In brief: Business Events News July 2019 issue
Sunshine Coast CC opens
QUEENSLAND Tourism Industry Development Minister Kate Jones believes the 3,300m2 Sunshine Coast Convention Centre will be a “game-changer” for the region.
Officially opening the centre at the Novotel Twin Waters Resort last month, Jones said it will provide a host of new opportunities for the area.
“This centre has enough capacity to house 200 trade stands at once. It will be instrumental in securing events the Sunshine Coast has never been able to host in the past,” she said.
“With the expansion of the Sunshine Coast airport and millions of dollars in new tourism infrastructure developments underway, the local tourism industry is booming.”
MCB lands $500m in events
Business events are Victoria’s highest yielding sector in the state’s visitor economy, Melbourne Convention Bureau (MCB) has revealed.
MCB announced it has secured more than $500 million in business events for the state this financial year, while delivering 6,000 jobs.
Working with Visit Victoria, MCB has secured a number of international business events, including the 2023 Rotary International Conference, which is expected to be the most valuable conference to be held in the state, attracting 20,000 Rotary members from 200 countries to the city, and injecting $110 million into the local economy.
Hyatt Regency Syd still top
Sydney’s Hyatt Regency has retained its status as the Asia Pacific’s top-ranked meeting destination in the 2019 Cvent Top Meeting Hotels List.
The Australian hotel held off competition from the Grand Hyatt Hotels in Singapore, Seoul and Hong Kong, and the Pan Pacific Singapore to retain the top spot on the list compiled by the events technology provider.
A further 12 Australian venues made the list.
Cvent Australia Director of Sales Chela Evans said the results illustrate the key role Australian hotels play in attracting business events and supporting tourism growth in the region.