Melbourne will host the 39th Asian Racing Conference in 2022, bringing hundreds of delegates to Victoria for one of the most important international gatherings for leaders in the thoroughbred racing industry.
Minister for Racing Martin Pakula joined Asian Racing Conference Secretary-General Andrew Harding at the closing ceremony of the 2020 Asian Racing Conference in Cape Town on Friday to confirm the win for racing in Victoria.
The 2022 Asian Racing Conference will provide an opportunity to promote Victoria’s premier racing and breeding industries in key markets in Asia, and to foster connections on important issues for horse racing jurisdictions throughout the region.
The Melbourne Convention Bureau worked with Racing Victoria to win the rights to host the biennial conference, which is expected to draw 600 delegates from more than 30 countries, including many from Europe, North America and South America, filling 2,400 hotel room nights and delivering more than $3 million in economic benefit.
It is expected that the conference will be scheduled for the February/March period, to coincide with Victoria’s Festival of Racing.
“This is a coup for Victoria and it will provide the opportunity for us to further showcase our racing industry to the world," said Minister for Racing Martin Pakula.
“Victoria is a major player in a significant global industry and it’s important that we are able to share our knowledge while also learning from the experiences of others.
“We are keeping racing strong, which is vital for the thousands of people who draw a wage from the industry.”