By Exhibition and Event Association of Australasia, 8 May, 2013

It is official – the Gold Coast Convention and Exhibition Centre (GCCEC) is the Best Meeting Venue in Australia taking out the major venue award at this year’s Meetings and Events Australia (MEA) National awards.
Dazzling at the industry’s night of nights in Darwin this week, the GCCEC reclaimed its top spot on the mantle against a highly competitive national field of standout venues, highlighting the Centre’s exceptional performance on the back of its most successful year since opening in 2004.
The GCCEC plays a major part in the leisure tourism sector hosting a plethora of business, lifestyle, entertainment and sporting events attracting thousands of domestic and international visitors. Not surprising, in the period of review (2011 – 2012 financial year) the Centre contributed to a strong economic injection into the Queensland economy of $284 million – a 17 per cent jump on the previous financial year.
GCCEC’s General Manager Adrienne Readings said the accolade categorically reaffirms the Centre’s position as a market leader in the MICE sector.
“As Australia’s largest regional convention centre, the GCCEC has once again proved that the nation’s top leisure destination is also a favoured business destination.”
 “It’s such an honour to be named the best venue. It demonstrates to the industry that our world-class venue coupled with a truly stunning destination is a winner – for the Centre, the Gold Coast and for the Queensland economy.”
“In 2010 the Centre was inducted into MEA’s Hall of fame in this very category and to once again be recognised demonstrates that we work well as a team to deliver excellence beyond expectations.”
Ms Readings believes the Centre’s reputation as the premier conference and events destination is well deserved because of the talented staff that remain key to contributing to the venue’s ongoing success.
“This award acknowledges the hard work and professionalism demonstrated by our staff,” she added.
“We pride ourselves on offering the upmost in customer service by delivering cutting-edge facilities, innovation in event management, design and catering.”
“Our clients enjoy our unique blend of flexible space catering to 10 to 6,000 visitors, our service and imagination.”
More than 1.79 million people have attended 1,818 meetings or events at the GCCEC since it opened. The Centre continues to host a mix of leisure and business tourism events attracting thousands of local, interstate and international visitors each year. 
The hotly contested awards are the premier accolade for best industry management practice and outstanding performance in the Australian meetings and business events industry.

Source: Gold Coast Convention & Exhibition Centre