Cairns Convention Centre to welcome back conferences from next week

Cairns MP Michael Healy, Convention Centre General Manager Janet Hamilton and Minister Mick de Brenni unveil the 2021 events calendar.

The newly refurbished Cairns Convention Centre will reopen its doors next week with its first conference set for May 12.

The 14th Australian Banana Industry Conference will signal the return of conferences to the venue next week, followed by the Soil Science Conference (June 28 – July 2); Australasian College for Emergency Medicine Winter Symposium (July 26-30); Institute of Public Works Engineering – Qld Division Conference (October 12-14); The Australian and New Zealand Metabolic and Obesity Surgery Society Conference (October 27-29); and Society of Cardiothoracic Surgeons Workshop (October 9-14).

“The launch of ASM Global’s events calendar today confirms the Palaszczuk Government’s $176 million investment will continue to deliver for the Far North,” Assistant Minister for Tourism Industry Development and Member for Cairns Michael Healy said.

“We’re just a week away from rolling out the red carpet and welcoming back functions, conferences, events and entertainment, and if the current bookings are anything to go by, Cairns is still very much a destination of choice.”

Cairns Convention Centre’s general manager Janet Hamilton said staff are “busy preparing the Centre to host events again”.

“The Centre’s building management systems, security systems and air conditioners are being checked and tested ahead of our first events,” she said.

“The refurbishment has seen the Centre upgrade its IT and AV equipment, and the teams have begun training and testing these new systems.

“With Covid causing the postponement of some events, we still have an exciting calendar for 2021, and 2022 is looking strong.”

Minister for Public Works and Procurement Mick de Brenni said completion of refurbishment works “is a significant milestone” with the next stage of expansion works continuing until mid-2022.

“With the local Convention Centre team back in and putting their new state-of-the-art systems through their paces, our firm focus on local jobs will continue throughout the Centre’s 10,500 square-metre expansion phase,” he said.