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Gold Coast Wins Major International Communication Conference 2020

Gold Coast Wins International Communication Conference 2020

Posted on 28 March, 2017

Leading communication experts from across the globe will descend on the Gold Coast in May 2020 to attend the 70th Annual International Communication Association (ICA) Conference. The conference is expected to attract over 2000 international delegates with the Gold Coast Convention and Exhibition Centre (GCCEC) set to welcome the delegation.

ICA is an academic association for scholars interested in the study, teaching and application of all aspects of human and mediated communication. The organisation was established more than 50 years ago as a small association of U.S. researchers and is now an international association with more than 4500 members in 80 countries.

Gold Coast Business Events, in partnership with Tourism and Events Queensland, coordinated a collaborative bid which had strong support from South East Queensland universities and was championed by business events Ambassador, Professor Terry Flew.

Anna Case, Director of Gold Coast Business Events said securing this event was a real coup for the Gold Coast and demonstrated the strong capabilities of the destination to host major international conferences. 

“The organisation had clearly defined criteria for host cities and aspects such as easy and affordable accessibility, world-class meeting facilities and reasonably priced accommodation were all critical in the decision. The host city also had to demonstrate the availability of a strong support team on the ground and our thriving local academic community were instrumental in demonstrating the spirit of cooperation between universities,” according to Ms Case.

TEQ Chief Executive, Leanne Coddington, said the ICA conference would showcase Queensland to an influential international audience.

“This is a significant business event on TEQ’s calendar which will bring thousands of delegates and profile Queensland amongst communications leaders from across the globe,” Ms Coddington said.

“Business events are an important part of our tourism economy and growing this portfolio is an integral component of TEQ’s long term events strategy.”

As the regions premier events venue, the GCCEC was instrumental in providing support to the collaborative bid. The size of the conference, the world-class facilities and the location of the venue added to the appeal of the destination.

GCCEC General Manager, Adrienne Readings said the Centre is pertinent to the continued growth of Australia’s largest regional city.

“We continue to work in conjunction with industry partnerships to increase the profile of Australia’s Gold Coast in the lucrative business events market. This is in line with our venue objective to attract more large scale national and international conferences,” added Ms Readings.

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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.

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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.

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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!

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