It is official – Brisbane Convention & Exhibition Centre (BCEC) has been named as the World’s Best Convention Centre!
The announcement was made at the Annual General Assembly of the International Association of Congress Centres (AIPC) in Nantes, France.
Queensland Premier and Minister for the Arts Annastacia Palaszczuk congratulated BCEC and operators AEG Ogden on the prestigious award, which has previously been won by centres in leading global cities such as London and Vancouver.
“This award acknowledges what all Queenslanders already know – that we have some of the greatest show spaces in the world, right here on our doorstep,” the Premier said.
Acting Minister for Infrastructure, Local Government and Planning and Queensland Minister for Tourism and Major Events Kate Jones said the award stoked confidence in Queensland’s tourism and events industry.
“This award confirms Queensland’s reputation as a world-class tourism and events destination,” Ms Jones said. “Following this global recognition, we look forward to welcoming more industry leaders and business visitors to future events at BCEC.”
BCEC celebrated 21 years in June having hosted 18,000 events, 14 million visitors and delivering $3.87 billion in economic benefit to Queensland. Future bookings for the next 10 years number more than 1,300 with an economic value of $1 billion.
Industry leaders were quick to congratulate BCEC with Managing Director of Tourism Australia, John O’Sullivan describing the award as a great outcome for Australia: “This is a great achievement by the Brisbane Convention & Exhibition Centre and a great outcome for Australia. The Awards are judged on international client evaluation and therefore reflect the global calibre of the Centre’s offering and Australia’s international competitiveness as a business events destination.”