Gold Coast secured 104 conferences last year with pent-up demand to fuel strong rebound

Destination Gold Coast CEO Patricia O’Callaghan said there is pent-up demand for in-person events.

Destination Gold Coast secured 104 conferences with an estimated economic impact of $99.3 million in the 12 months to June 2021, with the pent-up demand to meet face-to-face on the Gold Coast showing no signs of abating.

Destination Gold Coast CEO Patricia O’Callaghan said the city is looking ahead with renewed optimism.

“In an undeniably tough year for our industry, it’s heartening to see these results which signal a positive outlook towards a robust recovery,” O’Callaghan said.

“Our industry has demonstrated how incredibly adaptive and resourceful they are when challenges arise, and this collaborative effort certainly reflects the determination of our sector to rebound and come back stronger than ever.”

O’Callaghan said the Gold Coast is well positioned to lead the visitor economy into recovery with business events set to contribute significantly.

“There is a strong desire to meet and connect in person and we have been highly aware of this consistent sentiment across the industry as this demand will drive growth,” she said.

Recent conferences confirmed for the Gold Coast include The Royal Australian and New Zealand College of Obstetricians and Gynaecologists 2022 (1,000 delegates); 35th Topical Meeting of the International Society of Electrochemistry 2023 (200 delegates); Australian Medical Students Association National Convention 2023 (1,000 delegates); and API National Property Conference 2022 (600 delegates).

“The Gold Coast is a city coming of age in one of the world’s fastest growing regions, which is redefining our offering for business events,” said O’Callaghan.

“Our future pipeline reflects this with 144 conferences and meetings, worth an estimated $191 million, committed to meet here between 2022-2030.”