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GCCEC Wins Bronze at 2018 Qld Tourism Awards

Posted on 16 November, 2018

The Gold Coast Convention and Exhibition Centre (GCCEC) has been recognised as a venue of excellence at the annual Queensland Tourism Awards.

The Broadbeach property won bronze in the Business Event Venue category tonight.

The Gold Coast Convention and Exhibition Centre General Manager Adrienne Readings said the Business Event Venue category was hotly contested with 10 entries this year.

 “To be awarded bronze is certainly an honour, given the variety and calibre of other entrants across the state,” she said.

 “We work extremely hard to make all events smooth, seamless and successful. More importantly, our ultimate goal is to make them memorable.

 “Tonight’s award is a true reflection of the work our whole team do every day. Every single one of them contribute in their own way so I thank them for their dedication.”

 Ms Readings congratulated Empire Conference Centre Rockhampton for winning silver and the Novotel Twin Waters Resort for winning gold.

 The Gold Coast Convention and Exhibition Centre hosted a string of high quality and challenging business events across a range of industries during the qualifying period.

 “We are very proud to be a major contributor to Business Event tourism in Queensland, Ms Readings said.

 “Last financial year, $372M was injected into the Queensland economy as a direct result of events held at our venue. We buy local, trade locally and invest in the industry to ensure it grows and remains strong.”

 The Centre is unique, in that it’s a boutique venue that allows flexibility in its use of conference facilities, catering from as few as 10 people up to 6,000 delegates in 10,000m2 of exhibition space. Its adaptability allows for not only conferences, exhibitions and banquets but concerts, special events and sporting fixtures – including netball and basketball games that attracted almost 100,000 fans for the Gold Coast 2018 Commonwealth Games, as well as 300 international media.

On the back of those successful Games and interest in the region as a tourism and business events venue, the Centre is working with the Queensland State Government on an extension. The expansion will meet the increasing demand for larger spaces and concurrent sessions during national and international conventions and incentives.


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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