Delegates the winners in Brisbane’s $14bn transformation


Like many convention centres, Brisbane Convention & Exhibition Centre (BCEC) has witnessed the continuing resurgence of the business events industry, reflected by strong bookings into the foreseeable future, signalling a positive new norm for the industry.

That new normal is underpinned by a number of major transformations happening in Brisbane. The most visible change was Brisbane named host city for the 2032 Olympic & Paralympic Games. The successful bid has turbo charged the city in numerous ways including a historic $14 billion infrastructure pipeline of city projects, which are already underway and will further enhance the city experience.

BCEC is working with city business and tourism partners and the scientific community, including members of the Centre’s Convention Advocates Partnership to highlight research and development and legacy opportunities and what events can do for a city, pre and post Olympics.

BCEC minimises its dependence on carbon with its rooftop solar panels.

The Brisbane Olympics are also set to be carbon positive, an ambitious task that will require a city-wide effort. Fortunately, BCEC has been on that journey for a while. The Centre is committed to initiating and delivering better outcomes for the community, clients and the environment, and is well placed to help deliver a sustainable Olympics event in 2032.

The latest development is a carbon calculator to measure the carbon footprint of events and the Centre’s operations. Brisbane Convention & Exhibition Centre will also provide uniquely Australian offsets, including funding dedicated to setting up new habitats for koalas and working in partnership with the Reef Restoration Foundation, both of which are popular options for the Centre’s international visitors.

Home to four major universities and leading research institutes, Brisbane is forging a reputation for innovation, research and legacy building thanks to its burgeoning sectors in critical minerals, renewable energy, agritech and medtech – a reputation BCEC leverages due to its location in the city’s knowledge corridor surrounded by hospitals, research centres and universities.

Brisbane Convention & Exhibition Centre sits within the South Bank Convention Precinct, a green oasis of 17 hectares of riverfront parkland, rainforest pockets, swimming lagoons and riverside walks to the nearby cafes and restaurants, buzzing with locals and visitors.

Situated in the South Bank precinct also leverages the delegate experience on the ground thanks to partnerships with the Queensland Art Gallery and Gallery of Modern Art opening up easy to access cultural experiences.

A new free loop bus allows visitors to check out the local bars and eateries and hop a free ride back to their hotels.

The South Bank precinct is home to many interesting spots for delegates to explore.

Brisbane Economic Development Agency and BCEC have also recently developed delegate networking hubs in South Bank, working with local cafes, restaurants and bars to set up dedicated venues and spaces for networking just a few minutes’ walk from the Centre.

The city offers an ever-changing range of free and custom-made delegate support services such as the eatSouth Bank Program which offers café and restaurant discounts.

The soon to open Queen’s Wharf development, which will be within walking distance thanks to a new pedestrian bridge, will bring even more choices to the delegate experience including an extra 1,000 hotel rooms.

Throw in a new parallel runway that will double the capacity of Brisbane airport, a city rail network that is going to make Brisbane even more walkable and accessible, and the pieces are really falling into place for a city whose ambitions are matched by the number people moving there from interstate.

TIME Magazine this year picked Brisbane for their 2023 ‘World’s Greatest Places’ list thanks to the city’s “ambitious infrastructural advancements”, urban precincts, global cuisine and a relaxed al fresco lifestyle.

Brisbane’s evolution is a win for delegates, with the city’s stakeholders making sure all conference and meeting attendees will enjoy the best the city has to offer.