More than 90 people attended a gala event last night at Home of The Arts (HOTA) to acknowledge 19 of the Gold Coast’s industry leaders and innovators that make up the business events ambassador program BE Connected Gold Coast.
Among the Ambassadors, six received distinguished awards for their contributions, commitment and support for business events including Associate Professor Dr Hal Rice, Associate Professor Dr Laetitia de Villiers, Dr Dinesh Palipana, Dr Ezekiel Tan, Professor Emeritus Ljubo Vlacic and Professor Mark von Itzstein.
“While all our Ambassadors contribute and go above and beyond, there are a few this year that made some truly remarkable contributions to business events and this city that need to be acknowledged,” said Experience Gold Coast Acting CEO Rachel Hancock.
Upcoming conferences secured as a result of BE Connected Gold Coast Ambassadors include the Asian Pacific Conference on International Accounting Issues (Professor Keitha Dunstan) and International Communication Association Conference (Professor Terry Flew).
Experience Gold Coast’s Head of Business Events Brooke Campbell said leading a bid for a conference can take up to 10 years of work and collaboration.
“That’s commitment for people who are practicing surgeons, executives, business-owners, teachers, entrepreneurs, scientists, and researchers, let alone still having time for their families,” she said.
“These champions in the room last night are critical to winning conferences and this is why we honour all these amazing, committed volunteers.”
The organisation has so far confirmed 90 business events through to 2030 worth $174 million plus an additional 132 events in the pipeline worth $201 million in economic impact.
“On behalf of the city, I thank all our BE Connected Ambassadors who are helping to attract more meetings and conferences to the best business events destination, the magical Gold Coast,” said Mayor Tom Tate, Patron of BE Connected Gold Coast.