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August 4, 2012

BCEC welcomes G20 announcement

Brisbane Convention & Exhibition Centre (BCEC) (pictured) general manager Bob O’Keeffe has welcomed the announcement that the G20 Leaders Summit will be held at the Centre in November 2014.

The Summit will see leaders and finance ministers from 20 nations, representing more than 85 per cent of global economic output, descend on Brisbane to discuss global economic matters. Joining the international leaders will be key officials from the United Nations, the World Bank, the World Trade Organisation and the International Monetary Fund.




With trade and labour conferences to precede the G20 conference, about 7000 people are expected to attend including 3000 accredited media. 

Making the announcement, Prime Minister Julia Gillard cited the Centre’s facilities as a major factor in the decision to award the event to Brisbane, calling it “a fantastic facility”.  

According to O’Keeffe, hosting the G20 Leaders Summit will place the city at the centre of world events.

“This is a unique opportunity to showcase Brisbane’s credentials as an international business destination as well as the world class facilities of the Convention Centre and the city’s infrastructure,” he said, adding that both the city and the Centre have a history of hosting large scale international events.

The event is also expected to give the city an economic boost. An independent study of the Seoul G20 in 2010 found South Korea enjoyed economic benefits of about $20 billion including new infrastructure, accommodation, global tourism promotions and awareness as well as additional conferences being booked before and after the Summit.

The decision to host the 2014 G20 Summit in Brisbane sparked a wave of controversy last week, with several prominent figures in New South Wales saying Sydney should have been chosen to showcase Australia to the world.

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