Melbourne has secured the rights to host one of the world’s biggest business events, the 14th World Chambers Congress (WCC) 2025.
More than 1000 of the world’s leading business chamber leaders, trade delegations and local business leaders will come together to discuss solutions for global issues impacting business, create new business opportunities and exchange and develop community best practice when they convene at the Melbourne Convention and Exhibition Centre in September 2025.
The successful bid led by the Melbourne Convention Bureau in partnership with the Victorian Chamber of Commerce and Industry and with support from the Victorian Government and Tourism Australia’s Business Events Funds Program, will see the Congress unite business chambers from across the globe filling more than 2,250 hotel room nights and injecting an estimated $3.9 million into the economy.
Melbourne Convention Bureau CEO Julia Swanson said. “As a city of great minds, world leading innovation in a range of sectors and our world class infrastructure has led Melbourne to become an appealing city to host international business events, and without doubt, Australia’s premier business events destination.”
“Renowned for our collaborative network of industries, partners and suppliers working together, our Team Melbourne approach will ensure the 2025 World Chambers Congress in Melbourne is a great success.”
Victorian Chamber of Commerce and Industry Chief Executive Paul Guerra believes event will provide notable opportunities for the state of Victoria. “This is the Olympic Games of business and winning the rights to stage it in Melbourne is a major coup for Victoria.
“It will bring the eyes of the business world to Victoria and open up significant investment opportunities for the State. We will deliver a world class event and showcase the best of Melbourne and Victoria to the world.” He said.
Minister for Tourism, Sport and Major Events Steve Dimopoulos said. “The World Chambers Congress will unite business chambers from across the globe while putting Melbourne on the map for business events in 2025, filling our hotels and supporting local jobs.”
“The Congress provides a global platform for Victoria’s business achievements and will unearth opportunities for collaboration and investment to make Victoria’s business sector even stronger.”
Melbourne’s bid was presented to the International Chamber of Commerce in Paris last month and edged out China for the rights to host the 2025 WCC.