World Congress of Neurology, 2005

Sydney hosted the 18th World Congress of Neurology in 2005, bringing more than 5,200 delegates to the city including 500 speakers, staying in more than 30 of our top hotels.

Dr Bill Carroll, Congress Organising Committee President, said the choice of Sydney as the host destination increased delegate numbers by as much as 10 to 15 percent.

"Sydney is a unique and exciting destination and people want to go there,” Dr Carroll said. “Feedback from delegates was outstanding. They loved coming to Sydney and loved coming to our congress."

Sydney won the right to host the event following solid lobbying by Business Events Sydney (BESydney) and its partners from as early as 1997, with a final presentation in London.

The Australian Association of Neurologists (AAN) had submitted two unsuccessful bids to host previous World Congresses of Neurology before the event came to the attention of BESydney.

Recognising the potential of bringing the Congress to Sydney, BESydney worked beside AAN to develop a fresh bid for the 2005 event, pulling together an intense lobbying program supported by a website, bid logo and direct-marketing campaign.

With the support of BESydney and bid-leader Dr Carroll, Sydney succeeded in its campaign to host the Congress because of its proximity to Asia, its affordability and its appeal as a destination.