Brisbane’s meetings and events industry is booming in 2013, as it prepares to take the world stage.
The city’s reputation as a world-class destination for business events was endorsed by the announcement it would host the G20 Leaders Summit in 2014.
Brisbane will host up to 4000 delegates and 3000 domestic and international media at the Brisbane Convention & Exhibition Centre on November 15-16, 2014 during the G20 Leaders Summit which is the world’s premier forum for global economic cooperation and decision-making.
The Summit will bring together leaders and finance ministers from countries which account for more than 85 per cent of global economic output.
Joining the international leaders will be key officials from the United Nations, the World Bank, the World Trade Organisation and the International Monetary Fund.
Brisbane Convention Bureau Director Annabel Sullivan said the G20 Leaders Summit 2014 was one of many recent successes for Brisbane, demonstrating the city’s emergence as a diverse and energised global city and a leading destination for conferences and business events.
“Brisbane has rapidly grown in status as a destination of choice for international business events, and the fact that our city will host the G20 Leaders Summit in 2014 is a ringing endorsement of the state-of-the-art venues and event services on offer in Australia’s new world city,” she said.
Brisbane will also unveil millions of dollars of new infrastructure in 2013, including the opening in March of the $59 million Royal International Convention Centre (RICC), Brisbane’s new conventions venue.
In addition, the Brisbane Convention & Exhibition Centre is now fully operational with its new $140 million Grey St expansion, a 25,000 square metre addition.
And after much anticipation, the newly refurbished Brisbane City Hall will also open in April after a three year, $215 million restoration, catering for up to 1600 guests.
Rydges South Bank has also unveiled its new $12m Podium Level incorporating five new functions spaces and the highly anticipated pool, bar and restaurant concept called BACCHUS.
Many of Brisbane’s hotels including the Hilton Brisbane, Sofitel, Brisbane Marriott and Novotel have also spent tens of millions of dollars upgrading their facilities.
“All of these projects position Brisbane strongly in growing its national and international conventions business and continuing our reputation as Australia’s new world city,” Sullivan said.
A series of high profile conferences recently held in Brisbane reflect the city’s growing capacity to host large numbers of people attending international conferences.
In 2012, the 34th annual International Geological Congress, held at the Brisbane Convention & Exhibition Centre, attracted nearly 6000 delegates.
“Brisbane’s ability to accommodate business events of this calibre is a reflection of the city’s unprecedented growth across the board,” Sullivan said.
The city’s economy is building strongly and is currently worth $114 billion and expected to reach $215 billion (AUD) by 2031.
Brisbane was also recently ranked in the top seven most liveable cities in the world at the prestigious Lee Kuan Yew
World City Prize, making it a great destination for business events and conferences.
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