The Brisbane Convention & Exhibition Centre(BCEC) reported a 28% hike in the number of business events in 2012, with management confident the figure will continue to rise in 2013.
After revealing a $140 million expansion in January last year, BCEC hosted 73,000 delegates at 470 events in the 2012 calendar year.
Marking a significant increase on the previous year, a total of 58 conventions were held in 2012.
However, with 63 convention bookings already confirmed for the year ahead, general manager Bob O’Keeffe said 2013 was shaping up to be even more successful.
“2012 was a year of transformation for us with achievements of expansionary growth across the entire centre’s operations,” he said.
“Interest in bookings have far exceeded original targets and continue to do so,” O’Keeffe added.
Describing 2013 as another “defining year” for the centre, O’Keeffe remained confident BCEC would see further gains in the year ahead.
“Growth in conventions has more than doubled in the past five years with the trend set to continue with increased investment and innovation in both research and infrastructure,” he concluded.
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