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THE MERYL STREEP OF VENUES

It’s not every day you’re likened to Hollywood royalty! BCEC has been nominated in the inaugural Qantas magazine’s, 2017 Business Travel Awards for the category of Best Conference Venue in Australia.

Read the Qantas article →

A NEW APPROACH TO DIETARIES

Did you know that 20% – 30% of all meals today are the subject of dietary requests? To meet this ever-evolving catering landscape, we’ve established a dedicated Dietary Kitchen, an Australian first for convention centres. Read on to learn more about our committed team who are revolutionising the overall dining experience for our clients and guests with special dietary needs.

Former Queensland Ambassador Chef, David Pugh whose much acclaimed Restaurant Two was the recipient of multiple chef’s hats while remaining at the peak of Brisbane’s fine dining scene for almost two decades, has joined the talented team of Chefs at BCEC as Executive Sous Chef, Development.

David, who is well known in Australian culinary circles is applying his fine dining award-winning expertise to running the Centre’s newly established dedicated Dietary Kitchen, working alongside consultant nutritionist, Kerry Leech who also takes care of the dietary needs of the champion Queensland Firebirds.

The establishment of the dietary kitchen is part of the most significant agenda of initiatives and enhancements relating to the Food & Beverage operation since the Centre opened in 1995.

You can find out more about the BCEC Dietary Kitchen here →

NEW MENUS A HIT AT INTERNATIONAL WOMEN'S DAY EVENTS

 ‘I was blown away by the food, it was absolutely amazing, like nothing I had ever seen…’ 

‘From the chicken and couscous to the salmon and avocado and amazing array of wonderful salads, so fresh, visually appealing and so healthy….’

Our new healthy options menu, ‘The Nourish Mentality’ had its first mass outing at the Australian Institute of Management’s (AIM) International Women’s Day Great Debate for 1,150 guests in March, to rave reviews and very welcome spontaneous feedback.

Against a backdrop of hosting 18,000 events, 14 million guests and delivering 29 million meals, BCEC has implemented some of the biggest changes to its Food & Beverage offering in its 21 year history.

One of those changes is the result of increased demand for healthy alternatives to traditional conference food. The Centre’s new Nourish Mentality menu was developed, focussing on nutritious eating and promoting a healthy lifestyle.

Inspired by netball champions, the Queensland Firebirds, who have called BCEC home for a number of years, the popular boutique menu was created by Executive Chef, Martin Latter in collaboration with the Centre’s consultant nutritionist, Kerry Leech who also advises the Queensland Firebirds on their nutritional needs.

Organisers of the lively lunch debate, the Australian Institute of Management, took advantage of the recently released menu, working with our Executive Chef and his team to custom design a table buffet menu for their event based entirely on the healthy lifestyle menu.

Joanna Brown, Signature Events Manager from the Australian Institute of Management: “Our attendees said the food was outstanding, they loved the healthiness of it all”.

The Nourish Mentality menu compliments the Centre’s traditional banquet menu, both showcasing Queensland’s fresh produce by adopting a ‘Queensland First’ philosophy where possible, delivering visitors and guests a uniquely authentic and invigorated taste of local cuisine at its best.

You can find out more about our new food concepts here →

KNOWLEDGE RUSH

World leading scientists, researchers and healthcare professionals will be among more than 63,800 delegates converging on Brisbane and BCEC this year, sharing their ground breaking knowledge and expertise at a strong line-up of 140 conferences, including 23 international events.

BCEC’s conference calendar, dominated by the medical and scientific sectors, reflects the Centre’s strong partnerships with local academic and scientific communities and reinforces Brisbane’s reputation as a knowledge hub and centre of science excellence.

Among the conferences expected to stimulate world leading debate at BCEC this year will be:

  • The 26th Congress of the International Society of Biomechanics (ISB) 2017 incorporating the 9th Asian-Pacific Conference on Biomechanics (AP Biomech 2017) will bring more than 1,000 of the world’s foremost scientists in the field of biomechanics to the city for four days from July 23 – 27.
  • The inaugural World of Drones Congress (WoDC) August 31 – September 2 2017 will provide an international forum for everyone concerned with the business of drones – from small businesses to governments, investors, regulators and key industry experts in the fields where drone technology uptake is literally taking off!
  • With Queensland the home of world leading skin cancer research, more than 1,500 international experts will head to Brisbane for the 9th World Congress of Melanoma and the 14th International Congress of the Society for Melanoma research being held at BCEC October 18 – 21. The joint congress will bring together top melanoma researchers and clinicians at this global summit which is hoped will accelerate scientific and clinical investigations into melanoma.

