Flight Centre’s 4500-strong Global Gathering heading to Brisbane

Brisbane will host one of the world’s largest travel industry conferences after securing Flight Centre Travel Group’s global conference in 2020.

The event will bring up to 4500 travel consultants, executives and senior travel industry figures to the city after being secured by Tourism and Events Queensland and Brisbane City Council through Brisbane Marketing.

Brisbane Lord Mayor Adrian Schrinner said Flight Centre’s Global Gathering conference would deliver a $7 million economic boost.

“We’re confident that once the world’s leading travel professionals experience what Brisbane has to offer, they too will become advocates for our incredible city,” Schrinner said.

Flight Centre Travel Group managing director Graham Turner said the annual conference would run from July 10-12 next year.

“The Global Gathering is the most important conference on our annual calendar and is a keenly anticipated event for our 20,000 people throughout the world,” Turner said.

“Brisbane is our global headquarters, so it’s fitting that we bring our people to the city to take part in this important event and to sample South-East Queensland’s world class features and attractions.

“The overwhelming majority of the delegates will be travel consultants and they will gain first-hand experience of these features and attractions and will then share that knowledge with their customers, opening the door to further tourism benefits long into the future.”

The Global Gathering was last held in Australia in 2001 in Sydney.