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INTELEC® International Conference Headed for the Gold Coast – supported by Tourism and Events Queensland

Posted on 25 August, 2016

The City of Gold Coast and the Gold Coast Convention and Exhibition Centre (GCCEC), part of the Star Entertainment Group, have been chosen to host the 2017 IEEE International Communications Energy Conference (INTELEC®), the premier forum for science and engineering of energy systems for Information and Communications Technologies.

More than 700 delegates are expected to converge on the Gold Coast in October, 2017 over five days exploring, deliberating and presenting the latest in communications power systems, energy storage and energy conversion.

The Centre works in close partnership with Gold Coast Business Events (GCBE), part of Gold Coast Tourism Corporation, to elevate and tirelessly promote Australia’s Gold Coast as the nation’s premier Business Events destination. The conducive collaboration bore yet another highly sought after win for the destination, having successfully trumped six competing venues across Australia and Singapore for hosting honours.

Director of Gold Coast Business Events, Anna Case, welcomed the announcement and said the Gold Coast is a destination in high demand for conferences and meetings.

“In cooperation with our industry partners, Gold Coast Business Events secured 27 national and international conferences for the Gold Coast in June, with an estimated economic impact of around $17 million for the local economy,” she said.

“The Gold Coast has an incredibly compelling offering for business events and GCCEC is a vital partner in positioning the city as a world-class destination for conferences,” Ms Case said.

The liquidity in economic benefit from international conferences stretches across the city, yielding profound delegate spend across accommodation, off-site attraction visitation, hospitality and leisure. Infrastructure including the G:link light rail network, refurbishment of Pacific Fair and major development in the Broadbeach precinct only strengthen the destination and the appeal of the Gold Coast to conference organisers and their delegates.

Pertinent to the continued growth of Australia’s largest regional city, the destinations ability to bid for, and successfully secure high profile international conferences and events requires the assistance not only of GCBE but that of Tourism and Events Queensland, through bid support and subvention which are critical elements of a host city’s bid process.

Minister for Tourism and Major Events Kate Jones said business events were a significant contributor to the local tourism economy.

“The Gold Coast welcomed more than 430,000 business-related visitors in the year to March 2016,” Ms Jones said.

“Events like INTELEC® 2017 further enhance the Gold Coast’s reputation as a premier business events destination.

“The Palaszczuk Government is proud to support INTELEC® 2017 through Tourism and Events Queensland and we look forward to welcoming visitors from all over the world to the Gold Coast."

With over 50 percent of the delegation travelling from the international community, this conference provides industry counterparts the opportunity to participate in technical presentation sessions, educational tutorials and workshops. The conference will also feature a comprehensive technical tour and social program for networking opportunities amongst industry peers.

Celebrating its 39th conferencing year in 2017, INTELEC® will be held from 22 – 26, October at the GCCEC.

As an industry-leading venue located within one of Australia’s most attractive tourism destinations, the GCCEC will continue to entice business events having injected over $1.9 billion into the local economy over the past 12 years.

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