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Major Development Driving Business to the Gold Coast

Major Development Driving Business to the Gold Coast

Posted on 25 January, 2016

The Gold Coast Convention and Exhibition Centre (GCCEC), part of the STAR Entertainment Group continues to be a focal point for business events. The Centre is well placed to soak up the wave of confidence that is transfixing the City of Gold Coast thanks to a flurry of investment in infrastructure and major development ahead of the 2018 Gold Coast Commonwealth Games.

Enhancing the city in readiness for the 2018 Gold Coast Commonwealth Games (GC2018) is a high priority, and with 28 major development projects given the green light, the city skyline is rapidly evolving.

Announced last year, the Broadbeach dining and entertainment precinct, conveniently located within walking distance of the Centre, is set to undergo a major upgrade. The multi-million dollar facelift further emphasises the family–orientated ambiance which appeals to conference organisers and delegates that like to stay and holiday post conference.

Continued investment in the region is set to further complement the $350m redevelopment of GCCEC’s sister property Jupiters Hotel and Casino and with two nearby shopping centre’s also being overhauled - Broadbeach continues to offer the perfect blend of business and leisure.

In one of Australia’s fastest growing cities, the Centre remains an economic powerhouse generating $200 million annual stimulus for the wider city. Ongoing investment in the region is also reflective of GCCEC’s continued success, having recently celebrated its best fiscal year on record for a third consecutive year. 

There is a wave of confidence resinating with investors and developers right through to government, none more so than the recent funding of Stage 2 of the light rail, according to GCCEC General Manager, Adrienne Readings.

“Connecting to heavy rail has further solidified the destination as an easy city in which to work and conference by providing a convenient gateway for travel, which has proved popular for many of our business events.”

As an industry-leading venue located within one of Australia’s most attractive tourism destinations, the Broadbeach master plan ensures the precinct remains a thriving and dynamic catalyst for enticing business events and hosting major public events pre and post GC2018.


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