Brisbane’s Royal International Convention Centre (Royal ICC) has a new retail strip coming to life on its doorstep, which the venue management hopes will prove a further attraction for high profile events and guests.
Since opening in March 2013, Australia’s newest convention centre has hosted almost 600 events and the Royal ICC is at the heart of Queensland’s largest indoor/outdoor events precinct, the Brisbane Showgrounds.
Royal ICC guests staying on site have extra dining options, with the first retailers on King Street recently opening.
George Gregan’s The George, GG’s Espresso and Fat Dumpling are already proving popular with guests, with Sushi and Nori, Hello Chicken, The Lamb Shop and Italian restaurant Il Verde also set to open this year.
The King Street retail activation marks another milestone in the A$2.9bn (US$2.17m) Brisbane Showgrounds Regeneration Project, now in its sixth year. In February, it saw the opening of a four-star Rydges hotel, offering 208 rooms.
The Royal ICC’s general manager of venue sales and marketing Jago Coyle commented on the latest development: “It’s exciting times as the Brisbane Showgrounds precinct comes of age. We have year-round events booked, a four-star hotel on site and now a range of great dining options on King Street.”