After months of limited event activity, the Gold Coast Convention and Exhibition Centre (GCCEC) is witnessing a surge in enquiry and bookings, including the confirmation of three international conferences this month.
The event industry took a sudden and enormous hit in February as COVID-19 forced mass gatherings to a standstill, leading government bodies and health experts to establish a roadmap to recovery.
For the sales team at the GCCEC, client conversations between February and August were largely around postponement, cancellation and force majeure.
But while fears around being physically close to others have not been ideal for the conferencing industry, venues have known the demand is still there and have developed and applied for approval of their COVID Safe plans.
GCCEC led the way for convention centre approvals, getting the go-head to operate under its Site-Specific Covid Safe Plan in June and has successfully run many events since, with guidelines and a checklist provided to incoming clients.
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