In the latest of CMW’s series of destination discussions, Iain Stirling speaks with Janet Hamilton, general manager, Cairns Convention Centre and Rosie Douglas, general manager partnerships & events, Tourism Tropical North Queensland (TTNQ). Together they describe how Far North Queensland and in particular Cairns has coped with the Covid-19 situation over the past 15 months, Cairns’ current position, the latest on the Cairns Convention Centre’s refurbishment and share some ideas on the strategy for recovery in 2021 and beyond.
The Cairns Convention Centre has re-opened after an extensive refurbishment. The Centre closed last April to begin the $176 million refurbishment and expansion. The refurbishment is now complete and the Centre has been fitted with state-of-the-art technology and a refurbished contemporary designed interior. Delegates are being treated to the latest audio-visual equipment and a fresh new menu featuring tropical local produce.
The Australian Banana Growers Congress (May 12-14) was the first event in the renewed Centre. Moving forward the Centre is set to host more national conferences, concerts and other public events including the Cairns International Art Fair in August.
As the Cairns Convention Centre starts hosting events again the Centre’s multi-million-dollar expansion is well underway. The expansion has been designed to bring more of the region’s beautiful tropical environment inside and the inspiration for the Centre’s new façade will feature tropical plants from the region.
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