EXHIBITIONS ON THE RISE

From beautiful babies and toddlers to home renovators, well-being fanatics, brides bound for the altar and those ‘into craft’, BCEC geared up for a busy month in March drawing crowds of up to 50,000 at eight events on the exhibition calendar.

2017 has seen an increase in the number of exhibitions at BCEC with the Centre hosting an additional six exhibitions including four brand new events, Magic: The Gathering Grand Prix Brisbane 2017 a popular new gaming show, Madman Anime Festival another in the pop culture series, Brisbane’s Annual Wedding Expo and The Retirement, Lifestyle and Leisure Expo.

Don’t miss the biggest show of them all, the 2017 Brisbane Truck Show in-house from May 25 for four days with tickets now on sale. Australia’s premier transport industry event, the Truck Show is the largest single event both in size and scale hosted by BCEC.

Attracting up to 40,000 visitors with more than 30% travelling from overseas, the biennial show delivers significant economic benefits to the Queensland economy.

Diary date for all those yachties and boating enthusiasts out there with the return of the very successful Brisbane Boat Show in August with 5,000 sqm more space – the best place to see and buy boats.

SHOWTIME!

The flavours of Ireland, Harry Potter and Rock n’ Roll filled the Centre’s iconic Great Hall these past weeks. The $1.5 million upgrade including new tiered seating in warm muted hues of fuschia is proving popular for concerts and live performances, with a stellar line-up of entertainment in April.

Described as Ireland’s most popular ‘easy listening’ entertainer, Daniel O’Donnell kicked off the St Patrick’s Day celebrations at BCEC performing to an enthusiastic audience of diehard fans.

That was the opener for a busy April with a variety of entertainment including:

  • The Queensland Symphony Orchestra (QSO) presenting Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone in Concert, with another QSO event – Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets – In Concert – back on centre stage in October.
  • GREASE – THE ARENA EXPERIENCE bringing the favourite rock n’ roll musical to life on stage. Featuring all the hit songs from the most popular movie musical of all time. This was GREASE on a mega scale!
  • Australia’s most loved secret daughter, Jessica Mauboy, wowed audiences with her new Australian tour – ALL THE HITS LIVE.
  • PAW Patrol Live! Race to the Rescue hit the spot for kids everywhere. Based on the hit animated Nickelodeon TV series, bringing everybody’s favourite pups to the stage for an action-packed, high-energy, musical adventure.

You can find out what’s happening at the Centre by heading to our What’s On Page →

TAKING CARE OF OUR ENVIRONMENT

Located in the riverside cultural precinct at South Bank, the health of our own stretch of the Brisbane River and local waterways is always of prime concern to BCEC. So it is not surprising to learn that caring for our waterways – our rivers and bay is the focus of this year’s 1EARTH Month activities for the BCEC.

Each year BCEC joins the AEG 1EARTH global sustainability program with its worldwide family of venues to focus awareness on environmental issues during international Earth Month in April.

The four week program is a combination of educational and experiential activities with this year’s agenda inspired by the Centre’s partnership with the not-for-profit Tangalooma EcoMarines, dedicated to protecting the marine life of spectacular Moreton Bay and local islands as well as the rivers and estuaries that feed into the bay.

EcoMarines shared their unique environmental education program aimed at developing environmental leadership, with Centre staff and delivered a workshop about the importance of reducing pollution in our waterways.

The month long program included tours of the South Bank Precinct sustainability initiatives such as the Epicurious Garden and Rain Bank, hosted tours of BCEC’s sustainability initiatives and Life on the River information concluding with a local ‘Clean Up the River’ event followed by a much deserved barbecue for staff.

You can find out more about Tangalooma EcoMarines here →

PASSENGERS VOTE BRISBANE AIRPORT - ‘BEST OF THE BEST’

Brisbane Airport has been voted The Best Airport and Best Airport Staff Service in the Australia/Pacific Region by air travellers at the 2017 Skytrax World Airport Awards in Amsterdam, adding to the swag of awards already attributed to the Airport.

Skytrax World’s Top 100 Airports list was also released with Brisbane rising from 17th in the world to 15th, and 5th in the size category of 20 – 30 million passengers annually.

The World Airport Awards are considered the most prestigious accolades for the airport industry voted by customers in the largest annual global airport customer satisfaction survey – 13.82 million airport survey questionnaires completed by 105 different nationalities of air travellers. The survey covered 550 airports worldwide evaluating traveller experiences across airport service and product key performance indicators from check-in, arrivals, transfers, shopping, security and immigration through to the departure gate.

You can find out more about BAC here →

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