In the lead-up to the G20 summit in November, the Brisbane Convention and Exhibition Centre (BCEC) is as busy as ever, hosting back-to-back conferences worth $21 million to the local economy.

The world’s leading language and linguistic specialists descended on the BCEC this week for the 17th World Congress of the International Association of Applied Linguistics (AILA 2014).

The six-day AILA congress, which brings some 1400 delegates from 80 countries to Brisbane,  is one of 11 consecutive conferences hosted by the centre this month alone. In total, these events will attract some 7300 delegates to Brisbane, many for the first time, generating an estimated $21 million in economic benefit to Brisbane and Queensland.

As the busy scientific program of ALIA 2014 comes to a close, the 29th International Horticulture Congress, with its 3000-plus delegates, is the next event on the calendar (August 17 – 22).

This six-day congress and its accompanying 17 additional meetings embraces a number of interest sectors including agriculture, science, health and food and is expected to create considerable interest both in the scientific sectors and the community at large.

BCEC general manager Bob O’Keeffe said the centre had entered one of the busiest periods in the lead-up up to the G20 Leaders Summit with 260 events scheduled prior to the actual event.

“Planning has intensified in the lead-up to the G20 and we are looking forward to the opportunities this Summit represents for both the Centre and for Brisbane.”