‘Cautious optimism’ as Brisbane secures major international conference for 2025

Brisbane has secured the Asia Pacific Congress on Computational Mechanics (APCOM) in 2025, winning against strong competition from Hong Kong and South Korea.

The Brisbane Convention & Exhibition Centre (BCEC) collaborated with the Queensland University of Technology (QUT), supported by Tourism & Events Queensland and Brisbane Economic Development Agency (Brisbane EDA) to secure the event for Brisbane.

Congress Chair, Professor YuanTong Gu, Head of School, Mechanical, Medical & Process Engineering at QUT, said Brisbane’s worldwide reputation as a leader in science and technology was a key factor in the city’s selection to host the Congress.

“The strong support of the Australian Association for Computational Mechanics as well as from the Queensland Government, BCEC, Brisbane EDA, and QUT was critical to the success of the bid,” he said.

Brisbane Convention & Exhibition Centre and Brisbane have secured 17 international meetings in the past 12 months across health, science, technology, agriculture, mining and social welfare, which are expected to deliver 20,000 delegates to Brisbane.

The team at BCEC recently confirmed two large international bid wins expected to attract 8,000 and 2,000 delegates respectively, offering some much-needed optimism for the industry.

Brisbane Convention & Exhibition Centre general manager Bob O’Keeffe said the recent bid win activity was encouraging and an expression of guarded confidence about Australia from the international market.

‘‘On the home front, we are also witnessing an upswing in general enquiries and bookings,” he said.

“We are cautiously optimistic that the industry is in the early stages of a post-Covid recovery and BCEC is one of the best placed venues in the country to take advantage of the improving business environment.”