BCEC gets green light to reopen in August

Queensland Treasurer Cameron Dick has announced that the Brisbane Convention & Exhibition Centre (BCEC) will reopen in August 2020 following approval of its site-specific COVID-safe plan.

The state’s Treasurer said the reopening of BCEC will be a significant milestone for Queensland.

“As we unite and recover from the pandemic, it’s cause for celebration that we can welcome staff and visitors back to this outstanding venue”, Dick said.

BCEC’s plan is integrated with VenueShield, a new environmental hygiene protocol developed by the venue’s parent group, ASM Global.

To develop the comprehensive new protocols, ASM Global engaged its in-house executive teams, including BCEC, and distilled the expertise from across its global network of venues spanning stadia, arenas, theatres, convention and exhibition centres, including those in the Asia-Pacific region.

A newly developed ‘BCEC Safe Event Guideline’ has been prepared to assist clients in planning their events at the centre.

The guideline encompasses all the necessary health and hygiene safeguards, food safety measures and social distancing required under the current opening conditions.

BCEC general manager Bob O’Keeffe said the venue’s approved reopening is another sign of green shoots in the recovery of the business events industry.

“BCEC drives almost 70 per cent of Brisbane’s business events room nights, and we are looking forward to welcoming events back to the centre and doing what we do best – attracting much sought-after and high-yield business events to Brisbane and Queensland.”

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