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.