Sydney to host global space conference

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The world's largest space forum will be held in Sydney in 2025, attracting thousands of visitors and bringing millions of dollars in tourism to the state.

The International Astronautical Congress will bring together academics, space industry professionals and space organisations to improve the global cosmic agenda.

Sydney beat Bangkok, Beijing and Istanbul to secure the coveted 2025 hosting rights.

Investment NSW chief executive Katie Knight said the win was evidence of NSW's "rapidly growing standing" on the world space stage.

"Our state already generates up to 75 per cent of Australia's space-related revenue and 41 per cent of the country's space businesses are based in NSW," she said in a statement.

"We couldn't be more thrilled."

The successful bid was backed the Australian Space Agency, the Space Industry Association of Australia and Business Events Sydney.

Australian Space Agency head Enrico Palermo said the event would put Australia front and centre of international space conversations.

"Hosting thousands of the most important players from the global space community will give us a unique chance to show how far Australia has advanced as a space-faring nation - creating opportunities for industry and inspiring a new generation of Aussies," he said.

Adelaide hosted the forum in 2017, the year the Australian Space Agency was created.