National Arboretum Canberra

Official Welcome

Michael Matthews Chief Executive Officer Canberra Convention Bureau

Canberra is ready to welcome you back

Canberra is a world city, Australia’s capital and an exciting place to do business. It’s a city bustling with innovation.

Cutting-edge researchers, Nobel Prize winners, federal politicians, innovative thinkers, artists, media figures and business leaders all call our great city home. It’s this mix of interesting people that makes Canberra a city of knowledge, culture and influence – a city that visitors feel and remember.

This 2021 Meeting Planners Guide is focused on recovery and a belief that Canberra as a planned and congestion-free city is the place where domestic planners will bring their future business events, offering a controlled return to business activity. Canberra is now more connected through increased air routes around Australia, and we anticipate our prime location between major population centres will position us as a hybrid meeting location of choice.

We’re a dynamic city, abundant with prestigious establishments and national treasures such as the Australian War Memorial, the National Gallery of Australia, and Australian Parliament House. Our national story is held within their walls, making them ideal places to host conferences and events.

THINK CANBERRA and the Research and Learning Institutes Group (RALIG), established by Canberra Convention Bureau, connect your events with these institutions, and the thought leaders who work there.

Canberra continues to forge its reputation as Australia’s powerhouse of information and justify its title as the ‘Knowledge Capital’. The city is home to five of Australia’s top-ranking universities and a range of research centres.

You’ll quickly discover that the city is ever evolving. Popular precincts, such as NewActon, Civic, Braddon and Kingston buzz with activity. Pop-up stores, award-winning architecture, lively brewpubs, cultural festivals, music and public art are at the heart of our city, which has something to offer everyone.

An advantage of holding your event in a well-designed city the size of Canberra is the ease of movement and connectivity. People within Canberra’s business events community take pride in working collaboratively to deliver on your business events outcomes, where planners and delegates can simply achieve more.

With the help of the Canberra Convention Bureau team, you can access all of Canberra’s unique offerings to design an event program that will inform, entertain, inspire and impress. Our capital is already returning to the positivity stemming from a well-managed confident world city, and we look forward to sharing it with you in person.

Michael Matthews
Chief Executive Officer
Canberra Convention Bureau

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