GCCEC Business News

By Gold Coast Convention and Exhibition Centre, 19 September, 2018


Another financial year has come and gone with the Gold Coast Convention and Exhibition Centre (GCCEC) further cementing its place as a major economic driver in the business events and tourism space.

GCCEC continues to deliver record results, including its best fiscal performance for a sixth consecutive year. The 2017-18 year finished with GCCEC surpassing all previous end of year financial results and providing a $372M economic impact to the region – an increase of 14 per cent on 2016-17.

Underpinning our strong fiscal showing were 154 events and more than 722,000 guests who visited the Centre. Almost 76 per cent of events were in our core market of meetings, incentives, conferences and exhibitions.

The robust business going through the doors has had a real positive impact on our neighbours with recent events revitalising the Broadbeach precinct as Channel 7 reported recently.

The upturn, coupled with the Gold Coast’s diversification into knowledge-based industries such as IT, Health and Education, puts the city at the centre of projected business growth.

To ensure we keep up with the expected need, we’re in discussion with the Queensland state government to expand the Centre to deliver wider economic benefits. I’ll be sure to keep you up to date on the progress of that project.

Adrienne Readings
General Manager, Gold Coast Convention and Exhibition Centre


GCCEC has started the new financial year with a bang, recording the busiest August since opening in 2004.

The Centre was brimming with 22 events, almost doubling our average monthly tally. Our ability to cater for delegate numbers ranging from 200 to 2,000 showcased the Centre’s flexibility to host seamless medium to large events.

We’re looking forward to further highlighting the Gold Coast, Queensland and the Gold Coast Convention Centre when more than 1500 delegates from 500 sports federations gather here for the SportAccord in May. It’s the most significant meeting of international sports reps and is a direct legacy of the Gold Coast 2018 Commonwealth Games.


GCCEC is pleased to announce Natalie Donoghue has been promoted to Business Development Executive. This is a newly created position to better cater for the Association market which has recorded a 26 per cent rise in meetings held on the Gold Coast*. Natalie will be supporting our in-market reps Donna Kessler (NSW) and Sue Magi (Vic).

Natalie is an experienced sales and research professional with a strong background in the business events space. She has been with GCCEC for five years and during that time has excelled in building relationships and tailoring events that more than meet client briefs. Don’t hesitate to contact Natalie on (07) 5504 4182 or [email protected] for your next event.

*Destination Gold Coast’s 2018 Queensland Business Events Survey

World First Sustainability Award for Australian Convention Centres

Australia has reaffirmed its global sustainability leadership in the business events space with the Gold Coast Convention and Exhibition Centre (GCCEC) and Adelaide Convention Centre (ACC) becoming the first venues in the world to achieve the coveted EarthCheck Platinum Certification.

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It’s not too late to apply! The latest applications for the Gold Coast Convention and Exhibition Centre’s Linkage Grants Program are set to close on 30 September. The program, which offers academics up to $5000 to attend conferences, was opened up to two intakes a year in July. See the story of a former grant recipient and details on how to apply.


Source: Gold Coast Convention & Exhibition Centre