Brisbane venue named Australia’s best at awards

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The Brisbane Convention and Exhibition Centre (BCEC) scooped up the industry’s top accolade - Meeting, Exhibition or Event Venue Award – at the National Meetings and Events Australia awards, which happened to be hosted at the winning venue.

Known as Australia’s most prestigious meetings and events awards, the evening brought together 500 of the nation’s biggest business events industry players, including suppliers, caterers, venues and organisers.

BCEC was also highly commended in the Banqueting and Catering category.

BCEC general manager, Bob O’Keeffe said the Centre was proud to have won the award, beating off competition from fellow convention centres and venues around Australia.

“This award is indicative of BCEC’s performance and professionalism and its continuing commitment to the industry.

“To be recognised nationally among the very top level of the industry is a credit to the great BCEC team and a true reflection of the Centre’s strong customer experience focus as we continue to deliver world-class events.”

The award coincides with the record-breaking quarter which saw the BCEC host 121 events including 16 conferences and more than 85,000 visitors in the month of March alone.

According to the 2019 Global Meetings and Events Forecast report, released by American Express, Australia led the growth of the meetings and events market in the Asia Pacific region in 2018.

Internal meetings and training accounted for 28 per cent of all event activity in Australia in 2018, however, the report stated that Australian event professionals are expecting to see a decrease in activity across all meeting types in 2019.

Meeting planners in Australia also anticipate a small decrease in attendance for internal meetings and product launches; as well as a shortened average length of events and a tightened spend per attendee.

One Australia-based survey respondent quoted in the report said: “I think in other regions there is a lot of conversation about ROI from an attendee perspective. In Asia Pacific, it is very much a financial calculation. Clients see their ROI in terms of what new sales they achieved based on a meeting. That’s what they consider the measurement of success.”

However, O’Keeffe is not deterred by the 2019 forecast as he said BCEC is currently on track to make 2019 its most successful year to date, surpassing the 2014/2015 G20 summit year which was held at BCEC.

Holly Patrick
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A desire to travel led Holly Patrick to the business meetings and events world and she’s never looked back. Holly takes a particular interest in event sustainability and creating a diverse and inclusive industry. When she’s not working, she can be found rolling skating along Brighton seafront listening to an eclectic playlist, featuring the likes of Patti Smith, Sean Paul, and Arooj Aftab.

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