Land Forces 2016 takes over entire Adelaide Convention Centre
The biennial event took over the entire Centre with the bump-in of the largest exhibition ever held at the venue requiring 155 semi-trailers and trucks to deliver the state-of-the-art land warfare exhibits and technologies.
More than 500 exhibitors from 23 countries were represented at the international trade exhibition which occupied the Centre’s entire ground floor and foyers.
Eleven conferences and seminars were held at the Centre as part of Land Forces including the Future Land Force Conference, Land and Environment Working Group Symposium and specialist seminars and symposia attracting more than 1000 delegates.
Adelaide Convention Centre chief executive Alec Gilbert said Land Forces 2016 had provided an opportunity to demonstrate the full capabilities of the currently expanded Convention Centre.
“Detailed planning and a close on-the-ground partnership with the event’s production manager ensured the event ran smoothly,” he said.
“Land Forces was a strategically important event for the Centre and South Australia as it provided a chance to showcase the State’s defence industry and capabilities to the world and build valuable networks with global industry leaders.”
Land Forces 2016 head of production Jane Blackett said the Adelaide Convention Centre did an amazing job hosting Land Forces 2016.
“We constantly pushed and tested the Centre and they responded by exceeding expectations with their expertise and personal, unflustered client service,” said Blackett.
“For us, being able to take over the whole venue gave us a significant advantage, both from a security and logistics perspective.
“It gave us the ability to link the exhibition space out into the foyers and connect many facets of the show and have a single security entrance straight into the event.
“The global Chiefs of Army were able to meet within a highly secure dedicated floor within the Centre without disruption, while the exhibition and conferences took place above.”
Adelaide has now been shortlisted as the destination for Land Forces 2018 with a decision due shortly.