August 16, 2021 | By Bronwen Largier

After holding the title of the best convention centre in the world between 2016 and 2018, Brisbane Convention and Exhibition Centre (BCEC) has been recognised as the runner-up in the 2020 award by the International Association of Congress Centres (AIPC).

The biennial AIPC APEX Award is based on client evaluations of venues’ performances.

In the survey conducted for the 2020 award period, eight in ten clients rated their experience with BCEC as excellent.

“This award is also recognition of the Centre’s dedicated and passionate team, and a true reflection of the Centre’s strong customer experience focus,” said BCEC’s General Manager Bob O’Keeffe AM.

“We would like to acknowledge our many loyal and long-term clients, and those who have steadfastly supported us through these past months during our recovery phase.

Queensland’s Premier Annastacia Palaszczuk offered her congratulations to the centre and flagged that the venue would play a part in Queensland’s recovery from the pandemic.

“Queensland’s reputation as a world class destination for major events is one reason our bid for the 2032 Olympic Games was so successful,” the Premier said.

“The quality of our venues like Brisbane Convention & Exhibition Centre is a strong selling point for Queensland.

“And thanks to the way Queenslanders have responded to the pandemic, we’re seeing our economy recover more quickly than other states.

“Brisbane Convention & Exhibition Centre has done a great job hosting COVID safe events throughout the pandemic. This recognition is well deserved.

“We support events because we know they’re vital when it comes to supporting local jobs and businesses. BCEC will continue to play an important role in our COVID-19 Economic Recovery Plan.”

The centre is currently offering up one of their exhibition halls as a COVID-19 vaccination hub, where 3,000 shots are being administered each day.

“This is Queensland’s road to recovery from COVID-19 and we will continue to support the Queensland Government in any way we can,” said O’Keeffe.

He said despite the Centre tracking well, recent lockdowns had again disrupted business, but believes expediating the vaccine rollout is key to the industry’s return to business.