Brisbane Convention & Exhibition Centre (BCEC) secured 77 new conventions during 2021, signalling a return to pre-pandemic levels of activity.
The events will deliver an anticipated 50,000 delegates to Brisbane generating 245,000 room nights to the city’s hotels with flow-on benefits to local businesses across the hospitality and tourism sectors.
The world’s leading experts in Population Research will be among those heading to Brisbane to attend the International Population Conference in 2025, the first time in the event’s 93-year history that it has been held in Australia.
Among the newly confirmed conferences are several large-scale events including three events set to deliver 2,000 delegates to Brisbane, one forecasting more than 8,000 and one with 5,000 delegates all heading for Queensland and Brisbane over the next three years.
The Centre’s long-term partnerships and collaboration with Brisbane’s science and research communities through its Convention Advocates Partnership is an influencing factor in attracting high calibre scientific meetings to Brisbane.
BCEC general manager Bob O’Keeffe said the Centre expects more than 800 events through to the end of 2022.
“It is proven that business events have wide and enduring benefits associated with knowledge transfer and international collaboration, and everyone wants to regain that,” he said.
O’Keeffe believes that interest in Australia will only be amplified in future with the Brisbane 2032 Olympic and Paralympic Games further enhancing awareness.
“Brisbane’s infrastructure development has already begun, and with the boost of further investment as part of the official Olympic Infrastructure program, Brisbane and the Centre’s appeal as a business events destination is expected to skyrocket,” he said.