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GOLD COAST CONVENTION AND EXHIBITION CENTRECELEBRATES 20 YEARS

Gold Coast Queensland 1 July 2024   June 29th marked the 20th anniversary of the Gold Coast Convention and Exhibition Centre (GCCEC). Stemming from the recognition that the Gold Coast needed a purpose-designed facility to accommodate conferences, exhibitions, concerts and large-scale gatherings, the collaboration between the Queensland government and Jupiters Ltd, has hosted thousands of domestic and international events since opening in 2004.


Hailed as an architectural marvel, blending form and function, the $167 million Gold Coast Convention and Exhibition Centre opened as Australia’s largest regional convention centre, setting the stage for a successful and rewarding future for the destination. 


In 2009, the Centre was expanded to meet demand, adding two multifunction halls, three meeting rooms and three kitchens. Total exhibition space reached 10,000 sqm with the expansion.


Nick Jeffrey, Acting General Manager, GCCEC commented “The Centre has been a major economic driver to the region, supporting local business and employment, attracting leaders of industry, sport and entertainment to our city. In fact, last month The International Communications Association Conference attracted more than $8 million in economic benefit.”


From rodeos, Commonwealth Games and A lister events to world leading conferences and exhibitions, there’s been no shortage of wow moments for the Gold Coast Convention and Exhibition Centre over its 20-year history. Some highlights include:


·         2004      IGA/Metcash Expo is GCCEC’s first corporate client (still is a client today)

·         2007      National Rodeo finals attracts 15,000 guests

·         2011      Rihanna concert sells out

·         2013     First convention centre to achieve EarthCheck Gold Certification

·         2018      Australian Tourism Exchange (and again in 2023)

·         2018      Commonwealth Games Netball and Media Hub

·         2019      SportAccord and Eurovision Australia Decides

·         2019      Wins Gold at Australian Tourism Awards

·         2020      Netflix films Spiderhead with Chris Hemsworth onsite

·         2023     Achieves Master certification through EarthCheck

·         2023      World Title Fight Tszyu vs Mendoza



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