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GCCEC International Appeal Increases

GCCEC International Appeal Increases

Posted on 31 July, 2014

The Gold Coast Convention and Exhibition Centre (GCCEC) - Australia’s largest regional convention centre continues to gain notoriety attracting strong international interest with recent upgrades to the City’s transport infrastructure and a dynamic appeal that continues to entice business events with a smorgasbord of leisure and entertainment on offer.

Having recently celebrated ten years of operation the Centre has worked tirelessly on lifting and promoting the destinations profile in conjunction with industry partners such as Gold Coast Business Events (part of Gold Coast Tourism) through programs and joint efforts to appeal to an international audience. The partnership has resulted in many joint wins including the upcoming World Volunteer Conference which trumped Mexico City and set to bring 1,500 delegates and inject $3 million into the local economy.

Information retrieval specialists, world volunteers and finance experts are among some 4,000 international delegates who have or will converge on the Gold Coast this latter half of the year to attend conferences, network and share their expertise. These international conferences include SIGIR Conference (association for Computing Machinery's Special Interest Group on Information Retrieval), the 23rd International Association for Volunteer Effort (IAVE) World Volunteer Conference, and the World Credit Union Conference (WOCCU).

In September the GCCEC will host the highly anticipated International Congress and Convention Association (ICCA) Asia-Pacific Client/Supplier Business Workshop, in September of 2014. In an industry coup for the destination and the GCCEC, the 3-day event will welcome 15 ICCA members and their association clients to converge for a strictly B2B session.

The continuous focus of the GCCEC to improve its own product offering and benchmark at the highest of levels is why the venue has established an outstanding reputation for service excellence. Keeping abreast of the latest trends, providing the best infrastructure and technology is paramount. Competitive in the market as a boutique style of venue, the Centre provides services that event organisers love like free Wi-Fi for more than 2,000 concurrent internet users, in-house audio visual services and award-winning cuisine.

Additionally, the recent introduction of infrastructure to the City’s transport system in the form of a new Light Rail network has been designed to improve the connectivity between major activity centres. Conference delegates now have access to a wider range of accommodation options and incentive to explore other their areas of the Gold Coast. Delegates already have access to 3,000 accommodation options within walking distance of the Centre. Being able to hop onto the tram and travel to and from the Centre within ten minutes of famous Surfers paradise, links together more than 27,000 accommodation rooms within an 8km radius of the GCCEC. The ease of mobility using a world-class tram system perfectly complements the two international airports (Gold Coast and Brisbane) that service the region. 

What Our Clients Say

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!

Greg O’Neil
General Manager - Rural Merchandise CRT Rural Supplies