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World's biggest Public Transport Summit coming to Melbourne

18 May 2018

Melbourne has been selected to host the world’s biggest public transport event, the UITP Global Public Transport Summit in 2021.

The Union International des Transports Publics (UITP) Global Public Transport Summit runs every two years and has operated for more than 130 years, with Melbourne’s success marking the first time the event will visit the Southern Hemisphere in 28 years.

The Summit is expected to generate $9.4 million in economic activity for the State of Victoria and will connect Melbourne with some of the world's brightest minds in the transport industry.

The event is an opportunity to discover new and innovative ideas in public transport from some of the world's most advanced cities, which will benefit Melbourne as we deliver $30 billion worth of projects to transform our transport network.

The Summit will be hosted at the Melbourne Convention and Exhibition Centre, making use of the $200 million expansion project underway and due to be opened in July 2018.

The extension will see the world-class facilities boosted with an additional 9000 square metres of event space, bringing the total size of Melbourne’s signature venue to 70,000 square metres.

The most recent UITP Global Public Transport Summit was held in Montreal in 2017 attracting more than 2500 delegates and their partners from 84 countries, including study tours across North America.