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And the winner is Melbourne

The winner is: Melbourne will play host to the 2016 ITS World Congress.

8000 delegates set to attend 2016 Intelligent Transport Congress in Victoria

General News logo11 May 2012

MELBOURNE will host the world’s biggest conference on future transport systems, the Intelligent Transport Systems (ITS) World Congress, in October 2016.

The appointment was confirmed by the ITS World Congress board in Tokyo this week, setting the Victorian capital on course to welcome up to 8000 delegates over five days at the Melbourne Convention and Exhibition Centre.

The approval of the winning bid by Intelligent Transport Systems Australia (ITS Australia) was announced jointly by the organisation’s president, Brian Negus, and the Victorian state government, which supported the bid, along with Melbourne City Council.

Mr Negus said the congress would be an important landmark for ITS developments in Australia. “We are particularly pleased with the support shown by our ITS Asia Pacific region colleagues who assessed the World Congress bids and selected Australia at the ITS Asia Pacific World Congress board meeting in April 2012,” he said.

“We are also delighted with the enthusiasm of our World Congress ambassadors from across the globe, which added to our strong bid.”

Mr Negus said the theme for the 2016 event would be ‘ITS – enhancing liveable cities and communities’.

The congress is expected to be one of the biggest conferences to be held in Melbourne in 2016.

Delegates will discuss the hot transport topics of communication, data processing and electronic technologies for in-vehicle, vehicle-to-vehicle, vehicle-to-infrastructure and mode-to-mode systems that are designed to increase transport safety and mobility, improve the sustainability of travel, reduce congestion and improve the performance and competitiveness of all modes of transport.

“Australia organised the successful 2001 ITS World Congress in Sydney,” Mr Negus said.

“We will build on that experience, and with the collaboration of our international friends, Melbourne will host a 2016 World Congress to help all cities and communities to become more liveable,” he said.

Victorian tourism and major events minister Louise Asher said the conference was expected to generate more than $23.5 million for Victoria.

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