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Mice Net : October 2008
brisbane brisbane means win international and domestic bids and it looks strong beyond 2008 for future conventions. Brisbane Convention and Exhibition Centre has been an integral part of winning large meetings for the city and continues to grow as a result. The centre takes an environmentally-friendly approach to business events which has been repeatedly recognised over the last few years. The authoritative International Association of Congress Centres recently announced biennial ratings for convention centres with Brisbane maintaining the top three position it has held for three of the last four awards. This recognition is based on performance and customer satisfaction and is regarded as representing an accurate international standard of excellence. According to the centre’s general manager, Robert O’Keefe, the most recent rating was achieved against 18 international convention centres. “In the ultra-competitive environment of international conference bidding, to have one of the top three centres in the world is a significant boost for Brisbane’s reputation as a premier meetings destination,” he said. And it seems the centre has the bookings to back up its reputation. Looking at the last financial year the BCEC’s sales team secured a record 109 new convention bid wins. Future bookings are also at an all-time high with 1050 events booked through to 2014. With so much business it’s no wonder the Brisbane Convention and L 68 mice.net business Look away for a moment and you’ll be surprised how fast Brisbane is growing in the business events sector. ocated on the majestic Brisbane River, this metropolis is Queensland’s capital city and attracts large-scale conferences and events. In terms of big business Brisbane continues to Exhibition Centre is working on an expansion. Preparatory work has already begun on Grey Street where five levels of meetings and event space will be completed by mid-2010. The expansion will cost $130 million and will suit conferences of between 400 and 600. The boost will mean a 50 per cent increase in convention space and will provide the centre with the right infrastructure to host more than 250 additional events every year. Event planners can look forward to a total of 42 meeting rooms, Australia’s only three stand-alone plenary halls, two ballrooms, three speakers’ presentation centres, four executive boardrooms and Australia’s first tasting room. This new development will be in line with the centre’s existing environmental standards and will have a five-star environmental rating. The Brisbane Convention and Exhibition Centre has recently added some new major initiatives to ultimately reduce its impact on the environment. The initiatives have included: • Fitting the centre’s escalators with sensors to reduce 30 per cent of its energy usage. • Purchasing Green Power to the centre’s administration offices which will save 103 tonnes of Co2 emissions per year. • Purchasing the Bio Bin which is a compost and organic waste management system which will reduce landfill and provide compost for the garden. The initiatives are in addition to the environmentally-friendly processes already in place at this remarkable centre. To book your next event here or for more information go to www.bcec.com.au. ABOVE: Brisbane Convention and Exhibition Centre.