Back-to-back conferences at BCEC to generate AUS$21m for Brisbane


AUSTRALASIA – The Brisbane Convention & Exhibition Centre (BCEC) is gearing up to host more than 11 conventions this month which are expected to generate AUS$21m for Brisbane.
Top language and linguistic specialists are poised to attend the 17th World Congress of the International Association of Applied Linguistics (AILA 2014) at the venue on 10-15 August.
Around 1,400 delegates from 80 countries will discuss and debate topics around the theme ‘One World, Many Languages’ during the six-day congress.
BCEC has been working with the World Congress organisers since 2007, having supported them to prepare their bid and presentation in the lead up to them winning the bid in 2009.
According to BCEC, the congress is one of 11 back-to-back conferences hosted by the centre during August. These events are estimated to bring 7,300 delegates to Brisbane, many for the first time, generating AUS$21m in economic benefit to Brisbane and Queensland.
The 29th International Horticulture Congress will also be held, 17-22 August, with more than 3,000 delegates in attendance.
The six-day congress and its accompanying 17 additional meetings embraces a number of sectors including agriculture, science, health and food and is expected to create considerable interest both in the scientific sectors and the community at large.
BCEC General Manager Bob O’Keeffe said the centre had entered one of the busiest periods in the lead-up up to the G20 Leaders Summit with 260 events scheduled prior to the actual event. “Planning has intensified in the lead-up to the G20 and we are looking forward to the opportunities this summit represents for both the centre and for Brisbane.”
In the past five years, the centre has doubled the number of conferences it hosts each year, with 123 in the 2014/15 Financial Year calendar including the G20 Leaders Summit in November.

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