‘Encouraging to see people back’, conferences return to the Gold Coast

Thousands of delegates came through the doors of the Gold Coast Convention and Exhibition Centre (GCCEC) last month, signalling a positive surge in confidence in face-to-face meetings.

Events at the Centre included conferences, business meetings and a 250-person fundraising lunch, all operating under the Centre’s approved COVID safe plan.

The plan covers conditions of entry, record keeping, social distancing, deliveries, food service, team wellbeing and event specific requirements.

Among the conferences held in October was the School Business Managers’ Association, Queensland (SBMAQ) state conference, which attracted over 600 participants and included plenary sessions, masterclasses, catering, an exhibition, daily themed dinners and a gala awards event.

The Local Government Association Queensland Conference also welcomed over 500 delegates and 85 exhibitors.

“There’s no denying that there’s a lot of additional work required on our side to host events at the venue at the moment, from extra deep cleaning, Covid marshalling, labour intensive food preparation and service to traffic, flow, messaging and record keeping,” said Adrienne Readings, general manager at GCCEC.

“However, the response to these events has been overwhelmingly positive from all stakeholders and it’s really encouraging to see people back meeting and networking at the Centre.”

The Centre will host two more conferences before the end of the year.