BCEC Expansion Officially Opens
The Brisbane Convention & Exhibition Centre (BCEC) has officially unveiled its latest US$149 million expansion. Managed by international venue management group, AEG Ogden, the venue was expanded by 25,000 square meters and will provide more than 50 percent of additional convention space. Management are expecting a minimum of 300 additional events will be held annually, in addition to the 1,000 existing events held at BCEC each year.
Located in the central business district on Grey Street, the expanded BCEC now consists of 44 meeting rooms, which includes three stand-alone tiered auditoria. BCEBC expects the expansion will generate around 100 additional full time equivalent employees at the venue. BCEC will hold its first event in the expanded venue in mid-February, and reportedly has holding bookings for a further 292 events.
Bob O’Keeffe, general manager of BCEC, said, “The addition of Grey Street to the Centre’s existing resources generates a robust dynamic into the ultra competitive global market mix. The boutique nature of Grey Street is proving attractive to international and national meeting planners, with bookings exceeding targets.”