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February 3, 2012

BCEC on Grey Street open for business

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Twelve months to the day after the Brisbane Convention & Exhibition Centre (BCEC) reopened for business after last January’s floods, the Centre’s highly anticipated BCEC on Grey Street extension was officially opened on Wednesday by Queensland’s Minister for Finance, Natural Resources and The Arts, Rachel Nolan (pictured with South Bank Corporation chairman Steve Wilson), standing in for Premier Anna Bligh. 

Predicted heavy rain and flooding across South East Queensland failed to put a dampener on the event, despite the Premier being called away to liaise with the Disaster Management Group, with around 300 guests attending the ceremony. 

The Minister said that the opening of the five level, $140m boutique expansion was further confirmation of Brisbane’s spirited determination to recover and rebuild. 

 With its first event scheduled for mid-February, BCEC on Grey Street already has more than 290 bookings, including confirmed conventions which will generate in excess of $70M in economic benefit to Brisbane and Queensland.

With the completion of the 25,000 square metre development, Brisbane Convention & Exhibition Centre is now equal in size to Australia’s largest convention venue and based on enquires is forecasting a minimum additional 300 events on top of the 1,000 events it hosts annually. The expansion of the Centre’s facilities to a total of 44 meeting rooms including three stand alone tiered auditoria means it has the flexibility to host events catering for eight to 8000 guests.   

After a tour of the new facilities, guests at the BCEC on Grey St opening were able to experience an event at the Centre first-hand, joining other guests at the 2012 Australia Day lunch, featuring entertainment by Paulini, tap act Raw Metal and local Brisbane talent the David Spicer Trio with Bec Laughton, as well as a keynote address by former Wallaby and bestselling author Peter FitzSimons. 

The opening coincided with Premier Bligh calling a State election for March 24.

Bigger and better: BCEC extension opens

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