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Melbourne won an award for being Australasia’s leading meetings and conference destination at the 2013 World Travel Awards in Dubai.

“The World Travel Awards represents the voice of the international travel and tourism industry, and this accolade speaks volumes about the city’s capabilities,” said Karen Bolinger, CEO, Melbourne Convention Bureau.

Melbourne is worthy of its new title, according to Bolinger.

“Melbourne’s infrastructure, intellectual capital, professional services and aesthetics have once again proven superior to those of its Australasian competitors and have enabled the city to be officially recognized as the No. 1 meetings and conference destination in the region,” said Louise Asher, minister for tourism and major events, Victorian Coalition Government.

The Victorian Coalition Government is a federal organization in Victoria, Australia. Melbourne is the capital and largest city in Victoria.

“The city’s ability to secure such events is proven by in the next year Melbourne will host three of the world’s largest and most prestigious health and medical-related conferences: the 22nd World Diabetes Congress for 12,500 delegates, the World Congress of Cardiology for 9,000 delegates; and the International AIDS Conference for 14,000 delegates, which is an outstanding achievement,” added Asher.

The award was accepted by Asher’s colleague – John Butler, commissioner to the Middle East, North Africa and Turkey for the Victorian Coalition Government.

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