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Mice Net : December 2008
convention & exhibition centres best in show story By Brad Foster f it’s a meeting in the outback you’re seeking then within Australia you have two choices. The first is the Alice Springs Convention Centre which this year played host to one of the most high-profile events when Meetings & Events Australia held its annual meeting there. This purpose-built centre, right next door to the Lasseters Casino and accommodation, has got conferencing down pat, and continues to thrill first-timers to the destination. The other big venue in the Northern Territory is the 1500-seat Darwin Convention Centre which opened in June. The $115 million centre is the centrepiece of Darwin’s 25-hectare lifestyle precinct which once completed will be home to hotels, restaurants, apartments and a variety of recreational pursuits. The centre spans a total floor area of 22,900 square metres with a selection of conference, exhibition and function facilities. These are broken up into the auditorium, which can seat 1500 delegates in tiered theatre-style seating, and four halls with an area of 4000 square metres that can host 225 exhibition booths or 3000 guest banquet-style. The centre also has the Waterfront room that can cater for 630 guests theatre-style, or 420 banquet-style, as well as meeting rooms that can be divided into two or four rooms and can hold 70 to 170 delegates theatre-style. In Queensland there are plenty of choices, and none more impressive than the Brisbane Convention & Exhibition Centre. The BCEC is already a big venue, and will be even larger when its $130 million expansion is completed by mid-2010. The expanded centre will be the only convention venue in Australia with three stand-alone plenary halls covering meetings from 400 to 8000 in addition to two ballrooms, three dedicated speakers’ presentation centres, six executive boardrooms and Australia’s first tasting room where clients can sample menus prior to their events. I 92 mice.net If you can’t fInd a conventIon centre that fits your requirements in australia or farther afield then you mustn’t be looking hard enough. Brisbane Convention & Exhibition Centre general manager, Robert O’Keeffe said recently the expansion was not only timely but also very welcome. “Brisbane is experiencing a period of record growth with a 28 per cent increase in business tourism nights,” he said. “The centre’s forward booking levels are at an all-time high and as such the need to expand our facilities has become critical to our future business plans. “The new development will provide us with the infrastructure to host more than 250 additional new events each year.” The nearby Gold Coast Convention and Exhibition Centre is also on a growth phase, recently completing an expansion of its exhibition space. According to the centre’s management, there has been an ever- increasing trend for larger space and concurrent sessions during national and international conventions. The extension almost doubles the GCCEC’s total exhibition space. The National Convention Centre in Canberra celebrated a $30 million refurbishment in late 2007, and hasn’t looked back since. The National Convention Centre is Canberra’s only purpose-built venue. The upgrade included creation of a new kitchen, décor, fixtures and fittings, and new audio-visual technology. But more than this, it has refreshed the venue, bringing it up to modern standards with subtle changes and careful, considered design additions. With the additional facilities of the Crowne Plaza Canberra, the complex caters for events of five to 2500 delegates. It features five theatres, seven flat floor rooms, exhibition space of 2400 square metres which can house 120 standard booths, a ballroom and plenty of boardrooms. Probably the biggest news in the convention space in recent times is the expansion of the Melbourne Convention & Exhibition Centre