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Brisbane secures £42m in conferences

Convention bureau confirms 61 business events and conferences in 2016/17, worth £13m more than previous year

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Brisbane’s economy will receive an estimated AUD$70 million (£42m) injection over the coming years thanks to "significant" conferences and business events secured by the city’s convention bureau.

The Brisbane Convention Bureau, which sits within the city’s economic development board Brisbane Marketing, attracted 61 national and international conferences in the 2016/17 financial year. They include Horticulture Connections 2018, SIGGRAPH Asia 2019, the World Mining Congress 2021, and the World Down Syndrome Congress 2022. Incentive events include Herbalife’s 2017 Future President’s Team Retreat and Tourism Australia’s international showcase Dreamtime 2017.

Brisbane Convention Bureau acting general manager Juliet Alabaster said the confirmed business was an additional $13 million (£8m) worth of conferences and events compared to the previous financial year.

Alabaster added: "Brisbane’s reputation for leading medical research and talent continues to draw conferences to the city. Events are also strongly represented across the creative industries, professional services and education, while our profile as an incentive destination is growing."

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