The World Routes Development Forum aviation event will head to Australia for the first time in 2019.
Adelaide has been named as the host city of the event, which gathers airport and airline executives, along with other industry stakeholders, with the aim of developing new global air routes.
The 25th annual edition of World Routes will be jointly hosted by the South Australian Tourism Commission, Tourism Australia and Adelaide Airport.
“The first Australian World Routes will be an exciting event for our business. Adelaide is growing in popularity as a destination and it is a gateway to South Australia’s many attractions. We look forward to working with the Adelaide team in the coming years,” said Michael Duck, executive vice president of UBM Asia, which organises the Routes events.
South Australian’s Minister for Tourism, Leon Bignell, called World Routes “a huge coup” for the state.
“We beat the rest of the world to bring this massive convention to Adelaide,” Bignell said. “It is the world’s biggest trade conference and will help deepen our connections with aviation leaders as well as see more than AU$20 million (US$15m) pumped into our visitor economy.”
While the exact dates of World Routes 2019 have not been confirmed, the event will take place in autumn of that year at the Adelaide Convention Centre. An estimated 3,000 delegates are expected to attend.
The event will come just a year after Brisbane hosts the 2018 Routes Asia event.