Brisbane is being hailed as a “quiet achiever” alongside its rivals Sydney and Melbourne, with new infrastructure promising to boost the city’s reputation on the global stage.
After opening the doors to the refurbished Brisbane Convention and Exhibition Centre last year, Brisbane is also preparing to welcome the City Hall back into action next month after a three year $215 million restoration project.
The new Royal International Convention Centre also welcomed its first round of guests this month after a $59 million makeover, with the centre set to inject $20 million to the economy in its first nine months of operation.
Brisbane Marketing convention bureau director Annabel Sullivan said the infrastructure boost confirmed that Brisbane was earning a solid reputation as an attractive destination for business events.
“Brisbane is committed to growth and these new developments reinforce Brisbane’s future as a world class centre for business,” she told The Nibbler at AIME last week.
Sullivan denied that Brisbane often came off second best to Sydney and Melbourne, insisting that the city was still growing.
“The fact that we secured the G20 in 2014 proves that Brisbane can punch above its weight. I think most people see Brisbane as the quiet achiever, but there are plenty of opportunities for further growth," she said.
The G20 will be held at the Brisbane Convention & Exhibition Centre in November next year. In addition to 30 leading decision makers, up to 4,000 delegates and 3,000 media are expected to attend.
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