BCEC bookings strong with continued support from the Qld Government
More than 20,000 delegates from around Australia and across the globe will generate an additional $30 million in economic benefit as a result of the efforts of the Centre’s conventions team over the past three months.
BCEC continues to outperform its competitors in the national market with a 32.3 per cent increase in the number of national conferences confirmed for Brisbane compared to the same period last year.
“Business tourism is a major growth area for Queensland and Brisbane Convention & Exhibition Centre has been an important part of that success,” said Queensland Tourism and Major Events Minister Kate Jones.
“The Convention Centre is to be commended for its great work in luring to Brisbane some of the world’s foremost experts across a broad range of fields. This industry has boomed under the Palaszczuk Government and if re-elected, we will deliver $134 million in funding for Queensland tourism with an eye to building on the state’s share in the business tourism market.”
BCEC general manager Bob O’Keeffe said the Centre’s long term partnerships and close collaboration with Brisbane’s research, scientific and business communities through its Convention Advocates Partnership play a significant factor in attracting these high calibre scientific meetings to Brisbane.
“The economic, knowledge sharing and investment and tourism benefits of hosting such events represent enormous value to our city and the state well into the future,” he said.
O’Keeffe said he was confident the increased growth in conventions would continue with the support of the State Government. BCEC is holding 1327 forward bookings of which 411 are conventions – a 15 per cent increase in numbers over the same period last year.