May 6, 2021

Brisbane is set to host the Asia Pacific Congress on Computational Mechanics (APCOM) in 2025, bringing some of world’s top minds in engineering, science and mathematics to Queensland.

The win comes after a successful bid collaboration between Brisbane Convention and Exhibition Centre (BCEC), Queensland University of Technology (QUT), Tourism and Events Queensland and Brisbane Economic Development Agency, beat out competition from Hong Kong and South Korea.

BCEC and Brisbane have secured 17 international meetings in the last year across health, science, technology, agriculture, mining and social welfare, which are expected to deliver 20,000 delegates to Brisbane with an estimated $52.5 million in direct expenditure for the Queensland economy.

The team at BCEC recently confirmed two large international bid wins expected to attract 8,000 and 2,000 delegates respectively, offering some much-needed optimism for the industry.

BCEC General Manager, Bob O’Keeffe said the recent bid win activity was encouraging and an expression of guarded confidence about Australia from the international market.

‘‘On the home front, we are also witnessing an upswing in general enquiries and bookings,” he said.

“We are cautiously optimistic that the industry is in the early stages of a post-COVID recovery and BCEC is one of the best placed venues in the country to take advantage of the improving business environment.”