million directly into the Brisbane and Queensland economies.

Queensland Tourism Industry Development Minister Kate Jones welcomed the announcement.

“Queensland continues to demonstrate its world-class event hosting capabilities and we look forward to welcoming delegates to Brisbane in 2023,” Jones said.

BCEC general manager Bob O’Keeffe said the announcement was an endorsement of Queensland’s strengths in the key science and research sectors.

“We believe the centre has an important role to play in helping deliver these meetings for the future growth and development of Brisbane and the contribution to the knowledge economy,” O’Keeffe said.