Conference information

The 55th Council Session of the International Sugar Organization (ISO) Council Meeting and one-day Conference Cairns, Queensland, Australia.

Dates:  16 – 19 July 2019
Venue:  Pullman Cairns International Hotel, Cairns, Australia
The Meetings and Conference will feature:
Tues 16 July
Full day industry tour
Welcome Reception in the early evening
Wed 17 July
Full day Conference
Morning and Afternoon refreshment breaks
Gala Dinner
Thur 18 July
ISO MECAS Meetings – Market Evaluation, Consumption and Statistics
ISO Council Meetings (ISO Members only)
Fri 19 July
ISO Council Meetings (ISO Members only)
Lunch and farewells

We recommend all delegates take out their own travel and cancellation insurance, and extend their insurance policy to cover personal accident, health issues, possessions, theft, loss of belongings and cancellation of bookings, flights or accommodation.  The organisers accept no liability for these matters


The official language of the conference is English. Simultaneous translation services will be provided for French, Russian and Spanish by professional interpreters.


Complimentary airport transfers from Cairns Airport are NOT available.

Taxis are available from Cairns Airport to Pullman Cairns International Hotel for about AUD $25.

You can choose to share a taxi with others on your flight.  That way, you can share the cost of the taxi.

Airport Shuttle
An airport shuttle meets most flights and will take passengers to the Pullman Cairns International Hotel or other hotels in the city.

Please reserve your seat on the shuttle in advance.  Please book online

A timetable at this website shows set regular shuttle departure times (mostly 1 hour intervals) from Cairns Airport for Cairns CBD. Cost is AUD $15 per person.  You will need to know your arrival time at Cairns Airport to reserve your seat on the shuttle.


For further information or questions, please contact:

Ms Jann George
Conference Manager

Telephone: +61 7 5493 5439
Cell phone: +61 417 780 670

 ISO Members can contact ISO Secretariat, Catherine Roussière:
or Birgit Myrie:

We warmly invite all ISO Member countries to send delegates to the Australian Meetings. There is no registration cost for ISO Member Delegates.

We also warmly invite Australian and international sugar sector attendees to take part in the event, especially the industry tour, the one-day Conference and social events.

Our priority is to have an audience of those people most involved in the industry who will benefit from, and contribute to, the event through discussions, interactions, sharing ideas and opinions and networking.

REGISTRATIONS – please visit our Registration Page
  • ISO Members please click here to register
    Your registration includes sugar industry tour, full-day Conference, Welcome Reception, Gala Dinner, and all ISO MECAS and Council Meetings.
  • Non-ISO Members from any sugar industry or related sectors
    please click here to register
    Registration fee:  AUD 599
    Your registration includes sugar industry tour, full-day Conference, Welcome Reception, Gala Dinner, and access as an observer to the Market Evaluation, Consumption and Statistics Committee (MECAS) Session Meetings.
  • Accommodation is not included in any registration.
    Please book your accommodation
     separately on the Accommodation Page on this website.

We strongly encourage all attendees to book accommodation as soon as possible. We offer a limited number of rooms at special rates which include breakfast and wi-fi at the conference venue, the Pullman Cairns International Hotel.


For catering, name badge and other logistical reasons, we ask that you register by 30 June 2019 at the latest.   

Cancellations can be made at any time up to 30 June 2019.  After that date, 30 June 2019, cancellations cannot be accepted.  If necessary, another delegate can replace a registered delegate from the same country or organisation provided the Conference Manager is notified of full details in writing by 30 June 2019.

Cancellation of your accommodation bookings must be made directly with the Pullman Cairns International Hotel and is subject to that venue’s cancellation policy.  This applies to any other accommodation in Cairns.


The names and organisation of all delegates will be distributed at the conference as part of the normal conference materials.