Brisbane Convention & Exhibition Centre (BCEC) has experienced one of its busiest periods on record in an exceptional lead-up to the G20 Leaders Summit.
August and September saw the Centre welcome 223 events including 35 conventions delivering 15,000 delegates to Brisbane with an economic boost to the city of $39 million for the two month period.
The Centre saw a 22% increase in the number of conventions held compared to the same period last year, continuing the trend of the number of conventions doubling over the past five years.
Back to back major international conferences, the 29th International Horticultural Congress – the world Olympics of horticulture and the 17th World Congress of the International Association of Applied Linguistics (AILA) 2014 led a strong line-up of 115 conferences hosted by BCEC this calendar year.
International experts in the fields of medicine, science, biophysics, energy, linguistics, politics, business and agriculture were among the 15,000 delegates who converged on the Centre during the two months of a very busy G20 year.
BCEC General Manager, Bob O’Keeffe said there has been increased interest in the Centre because of the G20 and he expects that momentum to build.
“The G20 is a catalyst to build on our already strong track record of hosting international scientific, technology and business events and the heightened awareness of Brisbane and its scientific and research credentials will help attract these key sector conferences.”
After hosting 171 advance visits relating to G20, the bump-in for what is the most significant event the like of which Australia, Brisbane and the Centre will not see again in a lifetime has begun in earnest.
100 km of cabling, 700 BCEC staff, 100,000 meals and 25,000 kilos of meat, poultry and vegetables are just a few of the facts and figures relating to this event while hundreds of contractors have converged on the Centre – the culmination of two and a half years of meetings, site inspections and preparations.
This week Bob his management team and staff welcomed the G20 Task Force to the Centre to commence operational preparations for what is the largest event ever hosted by the Centre in complexity and scale.
“This event is both exciting and challenging and a great opportunity for global recognition of Brisbane as an international business destination and for us to showcase the world class facilities and expertise of BCEC.”