BCEC’s podium finish at AIPC convention centre awards

Brisbane Convention & Exhibition Centre (BCEC) continues to stay at the top of world rankings after being voted runner-up in the latest International Association of Congress Centres (AIPC) awards.

A previous winner of the AIPC APEX Award, the latest survey found that eight in 10 clients rated their overall experience with Brisbane Convention & Exhibition Centre as ‘excellent’.

BCEC general manager Bob O’Keeffe described the award as an international benchmark for industry excellence and something the Centre strived for each and every day.

“We would like to acknowledge our many loyal and long-term clients, and those who have steadfastly supported us through these past months during our recovery phase,” he said.

“This award is also recognition of the Centre’s dedicated and passionate team, and a true reflection of the Centre’s strong customer experience focus.”

Queensland Premier Annastacia Palaszczuk said BCEC would play an important role in the city’s economic recovery.

“Queensland’s reputation as a world class destination for major events is one reason our bid for the 2032 Olympic Games was so successful,” she said.

“The quality of our venues like Brisbane Convention & Exhibition Centre is a strong selling point for Queensland.

“And thanks to the way Queenslanders have responded to the pandemic, we’re seeing our economy recover more quickly than other states.

“Brisbane Convention & Exhibition Centre has done a great job hosting COVID safe events throughout the pandemic. This recognition is well deserved.”

BCEC is now actively supporting the COVID-19 vaccine rollout by Queensland Health, acting as a mass vaccination hub.

One of the Centre’s 5,000sqm Exhibition Halls is now the state’s largest community vaccination location, set up to deliver 3,000 vaccinations daily, seven days week.

O’Keeffe said the Centre welcomed the opportunity to assist the vaccine rollout for Brisbane.

“This is Queensland’s road to recovery from COVID-19 and we will continue to support the Queensland Government in any way we can,” he said.