Cairns unveils expansion of convention and event spaces

The tropical North Queensland destination has a $176 million facelift.

The newly-renovated Cairns Convention Centre has opened its doors after a refurbishment and expansion of the venue.

The Queensland Government has invested $176 million in the centre in order to capitalise on the international business events sector.

The venue, operated by ASM Global, can now host multiple events at once and larger conferences that require multiple break-out spaces.

ASM Global (Asia Pacific) Chairman and CEO, Harvey Lister, said the expansion and refurbishment will deliver significant economic benefits to the local economy.

“The expansion will enhance Cairns’ standing as a world leader in hosting business events,”he said.

“Cairns Convention Centre is on track to host 160 events this financial year, including 60 conferences bringing more than 35,000 delegates to Cairns, delivering a visitor spend of over $100 million into the region.”

With an extra 10,000 sqm of meeting, banquet and exhibition space featuring room for 30 booths, 500 people in a banquet room, a 450-seat theatre and an outdoor terrace.

Cairns Convention Centre GM, Janet Hamilton, said delegates from around the world will be welcome to the venue, which is also fitted with the latest in AV equipment and contemporary light interiors.

“We are already receiving such positive reactions to the new spaces with clients impressed with the new contemporary design and light filled areas with our lush tropical rainforest in the background,” Ms Hamilton said.

“We sit at the heart of one of the world’s most beautiful destinations and great care and consideration was taken to bringing the natural environment into the Centre’s spaces. 

“From our lush tropical entry and open spaces with floor to ceiling windows, to our stunning Trinity banquet room and terrace with views across the inlet, the Centre showcases Cairns’ natural assets.”

Cairns Convention Centre

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