Qld Premier among guests as BCEC reopens for business

Brisbane Convention & Exhibition Centre (BCEC) has held its first events since reopening earlier this month.

The Centre played host to the Committee for Economic Development of Australia Queensland State of the State Lunch on Thursday, with Queensland Premier Annastacia Palaszczuk the keynote speaker.

The event attendance was capped at 260 attendees and took place in the Centre’s refurbished Plaza Ballroom, adhering to social distancing regulations. There was an interactive livestream of the event to a virtual audience of 1,500.

“We got the Convention Centre open and that is not happening in other places,” Palaszczuk said.

BCEC has 140 event bookings through to the end of the year with a number of conferences and exhibitions on the agenda as well as local events and is working closely with clients to successfully deliver these events according to COVID Safe guidelines.

These include new event protocols to safeguard the health and wellbeing of clients, guests and the Centre’s staff, as well as the presence of special COVID Controllers and Ambassadors on site.

BCEC general manager Bob O’Keeffe said the reopening of the Centre represented a significant step forward in the recovery of the industry in Australia.

“Business Events have been the Centre’s area of expertise, knowledge and experience for more than 25 years and our committed team of event planning, technical and creative professionals are excited to be back at work ensuring events succeed and reach their full potential with the opportunity to develop and grow in future years,” he said.