Brisbane Convention Bureau secures 61 conferences in 12 months
The Brisbane Convention Bureau won 61 future national and international conferences in the 2016/17 financial year, by partnering with venues, institutions, industry and government.
Lord Mayor Graham Quirk said business events play a critical role in Brisbane’s economy.
“Hosting conferences allows us to showcase our new world city expertise and can cultivate future knowledge exchange, partnerships and investment,” he said.
“The conferences won in the financial year are expected to attract almost 32,000 delegates who will spend more than 118,980 days in Brisbane, supporting our city’s venues, hotels, restaurants, retailers and service providers to the tune of $70 million in economic impact.”
Upcoming conferences include Horticulture Connections 2018, SIGGRAPH Asia 2019, the World Mining Congress 2021, and the World Down Syndrome Congress 2022. Incentive events include Herbalife’s 2017 Future President’s Team Retreat and Tourism Australia’s international showcase Dreamtime 2017.
Brisbane Convention Bureau acting general manager Juliet Alabaster said the bureau secured an additional $13 million worth of conferences and business events compared to the previous financial year.
“This success is testament to the bureau’s engagement with local institutions, industry, venues, hotels and service providers to ensure conference organisers and delegates access local expertise and experience the best of our new world city,” she said.
“Brisbane’s reputation for leading medical research and talent continues to draw conferences to the city. Events are also strongly represented across the creative industries, professional services and education, while our profile as an incentive destination is growing.”