World Markets Congress 2017

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There’s nothing like Australia

With spectacular destinations, unique experiences, an innovative culture and world-class business facilities, Australia is a welcoming and inspiring destination for the 31st Congress of the World Union of Wholesale Markets during October, 2017.

The core Congress program will be hosted by Melbourne between 23 and 25 October, with an option to extend the Congress program for an extra day in Sydney on 27 October 2017.

Registrations are open

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Markets are evolving to maintain their relevance in a rapidly changing world. The way things were done in the past is unlikely to be the way of doing things in the future. The 2017 Congress these will focus on the impact of technology will have on the Market’s role in the supply chain and the customer experience.
Some of the concepts the Congress will explore are:

  • Redevelop or renew – learnings from the Melbourne Market and Queen Victoria Market;
  • The digital revolution – its impact on markets and its impact on both customer experience and customer expectations;
  • Leadership through rapidly changing times and staying ahead of the game; and
  • Sustaining small businesses.

Congress Program


Mon PM
Congress registration / half day Board meeting
Mon evening
Welcome cocktail function
Tue AM
Melbourne Market tour & Queen Victoria Market Tour
Tue PM
Congress Plenary sessions
Wed AM
Congress Plenary Sessions
Wed PM
WUWM membership meeting
Wed evening
Congress banquet


Commute to Sydney
Fri AM
Sydney Markets tour (Flemington)
Fri PM
Sydney Markets tour (Haymarket)
Fri evening
Sydney Harbour Cruise cocktail function

Melbourne: A city of constant discovery

With its ease of navigating, temperate climate and pure quality of life, Melbourne is an ideal destination. Around every corner and in the city’s labyrinth of laneways, it’s alive with eclectic culture and truly unique experiences.

Home to monumental historic and modern architecture, an abundance of open green spaces, a wealth of attractions, and a sophisticated food and wine scene, making Melbourne a haven for exploration.

One city, two great markets

In August 2015, the Melbourne Market completed a once in a generation move to a new purpose built USD410m facility on 70 hectares, and the outcome is spectacular. Through consultation and international benchmarking, the world’s newest wholesale market – the Melbourne Market – is world class both in design and operations.

Underpinning the new Market is the objectives of allowing businesses to conduct their tasks easier, safer and with the ability to manage costs more appropriately.

The Queen Victoria Market is Australia’s largest retail market precinct. Its journey of renewal is just beginning, on a massive scale. The City of Melbourne is making the largest investment in its history to transform the Queen Victoria Market into a world class market precinct for traders and customers alike. Over the next five years, up to USD190m will be spent restoring and renewing the Queen Victoria Market, with better facilities and new public open spaces at its heart. The market will remain open for business throughout the entire renewal program, with works being staged to minimise business disruption where possible.

Both markets will share exciting new initiatives around sustainability and smart technology with delegates of the WUWM Congress 2017.

Have time to extend your stay?

Then visit Sydney, one of the world’s most loved cities. Its lively and vibrant buzz makes Sydney the ultimate destination
– from world-class dining, shows and entertainment, to sightseeing and great walks or fun in the sand at one of Sydney’s idyllic beaches.

Sydney Markets is recognised internationally for its world-class fresh produce and community markets. Several days per week, Sydney Markets transforms from a wholesale market into a bustling retail market. Sydney Markets has pioneered techniques to enable this safe and rapid transformation to effectively maximise return on their assets. Watch it unfold before your eyes as part of the technical tour.

Flights to Australia

  • From Asia: 223 flights per week
  • From Middle East & India: 32 flights per week
  • From New Zealand: 111 flights per week
  • From Pacific and North America: 37 flights per week


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