AUSTRALASIA – World champion cyclists, international HIV, AIDS and immunotherapy experts, tropical agricultural scientists and nursing and education professionals are among delegates heading to the Brisbane Convention & Exhibition Centre (BCEC) in coming weeks as the centre moves into its peak conference season.
BCEC is scheduled to host 60 conferences through to mid-December with some 30,000 delegates set to deliver 94,000 room nights to Brisbane’s city hotels.
The conferences booked in cover a broad cross section of interests from science and research to energy, agriculture, education, technology, the environment, government and social services and are part of a total 400 events scheduled in the city between now and the end of the year.
This line-up of conferences secured for Brisbane by BCEC, many of which were in conjunction with convention partners, Tourism and Events Queensland and Brisbane Marketing, builds on the city’s successful hosting of the 2014 G20 Leaders Summit.
Some of the larger conferences include:
- Gastro 15 – AGW and WGO International Congress (1,000 delegates)
- Asia Pacific Autism Conference 2015 (1,300 delegates)
- World STI & HIV Conference 2015 (500 delegates)
- Australasian HIV and AIDS Conference 2015 (1,000 delegates)
- FPA Professionals Congress (1,000 delegates)
- ASFA National Conference & Super Expo (1,300 delegates)
Meanwhile, new statistics from New Zealand’s official, membership based association for the conference and business travel industry, Conventions and Incentives New Zealand (CINZ), indicate increasing numbers of Australians are travelling to New Zealand for business events.
CINZ’s Australia manager, Sharon Auld said Australia continued to be the strongest market for New Zealand, accounting for 65% of international business event arrivals.
July’s figures from the association showed a 20.9% increase in Australian business event arrivals for July 2015, while the annual figure to July 2015 was up 10%
“The value of Australian visitors is highlighted in the most recent Convention Delegate Survey from December 2014. They stay an average of 3.8 nights in the event region, plus another 1.1 nights elsewhere and spend NZ$374 (US$234) per night,” said Auld.
Auld added new connections to Western Australia would bring more opportunity to the market. Air New Zealand is increasing its services to Perth, in particular.
CINZ has said it is planning a new familiarisation programme to allow more Australian decision-makers to experience New Zealand in the coming year.