Gold Coast rides association meetings wave

The Gold Coast has recorded a 19 per cent increase in association meetings for the 12 months to 30 June 2018.

The Queensland Business Events Survey showed that 313 associations met on the Gold Coast in the last financial year, up significantly from the 263 conferences recorded in the previous 12 months.

“Tourism and hospitality is in our DNA on the Gold Coast, and our industry partners know how to deliver an exceptional business event,” said Anna Case, executive director of business events.

“Our world-class welcome is delivered with down-to-earth hospitality and association delegates also enjoy our coastal lifestyle, professional meeting venues and memorable experiences the city offers for conferences.”

The positive results look set to continue, with conferences confirmed in recent months representing an estimated economic impact of over $3.5 million for the Gold Coast. Associations who have recently selected the Gold Coast to host their conference include Australian Archaeological Association (2019); 28th World Congress for Medical Law (2022); National Franchise Convention (2019); and 9th World Rett Syndrome Congress (2020).