By Brad Foster

All the talk about no meetings or events taking place hasn’t been the case at the Brisbane Convention & Exhibition Centre in the past few months, with the centre notching up 37 events and 12,000 guests.

As one of the first convention centres to reopen in Australia after devising a comprehensive COVID Safe Plan approved by Queensland Health and built around the ASM Global VenueShield protocol, the BCEC has hosted a range of events including dinners, breakfasts, graduations, meetings, exhibitions and soon the AFL Grand Final Lunch for 2200 guests.

Equally as exciting is it has 136 bookings through to the end of the year, six of which are conferences.

BCEC GM Bob O’Keeffe said the forward bookings are encouraging “however, we remain mindful that the current environment has created unique challenges which is why we continue to work in partnership with clients and remain flexible in regard to their operational and organisational needs.”

“We are encouraged by the recent easing of regulations in Queensland allowing the hosting of events at 50 per cent of our seated capacities and the lifting of restrictions on eating and drinking at stand up events and we very much look forward to the easing of border closures across the country in the not too distant future and being able to welcome all our interstate clients back to Queensland,” Mr O’Keeffe said.

“The centre works closely with Queensland Health advisors in the delivery of its’s approved Site Specific COVID-19 Safe Plan which incorporates the deployment of specially trained COVID Controllers and Ambassadors to assist with events. The centre’s Safe Event Guideline for clients is integrated with Venue Shield, the environmental hygiene protocol developed by the centre’s parent group, ASM Global and rolled out at 325 venues worldwide.

“BCEC will continue to collaborate with the industry’s representative organisations ensuring both a strong national as well as state focus remains on the challenges faced by the sector particularly in recovery phase.”