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Stand Number: B320
Destination Gold Coast
Inspiring, energetic and exciting - business events on Australia’s Gold Coast offer the opportunity to experience a vibrant international city with a beachside lifestyle.

The Gold Coast is incredibly appealing as a destination, with an enticing blend of experiences, pristine beaches, rainforests and a sub-tropical climate attracting record delegate numbers.

We are a city in high demand for business events, offering exceptional value for money with highly competitive rates. As Australia’s sixth largest city, we’re also in the enviable position of being able to offer the high service standards and world-class venues usually associated with a large international city, with the benefits of an easily accessible, compact destination.

Partnering with an industry leader and prominent sustainable venue – the Gold Coast Convention and Exhibition Centre offers world-class facilities specialising in personalised and bespoke events. Cutting-edge technology, audio visual, culinary and event management expertise are highlights at the Centre.

Coupled with a central location in the heart of the Broadbeach dining and entertainment precinct and within walking distance of 3,000 accommodation rooms. The strength of the boutique venue ensures a tailored style of service, catering for 10 to 6,000 guests.

Featuring a 6,000 seat Arena, 4 Exhibition Halls, 22 Meeting Rooms and 10,000 sqm of ground floor exhibition space, this modern facility is equipped with the latest in infrastructure, free Wi-Fi and internationally recognised sustainable credentials in the form of EarthCheck Platinum certification – a first for convention centres worldwide.
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Suite N301 Oracle North 12 Charles Avenue Broadbeach Queensland 4218



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Gold Coast has recorded a positive upward trend towards association meetings, with figures released revealing a 19 per cent increase for the twelve months to 30 June 2018.

Data compiled for the Queensland Business Events Survey (QBES*) has indicated that 313 associations met on the Gold Coast in the last financial year, up significantly from the 263 conferences recorded in the previous twelve months.

Anna Case, Executive Director of Business Events, said the city appeals to associations because of the diverse offering of the destination and the welcoming warmth extended to delegates when they meet on the Gold Coast.

“Tourism and hospitality is in our DNA on the Gold Coast, and our industry partners know how to deliver an exceptional business event.

“Our world-class welcome is delivered with down-to-earth hospitality and association delegates also enjoy our coastal lifestyle, professional meeting venues and memorable experiences the city offers for conferences,” she said.

The positive results look set to continue, with conferences confirmed in recent months representing an estimated economic impact of over $3.5m for the Gold Coast.

Associations who have recently selected the Gold Coast to host their conference include:

- Australian Archaeological Association
- 400 delegates in 2019
- 28th World Congress for Medical Law
- 400 delegates in 2022
- National Franchise Convention
- 500 delegates in 2019
- 9th World Rett Syndrome Congress
- 350 delegates in 2020
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9th April 2019



Gold Coast has claimed a large stake of Queensland’s business events market as latest figures reveal an upward trend for meetings over the last financial year.

The QBES* results released today show the Gold Coast attracts 44 per cent of all conferences in Queensland.

Destination Gold Coast CEO Annaliese Battista said the results are a clear indication the city delivers a consistent and compelling offer for business events.

“The latest data reaffirms the Gold Coast’s business events market share continues to be propelled by a combination of world-class infrastructure, diverse experiences and increased accessibility - in the heart of Australia’s holiday playground,” said Ms Battista.

“The Gold Coast rates highly in delivering this mix, with the added bonus of stunning beaches and rainforests in one of the most ideal climates in the world.”

The survey also highlights higher average delegate numbers per meeting for those attending Gold Coast conferences.

“The Gold Coast is a city delegates hope their company or association choose for their next meeting, with 14 per cent more delegates on average signing up for a conference in our city,” she said.

The Gold Coast already boasts the longest stay by business events delegates in Queensland, accounting for 3.1 days in the region.

“The results reflect the confidence and proactive approach of the city and industry partners to constantly reinvent our tourism and business events offering.”


*The Queensland Business Events Survey (QBES) is compiled by Queensland Treasury for Tourism Events Queensland.

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9th April 2019



The International Association for Suicide Prevention (IASP) has announced the Gold Coast has been selected to host its 31st World Congress in 2021.

The Congress will bring together around 800 mental health professionals, academics, crisis workers, teachers and suicide survivors from around the world.

Destination Gold Coast CEO Annaliese Battista said it was the first time the global congress would convene on the Gold Coast.

“Securing this event is a testament to the capabilities of the city to deliver world-class, large-scale business events in the heart of Australia’s playground. It also highlights the appeal of Gold Coast’s growing health and innovation sector,” said Ms Battista.

“The distinctive winning mix of conference infrastructure, delegate experiences, service and our climate, continue to entice prominent business events to the region.

“It’s encouraging to see more associations and multi-disciplinary medical and health conferences, choosing to align with the Gold Coast and its burgeoning reputation as Australia’s progressive hub for medicine, health and innovation.”

IASP is dedicated to preventing suicidal behaviour and alleviating its effect through a network of professionals and volunteers from over 80 countries.

Announcing the decision to meet on the Gold Coast, Professor Jane Pirkis, a psychologist and epidemiologist based at the University of Melbourne in Australia and one of IASP’s Vice Presidents, said the Congress is an important forum to examine advances in suicide prevention, research and support.

“This Congress will discuss evidence-based research, best practice and suicide prevention measures, bringing together networks to share knowledge and skills,” said Professor Pirkis.

The Congress returns to Australia for the first time since 1997, with the organisation citing the appeal of the Gold Coast to international delegates as a major drawcard in the decision.

“The Gold Coast Convention and Exhibition Centre is the perfect fit for our event, and the compact nature of the city means our delegates can experience so much of the Australian lifestyle, within walking distance of the venue,” she said.

“As a host city, the Gold Coast bid offered an intimate and holistic approach to accommodating our Congress, which is highly valued by our organisation.”

“The bid was a collaborative effort, with strong local support from Griffith University, Australian Institute for Suicide Research and Prevention (AISRAP), as well as the backing of Tourism and Events Queensland, Destination Gold Coast and Gold Coast Convention and Exhibition Centre.”

Tourism Industry Development Minister Kate Jones welcomed the announcement. “The Gold Coast has stamped its event hosting abilities on the world through the Commonwealth Games, and securing international events such as these demonstrates the confidence around the globe in this destination,” Ms Jones said.

“The beauty of the Gold Coast as a business event host is that delegates can extend their stay or enjoy iconic tourism experiences in between conference commitments.

“The Queensland Government, through Tourism and Events Queensland’s Business Events Acquisition and Leveraging Fund, is proud to support such events because they drive significant economic benefit for the state and in this case, address vital issues that affect society.”

The Congress will be held from 21- 24 September 2021 at the Gold Coast Convention and Exhibition Centre.

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21st May 2019


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