EVENT: G20 Leaders’ Summit
CLIENT: Department of the Prime Minister and Cabinet
DATES: 15-16 November 2014
Largely acknowledged as the ‘friendliest’ and ‘best’ in G20 Summit history, world leaders and their delegations alike experienced the product of months of intense event planning and production. The team behind the design, project management and supply of the venue fit out works, GL events ExpoNet, provides an insight into the production of this world class event.
Identified as the Australian event industry’s most notable government event in 2014, the Group of Twenty (G20) Leaders’ Summit was hosted by the Department of the Prime Minister and Cabinet.
The event was attended by world leaders, their delegations, other international organisations including the United Nations, World Bank, World Trade Organisation, as well as over 2500 international and national media representatives. Among the world leaders were USA President Barack Obama, Russia’s President Vladimir Putin, Germany’s Chancellor Angela Merkel and UK Prime Minister David Cameron.
Held in Brisbane in November, the objective of the Summit was primarily to provide a forum for leaders to discuss global economic issues and the Australian contingent led by Prime Minister Tony Abbott set a strong focus on driving economic growth for Australia.
Chosen for World Leaders – GL events ExpoNet – Principal Contractor
The principal contractor – a joint venture, GL events ExpoNet, was appointed as the official venue fit out supplier to the G20 Leaders’ Summit. Following months of related business meetings in the lead up, the G20 Summit culminated in a meeting of world leaders in Brisbane across a wide scope of venues including the Brisbane Convention and Exhibition Centre (BCEC), several city hotels, Brisbane Airport, Parliament House, offsite dinner locations and outdoor areas of Brisbane city.
The expert team at GL events ExpoNet provided project management and the full gamut of event equipment including furniture, signage, custom constructed features, staging equipment, production, outdoor facilities and audiovisual requirements.
Part of the complex scope featured audiovisual production, the provision of furniture, décor and overall event area design for the leaders’ formal dinner held at the Queensland Art Gallery.
By far the most significant portion of the venue fit out works was the temporary overlay of the BCEC. The team designed, constructed and provided infrastructure for multiple areas of the venue, such as the international media centre, the bilateral meeting rooms, the leaders’ area and the welcome to country presentation area.
G20 Essential Stats
- It was Australia’s largest, highest impact, global business event.
- 27 global leaders and their delegations attended.
- 7 heads of international bodies such as the United Nations and the World Bank attended.
- 800 items were on the G20 meeting agenda.
- Fit out works included the international media centre used by 2500 international and local media representatives
- The international media centre was the size of two football fields.
- 120,000m2 of BCEC venue meeting space was utilised by the event.
- The event move in took 22 days.
- The event will contribute an estimated $100 million economic benefit to Brisbane.
From ExpoNet’s Managing Director
“The G20 Leaders’ Summit was unique in terms of scope and complexity. We were excited to have been given the opportunity to deliver world class event solutions for this high profile event. GL events ExpoNet specialises in providing major events project management, design, styling and delivery of state-of-the-art fit out equipment. Our talented team of project managers, innovative designers and logistic experts from both organisations utilised their experience from servicing events such as the London Olympics, Sydney Olympics, previous G20 Summits and other major national events to deliver this global economic forum in Brisbane recently.” Jim Delahunty, Managing Director, ExpoNet