The International Air Transport Association’s 2018 Annual General Meeting (AGM) will take place in Sydney in June 2018. One of the most prestigious events on the aviation calendar, the AGM – and the associated World Air Transport Summit – will attract more than 1,000 delegates and is expected to provide a boost to the NSW economy with attendees often choosing to stay and explore the region following the AGM.
The announcement of Sydney as next year’s location and Qantas as host airline was made at the conclusion of IATA’s 2017 AGM in Cancun.
Qantas Group CEO, Alan Joyce said, “We’re really looking forward to hosting our airline colleagues in Sydney next year. This is the first annual meeting to be held in the Asia-Pacific since 2012, so it’ll be good to bring the industry back to what is the world’s fastest-growing region for air travel, and give an Australian perspective on the issues and opportunities facing our industry.
“Sydney has been Qantas’ home since the 1930s and it’s Australia’s global aviation gateway today, at a time when we’re seeing a major tourism boom. That makes it a perfect place to discuss what I’m sure will be a big agenda of topics. It’s also a warm, welcoming, beautiful, city that we’re confident every delegate will love.”
This will be the third IATA AGM to be held in Sydney, after the 2000 and 1961 meetings.