AEG Ogden Chairman and CEO, Harvey Lister has
welcomed the Queensland government’s announcement of a $176
million upgrade of the award-winning Cairns Convention Centre.
Mr. Lister said the government’s investment would
deliver significant economic benefits to the Cairns economy over
the next decade and beyond.
“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,” he said.
The centre, which has been
operated by AEG Ogden since it opened in 1996 will
undergo a refurbishment of existing facilities and an expansion
providing an additional 3,000 square metres of meeting, banquet
and exhibition space, overlooking Trinity Inlet.
Work is due to commence in June 2020 with the refurbishment 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 $30 to $50 million economic impact to the
“One of the main selling points going
forward will be the ability of the Cairns Convention Centre to
host multiple events at the same time, ie a basketball game and a
convention or two conventions. Conference growth
in Tropical North Queensland has been constrained as a result of
the centre not being able to accommodate two large conventions
simultaneously during the convention season. This
expansion by government will largely resolve those constraints,
opening up additional economic benefits and tourism opportunities
for Cairns and Tropical North Queensland,” he said.
The Cairns Convention Centre is currently developing a sales and
marketing strategy focusing on national and international clients
particularly in Europe, North America and the Asia Pacific region.
“It’s important we continue building upon the momentum
being generated at the centre. In 2018, venue
bookings generated almost 134,000 room nights and contributed
about $80 million in direct spending to the regional economy. This upgrade and expansion will allow us to continue
playing a significant role in bringing high yielding business
event delegates to the region,” Mr. Lister said.