World’s best convention centre named in heart of Brisbane
Brisbane’s world-class reputation has once again shone on the world stage, with the Brisbane Convention and Exhibition Centre (BCEC) being named ‘The Best Convention Centre in the World’ for 2016 at the Annual General Assembly of the International Association of Congress Centres (AIPC) in Nantes, France.
Premier and Minister for the Arts Annastacia Palaszczuk congratulated BCEC and operators AEG Ogden on the prestigious award, which has previously been won by centres in leading global cities such as London and Vancouver.
“This award acknowledges what all Queenslanders already know – that we have some of the greatest show spaces in the world, right here on our doorstep,” the Premier said.
“This is a great honour for our State and I am proud that Brisbane continues to be recognised on the world stage.
“The success of the global events such as the G20 and several international conferences put the spotlight on Brisbane and BCEC played a key role in showing off Queensland’s hospitality and events success to the world.”
Acting Minister for Infrastructure, Local Government and Planning and Minister for Tourism and Major Events Kate Jones said the award stoked confidence in Queensland’s tourism and events industry.
“This award confirms Queensland’s reputation as is a world-class tourism and events destination,” Ms Jones said.
“With more than 1,200 events every year, BCEC is a world-class venue attracting investment and visitors to Brisbane.
“In 21 years of operation the centre has delivered close to $4 billion in economic benefit to Queensland and brought 14 million guests through its doors.
“Following this global recognition, we look forward to welcoming more industry leaders and business visitors to future events at BCEC.”
AEG Ogden Chairman and CEO, Harvey Lister said this award will further increase opportunities for Brisbane and Queensland in bidding for major conventions in the future.
“As a Queensland based venue management company, AEG Ogden is particularly proud that our flagship venue has been recognised as the world’s best,” Mr Lister said.
“We are particularly gratified as the internationally recognised bi-annual AIPC APEX Award is based solely on client evaluations by major convention and exhibition organisers around the world, and independently assessed by the global market research organisation, Ipsos.”