Cairns Convention Centre has offered a glimpse of its new look as work continues on its $176 million expansion and refurbishment.
The first stage of work will see a refurbishment of the existing Centre and is slated for completion in February 2021, with events beginning in March 2021. The second, expansion, phase will bring new spaces available to event planners in early 2022.
The redevelopment will give the centre an extra 10,000sqm of meeting, banquet and exhibition space when the two-stage project is completed. The new expansion will be able to host a conference in the facility for 500 delegates, adding to the Centre’s overall capacity of 2500 delegates. The refurbished Arena will be able to host events for up to 5000 capacity.
Highlights of the expanded Cairns Convention Centre interior include a new exhibition space that will hold 30 exhibition stands.
The new exhibition space leads to a flat floor plenary that can hold 410 people theatre-style and can be divided into two equal rooms.
Also, on this level are three new meeting rooms that can hold over 118 delegates each in theatre-style.
The new Trinity level brings the region’s tropical environment inside and can offer gala dinners and large cocktail functions for up to 500, with a view over the Trinity Inlet.
“Once complete the expanded centre will bring around 20,000 extra visitors to the region and inject up to $50m into the local economy annually,” Tourism Minister Kate Jones said.