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GCCEC connects academics through Linkage Grant program

Posted on 02 September, 2016

The Gold Coast Convention and Exhibition Centre (GCCEC), part of the Star Entertainment Group, is calling for applicants to partake in the FY17 GCCEC Linkage Grant Program worth a total of $25,000.

Now in its fifth year, the program run by the GCCEC will seek to award five, $5,000 grants to South-East Queensland’s academic and professional sector.

The annual program supports individuals who are prepared to work with a bid team to attract and secure conferences for the Centre, thereby delivering economic and social benefit to the Gold Coast.

Academic and professional staff from all disciplines and areas of interest are encouraged to apply, with the grant structured to enrich professional development, via funded attendance at correlating international conferences.

GCCEC Director of Sales Michelle Mann believes the Linkage Grant Program has bolstered working relationships between top academics and the Centre, resulting in an increase in international conference business.

“Our relationships have fostered more opportunities and there’s an increased appetite for international conferences who continue to be enticed by our destination.

“Last year, the Centre injected more than $18 million in economic benefit to the region, generated from international conference business alone.

“International conferences and events are looking for local chairpersons and associations to host gatherings and meetings. The Linkage Grant Program provides us with a means to introduce and establish key relationships between international and local associations, whilst investing in the professional development of the city’s academics,” Mann said.

Each grant covers expenses associated with travel, accommodation and registration to the maximum value of the award.

“Applicants are highly motivated to host an international event and truly showcase what a progressive city we live and work in. We are excited to work with our recipients for mutually beneficial outcomes,” added Mann.

An instrumental contributor to the success of the regions tourism sector, the GCCEC continues to deliver record results including its best fiscal performance for a fourth consecutive year.

APPLICATIONS CLOSE FRIDAY 31 MARCH 2017. Winners to be announced in May 2017.

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I have conducted two major formal dinners at GCCEC for approx 700 people each time, the more recent of these being held in March 2015. I am completely satisfied with all aspects of working with GCCEC and their performance in presenting our function. They were completely professional and were willing to do things exactly the way I wanted them done, even meeting some unusual requirements. When I requested to make layout changes only hours before the dinner the request was accommodated immediately and with professional ease. The dinner was an alternate drop three course full service meal with drinks package, and it was without a doubt the best formal dinner I have ever attended. I have managed many similar dinners in the past but this dinner achieved by far the best result, it was the easiest to organise and to then manage on the night. Our GCCEC functions manager was a competent and willing professional who achieved an absolutely flawless event. I am still trying to understand how the catering staff were able to prepare almost 700 perfectly cooked and presented meals and get them to the tables whilst still hot. An excellent event perfectly presented by cheerful and competent professional staff.

Bruce Schmidtchen
Chairman, 5RAR Assoc Inc 50th Anniversary Reunion Committee

We have held our major event, the Conference of Major Superannuation Funds (CMSF), at the GCCEC on six occasions since it opened in 2004. Through holding our event at the GCCEC we have established a terrific relationship with the venue. Each and every staff member works tirelessly to ensure that our event is run to the highest calibre. Any task, no matter how little or large is undertaken to ensure our expectations are met and our event is delivered successfully.

AIST Events Team

It’s the small things that make such a big difference. My organisation has held its conference annually at GCCEC since 2008, during which I’ve experienced unparalleled service. I continue to be amazed by the dedication, friendliness and professionalism of all staff – be it sales and event management to back of house and floor staff. They know my event inside and out, making the experience seamless. I have thoroughly enjoyed each and every conference I’ve held here!

Marika MacKenzie
Communications Manager, Optometry Queensland Northern Territory

You guys did it again! It is such a pleasure to work with a dedicated, proactive and friendly team. Your can-do attitude, your attention to detail and your willingness to try something new all help to make our lives easier and to keep our event fresh and interesting. Once again, the food was superb and the level of service provided by everyone at the centre was exceptional.

Julie Hood
Director Events Australian Petroleum Production & Exploration Association

There is no doubt that next time we need to be ‘creative’ on the Gold Coast; the GCCEC is the only venue we’d choose. No matter how difficult or unusual our demands prior to the event, nothing proved impossible for you and during the conference your professionalism and attention to detail ensured that everything ran without a hitch enabling us to focus properly on the job in hand. Last, but not least, the catering was superb!

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