Up to 40,000 visitors from around Australia and overseas are expected to attend the 2015 Brisbane Truck Show which opened on Thursday at the Brisbane Convention Exhibition Centre (BCEC).
Over $100 million worth of product in a dazzling showcase of the very latest in trucks, trailers, tankers and vehicle safety, transport equipment and technology, will delight visitors to the four day show.
The Brisbane Truck Show, organised by the Commercial Vehicle Industry Association of Queensland (CVIAQ) is the largest automotive show in Australia and is considered in the same high regard as Germany’s world famous Hanover Truck Show.
The third Brisbane Truck Show to be held at BCEC is at capacity, with a waiting list for exhibitors, taking up the entire Merivale Street venue occupying 35,500 sq metres of space, with 19 associated events occurring in and around the show throughout the entire Centre.
The biennial show delivers significant economic benefits injecting additional expenditure of $64 million into the Queensland economy and generating the equivalent of 261 full time employment positions.
Brisbane Convention & Exhibition Centre General Manager, Bob O’Keeffe said the Truck show was an important and exciting highlight on the Brisbane events calendar. “The size, scale and impact of this show is remarkable. It has enormous appeal and value to the local economy with 65% of visitors coming from outside of Brisbane, with 33% of those from interstate and overseas.”
It was announced at the official opening breakfast that the Show will remain at the Brisbane Convention & Exhibition Centre until 2021 with BCEC’s Bob O’Keeffe and CVIAQ President Bob Martin and CEO Brett Wright officially signing the three show contract. The signing was witnessed by Queensland Deputy Premier and Minister for Transport Jackie Trad.
“We are thrilled to be the home of the Brisbane Truck Show into the future and we look forward to working with the CVIAQ to continue to deliver this premier industry event for Queensland,” Bob O’Keeffe said.
Truck Show Manager, Noelene Bradley said she was overwhelmed by the level of industry support and enthusiasm on the part of exhibitors. “The quality and content of this show is outstanding.” As Show Manager, she said she was particularly proud of a number of new initiatives and features at this year’s Show including an inaugural “Health Tune-Up Centre” where visitors and industry members can participate in free health checks and receive free advice on health and lifestyle issues.”
The show also focuses strongly on education and training with a record participation by schools and education staff from Brisbane and surrounds including the Scenic Rim, Lockyer Valley, Logan and Pine Rivers and the popular Apprentice Challenge Competition in a demonstration of career skills and expertise.
The Brisbane Truck Show which is strongly supported by key industry and government stakeholders is Australia’s premier business event for the industry driving hundreds of millions of dollars in sales and promoting the industry.