Brisbane at a glance

17th Feb, 2017

Brisbane is renowned as a hub for innovation and industry leadership, excelling in sectors including health sciences, environmental sustainability, energy and resources, food and agribusiness and advanced manufacturing. It’s home to three of Australia’s top universities, Australia’s largest medical research institute, and the nation’s first Ecosciences Precinct.


Brisbane has a proven track record for successfully attracting and delivering large-scale events such as:

·       G20 World Leaders Summit 2014

·       Royal College of Obstetricians and Gynaecologist (RCOG) World Congress 2015

·       International Congress for Tropical Medicine and Malaria 2016

·       World Congress of Political Science - IPSA 2018

·       26th World Mining Congress (WMC) 2021


As it enters its third decade delivering international business events, the world-class reputation of Brisbane Convention & Exhibition Centre (BCEC) has been independently confirmed — in 2016 it was named the World’s Best Convention Centre at the Annual General Assembly of the International Association of Congress Centres in Nantes, France.

The awards are an international benchmark for industry excellence, determined by client evaluations and independently assessed by global market research organisation, Ipsos.

According to Alison Gardiner, BCEC Director of Sales, “It immediately conveys the superior quality and experience we offer. To be the World’s Best Convention Centre — particularly when it is such a stringent award based on client feedback — it really speaks to a level of outstanding excellence.

This latest accolade adds to the 160 industry awards already received by BCEC, and recognition for hosting the ‘best ever’ G20 Summit. Alison Gardiner, said their consistent success comes down to three main factors.

One is our experience. We have been doing this for a long time and have seen almost every kind of event, from an Equitana through to the G20, from 8,000 packed plenaries down to small corporate lunches. I think the second thing is our staff have been with us for a long time, so we have this wonderful combination of experience and corporate memory. And I think the third factor is that we have a culture of constant innovation. This is the magic trifecta.

In keeping with this innovative approach, BCEC has just launched the Nourish Mentality menu for health conscious delegates, and in an Australian and Asia-Pacific first, BCEC is establishing a dedicated kitchen for all special dietary meals, including cultural, medical and lifestyle.

BCEC Executive Chef, Martin Latter said, “With 20 per cent to 30 per cent of all meals now the subject of dietary requests, it is a growing trend and a challenge for venue catering. We’re establishing a dedicated dietary kitchen, which will be the first in an Australian convention centre, with the help of our consultant nutritionist where all meals will be tested and validated.


·       Exhibition space: 20,000sqm (215,000 sqft)

·       Meeting Rooms: 44

·       Three tiered auditoria for 4,000, 600 and 400

·       Can accommodate five concurrent conferences

[break out box]With Australia’s proven track record of successfully delivering events, and reputation as a place offering innovative people, award winning convention and exhibition centres, unique wildlife, beautiful landscapes, and excellent cuisine and wine, it’s no wonder that the appetite for Australia as a leading business events destination continues to grow.

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