This year's Victorian Invitation Program (VIP) welcomed 150 delegates from across the globe, including several recent business migrants now located in Victoria.

VIP's annual showcase is a multi-event and multi-sector inbound trade mission designed to bring qualified decision-makers and key influencers in trade and investment to the state to generate business outcomes for Victorian businesses.

Hosting nine separate international delegations, including a number of visiting journalists, a broad range of sectors were represented at VIP 2018, such as aged care, beverages, the creative industries, international education, liveability (waste and water management), medical technologies and pharmaceuticals, retail and eCommerce, sports technologies, and the visitor economy.

Bringing together influential leaders and decision makers, VIP 2018 saw over 500 Victorian businesses and allies engage with the visiting delegates at business networking activities, including industry roundtable events, site visits, one-on-one meetings and business receptions.

Video: Victorian Invitation Program - Fashion Week 2018

International delegates also participated in other networking and cultural activities programmed as part of the Virgin Australia Melbourne International Fashion Festival (VAMFF), Melbourne Food & Wine Festival, Melbourne Design Week, the 2018 Formula 1 Australian Grand Prix, and the hallmark international business dinner at the National Gallery of Victoria, which also included a private viewing of the Kusama, Nendo and Guo Pei exhibits at the NGV Triennial.

Video: Victorian Invitation Program - Victorian Craft Beer Brewers

VIP 2018 welcomed delegates from markets as diverse as Brazil, Canada, Chile, France, Hong Kong, India, Indonesia, Israel, Japan, Malaysia, Mexico, Singapore, Taiwan, UAE and the USA, plus several recent business migrants now located here in Victoria also participated.