Cairns Convention Centre reopens after $176m expansion


Cairns Convention Centre has completed the final stage of its $176 million refurbishment and redevelopment adding 10,500sqm of extra meeting, banquet and exhibition space over four levels.

The ASM Global operated Centre will now be able to host multiple events at once or larger conferences requiring multiple break out spaces.

The revamped Centre now features an exhibition area with space for 30 booths; a 450-seat theatre-style Plenary lecture space that can be divided into two; three large meeting rooms that be configured into multiple sizes; the 500-capacity Trinity Room; and new Outdoor terrace and lobby for pre-dinner functions.


“The expansion will enhance Cairns’ standing as a world leader in hosting business events,” said ASM Global (Asia Pacific) chairman and chief executive Harvey Lister.

“Cairns Convention Centre is on track to host 160 events this financial year, including 60 conferences bringing more than 35,000 delegates to Cairns, delivering a visitor spend of over $100 million into the region.”

Cairns Convention Centre general manager Janet Hamilton said the refurbished and expanded centre was poised to welcome event organisers and delegates from across Australia and the world.


“We are already receiving such positive reactions to the new spaces with clients impressed with the new contemporary design and light filled areas with our lush tropical rainforest in the background,” Hamilton said.

“We sit at the heart of one of the world’s most beautiful destinations and great care and consideration was taken to bringing the natural environment into the Centre’s spaces. From our lush tropical entry and open spaces with floor to ceiling windows, to our stunning Trinity banquet room and Terrace with views across the inlet, the Centre showcases Cairns’ natural assets.”


Premier Annastacia Palaszczuk said the new-look Cairns Convention Centre will attract world-class events to the region.

“Already, a number of events have been confirmed including our very own Destination Q and Queensland Tourism Awards in November,” she said.

“Our government is proud to have supported this project which will help the region to thrive towards a brighter future.”