Brisbane Convention & Exhibition Centre (BCEC) will host nine new exhibitions this year.

The centre’s busy exhibition calendar this year covers a diverse range of interests, from food and lifestyle to travel and entertainment, demonstrating a vibrant and healthy industry sector.

Exhibition and Event Association of Australasia (EEAA) chief executive, Joyce DiMascio said the association’s most recent ‘Market Monitor’ showed exhibitions are a strong dynamic within the business events sector.

“With the spotlight on Brisbane for the G20, it comes as no surprise that the city is becoming a drawcard for new exhibitions and events – Brisbane delivers a quality experience and it is a centre for economic growth.”

The new exhibitions opening up further consumer and trade show opportunities for Brisbane audiences include:

Convene Queensland, a brand new business events expo putting the state’s industry under the spotlight, will take place on July 29 showcasing all that Queensland has to offer – everything from the iconic to the less familiar in hotels, destinations, venues and attractions. The expo is attracting local buyers and buyers from other parts of Australia and New Zealand.

AWISA 2014 (Australian Woodworking Industry Suppliers Association), on August 6-9, will present everything from high quality, innovative woodworking products to entire kitchen fit outs with both local and international exhibitors taking part. This first time event for Brisbane is proving very popular with exhibitors and the industry generally.

On the entertainment and lifestyle scene, pop culture events Oz Comic-Con Brisbane (September 6-7) and Supanova 2014 (November 28-30) promise to attract thousands of fans, while the Queensland Police Expo (August 22-23) celebrating 150 years of police service in Queensland will showcase a fascinating history and be of special interest to Queenslanders.

Earlier in the year the centre welcomed The Brisbane Times City2South Fitness and Health Expo, the return of the ever popular Courier-Mail Home Show and for the first time, Mind, Body and Spirit Festival and Visual Impact Brisbane 2014.

Brisbane Convention & Exhibition Centre general manager, Bob O’Keeffe, said the recent increase in exhibition events was very pleasing and evidence of a healthy capacity for innovation and development within the industry.

“The value of exhibitions cannot be underestimated with benefits extending to all areas of the economy.

“For exhibitors and organisations involved they present a powerful face to face sales and marketing force,” he said.