Major Australasian automotive parts group to meet on the Gold Coast

The Gold Coast has been confirmed as the destination to host the Bapcor Convention in October 2019.

The convention is expected to attract up to 1000 delegates over five days, with an estimated economic impact of over $3 million for the city.

Destination Gold Coast CEO Annaliese Battista welcomed the announcement and said the city is looking forward to showcasing its diverse offering to Bapcor delegates later this year.

“This is a great result for the Gold Coast and highlights our capabilities to stage large-scale conferences that deliver the best combination of meeting and accommodation venues, experiences and attractions,” she said.

“A conference of this scale contributes significantly to the Gold Coast’s economy, and we’re confident these delegates will enjoy an inspiring and memorable convention in our city.”

Gold Coast Convention and Exhibition Centre will host the event from 17 to 21 October 2019.

Bapcor CEO and managing director Darryl Abotomey said the Gold Coast was selected because of the infrastructure to support a group of this size.

“The Star Gold Coast and Gold Coast Convention and Exhibition Centre, excellent offsite venues, along with the ideal weather, make the Gold Coast a perfect location to hold one of the major conferences and expos in our industry,” he said.

Bapcor is an Australasian provider of automotive aftermarket parts, accessories, automotive equipment and services.

The organisation spans the aftermarket supply chain covering trade, specialist wholesale, retail and service, including well-known brands such as Burson Auto Parts, BNT (New Zealand), Autobarn, Autopro, Opposite Lock and Midas.

The organisation employs over 4,500 employees in more than 800 locations across Australia, New Zealand and Thailand.