$176 million upgrade of Cairns Convention Centre announced

Published on : Friday, August 9, 2019

Queensland Government has announced U.S. Dollars 176 million upgrade of the award-winning Cairns Convention Centre. Harvey Lister, AEG Ogden Chairman and CEO said that the Government’s investment would deliver significant economic benefits to the Cairns economy over the next decade and beyond. As per him, not only will it enable the Centre to host additional events, it will enhance Cairns’ standing as a world leader in business events and tourist destination.




The Cairns Convention Centre has been operated by AEG Ogden since it opened in 1996. Twice named winner of the World’s Best Congress Centre (2004 and 2014), it will undergo a refurbishment of existing facilities and an expansion providing an additional 3,000 sqm of meeting, banquet  and exhibition space, overlooking Trinity Inlet.




Work is due to commence in June 2020 and is expected to be completed by November 2020 and expansion by 2021/22.





Mr. Lister said it was expected the new meeting spaces would add an additional U.S. Dollars 30 to U.S. Dollars 50 million economic impact to the region.




Conference growth in Tropical North Queensland has been restricted as the Centre cannot host two large conventions simultaneously during the convention season.





In 2018, venue bookings generated almost 134,000 room nights and contributed about U.S. Dollars 80 million in direct spending to the regional economy.




This upgrade and expansion will allow them to continue playing a significant role in bringing high yielding business event delegates to the region.



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