Brisbane secures two US based conventions bringing 8,000 delegates


Two large-scale US based conventions will be held at the Brisbane Convention & Exhibition Centre (BCEC) attracting more than 8,000 delegates.

The Convention of Zonta International 2024 and Baptist World Congress 2025 are expected to deliver $35 million in economic contribution to the Queensland economy and 58,000 room nights.

Zonta International 2024 follows on from the successful hosting of the Australia & New Zealand Zonta Centennial Convention at BCEC in 2021, which attracted 900 delegates from across the region. Zonta International has more than 1,100 clubs with over 27,000 members in 64 countries.

Organisers of the Baptist World Congress are expecting more than 6,000 delegates to attend the Brisbane event, with more than 5,000 of those coming from overseas.

BCEC general manager Bob O’Keeffe said securing two such high-profile, first-time international events for Brisbane was further indication of a strong Queensland’s economic recovery.

“These are but two of 77 conventions confirmed for BCEC during 2021, ensuring a strong pipeline of business events into the future for Brisbane and Queensland and boosting the city’s appeal as a destination leading into the Brisbane 2032 Olympics,” he said.

Brisbane Convention & Exhibition Centre partnered with Tourism AustraliaTourism & Events Queensland and the Brisbane Economic Development Agency to secure these first-time events for Brisbane and Queensland.