Rotary to bring the world to Sydney

Published 11th October, 2013

Sydney will host Rotary International’s 105th annual convention on 1-4 June 2014, which is expected to attract more than 18,000 Rotary club members from over 150 countries while injecting an estimated $60.5 million into the local economy.

The Rotary convention will transform the Sydney Olympic Park into a kaleidoscope of energy, color and excitement as Rotary brings together its global network of volunteer leaders – men and women from all walks of life dedicated to tackling the world’s most pressing humanitarian challenges – to engage in a full agenda of plenary sessions, workshops and a lineup of world class keynote speakers.

"Sydney is a vibrant international hub as well as a gateway between East and West," said 2013-14 Rotary International President Ron D. Burton.

"It is the perfect venue for our convention as we celebrate and share the many ways our members have found to use the resources of Rotary to improve the lives of families worldwide."

Organised by Rotary International in conjunction with the Sydney Host Organizing Committee of local Rotary leaders, with significant support from the New South Wales Government, the convention also will provide registrants with ample opportunities to savor Sydney’s myriad of attractions, including an Australian Rules football match, a restaurant night and fireworks display, an authentic Aussie BBQ, and a performance of the Sydney Symphony Orchestra.

NSW Premier Barry O’Farrell said Rotary clubs and volunteers around the world provide outstanding service to the community and Sydney is proud to host the 2014 Rotary International Convention.

"Sydney is the major events capital of the Asia Pacific and this event provides us with another fantastic opportunity to showcase our harbour city to the thousands of Rotary delegates travelling here from around the world.

"This event will inject an estimated $60.5 million into the NSW economy, which is great news for local businesses and workers in the tourism and hospitality sectors.

"I encourage all of the Rotary delegates attending next year’s conference to take the opportunity to explore Sydney and regional NSW during their visit."

Image: (Left to Right) NSW Premier Barry O'Farrell, Jetta Burton, Rotary International President Ron Burton  |  Photographer: Mark Wallace

Published 11th October, 2013