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Gold Coast wins major communication conference

16 March 2017

By Gold Coast Business Events

International Communication Association confirms 2020

Leading communication experts from across the globe will descend on the Gold Coast in May 2020 to attend the 70th Annual International Communication Association (ICA) Conference. 

The conference is expected to attract over 2000 international delegates and will be held at the Gold Coast Conference and Exhibition Centre.

ICA is an academic association for scholars interested in the study, teaching and application of all aspects of human and mediated communication. The organisation was established more than 50 years ago as a small association of U.S. researchers and is now an international association with more than 4500 members in 80 countries.

Gold Coast Business Events, in partnership with Tourism and Events Queensland (TEQ), coordinated a collaborative bid which had strong support from South East Queensland universities and was championed by business events Ambassador, Professor Terry Flew.

Anna Case, Director of Gold Coast Business Events said securing this event was a real coup for the Gold Coast and demonstrated the strong capabilities of the destination to host major international conferences.

“ICA was seeking a destination that would make their members’ eyes light up, and the Gold Coast undoubtedly has that unique appeal to international delegates,” she said.

“The organisation had clearly defined criteria for host cities and aspects such as easy and affordable accessibility, world-class meeting facilities and reasonably priced accommodation were all critical in the decision. The host city also had to demonstrate the availability of a strong support team on the ground and our thriving local academic community were instrumental in demonstrating the spirit of cooperation between universities,” according to Ms Case.

“Professor Terry Flew, with the support of Queensland University of Technology and in collaboration with colleagues at University of Queensland, Griffith University, Bond University and Southern Cross University recognised the benefits of hosting this conference on the Gold Coast and worked hard to make it happen.”

According to Ms Case, the conference will be a major contributor to the Gold Coast’s economic and intellectual capital, fostering fresh ideas and conversations, as well as a direct economic contribution into the business events and tourism industry.

TEQ Chief Executive, Leanne Coddington, said the ICA conference would showcase Queensland to an influential international audience.

“This is a significant business event on TEQ’s calendar which will bring thousands of delegates and profile Queensland amongst communications leaders from across the globe,” Ms Coddington said.

“Business events are an important part of our tourism economy and growing this portfolio is an integral component of TEQ’s long term events strategy.”

Contact: Amanda Turner – Communications Executive, Gold Coast Business Events
07 5584 6255 or 0467 157 002 |