Adelaide secures business events as Convention Centre redevelopment progresses

30 May 2016

Premier Jay Weatherill

Adelaide has won the rights to host several major conventions as the next milestone in the $397 million redevelopment of the Adelaide Convention Centre is completed.

The South Australian Medical Health Research Institute, the new Royal Adelaide Hospital and redeveloped Adelaide Convention Centre, together with the state’s universities, have helped Adelaide become a destination of choice for business events.

The 9th Asia Oceania Conference on Obesity will be held at the Adelaide Convention Centre in 2017, with the Clinical Oncology Society of Australia’s 46th Annual Scientific Meeting to be held in 2019, and the 20th International Conference on Biological Inorganic Chemistry in 2021.

The three business events will bring approximately 2800 delegates to Adelaide.

They have been secured as glazing on the northern side of the East Building was completed revealing sweeping views of the River Torrens and city. The glazing work was completed by South Australian family owned business Reliable Glass.

More than $340 million in contracts have been awarded to local businesses working on the redevelopment since work began in 2011.

Background

In the 2015/16 State Budget, $5 million was invested in the State Government’s Convention Bid Fund.

The fund has so far delivered an economic impact of almost $190 million into South Australia’s visitor economy and has seen 41,050 delegates take part in 37 conventions.

More than 300 events and conferences – some attracting up to 1000 delegates – are scheduled for this year.
The redeveloped Adelaide Convention Centre will provide Adelaide with a world class facility to attract visitors and promote South Australia.

The West Building and Montefiore Boulevard opened to the public last year.

The East Building is replacing the original Plenary Building which was the home of the first Convention Centre in Australia in 1987.

The new multi-purpose, state-of-the-art facility has plenary capacity of up to 3,500 seats and is scheduled for completion in the second half of next year.

Quotes attributable to Premier Jay Weatherill

The redeveloped Adelaide Convention Centre is creating a hub for business, culture, education and entertainment in South Australia and is gaining a reputation as one the most sought-after event spaces in the country.

Conferences are an important part of the state’s economy and attract visitors from around the world. Last year, international visitors injected $900 million into our economy and helped us achieve our goal of making Adelaide a vibrant city where business’ thrive

The new and improved Adelaide Convention Centre is a key reason why South Australia has continued to move towards the top of the competitive global business tourism industry, bringing fresh energy and life to our city in the process.

Quotes attributable to Tourism Minister Leon Bignell

The hundreds of events and conferences scheduled for this year are expected to attract about 35,000 visitors from interstate and overseas, accounting for more than 100,000 bed nights in hotels.

Already 825 events have been hosted at the Convention Centre, since the opening of the West Building in March last year, including the prestigious Qantas Australian Tourism Awards, Dreamtime 2015, Corroboree Europe 2015 and the AFL Draft.

Convention delegates spend about $632 a day on average – money which flows into our restaurants, taxis, retail outlets and other small business operators.

Quotes attributable to Minister Transport and Infrastructure Stephen Mullighan

With more than $6 billion dollars of infrastructure projects underway or about to start this year, the Convention Centre redevelopment is one example of how the State Government is continuing to build South Australia.

More than 97 percent of contracts for the project have been awarded to local businesses since the redevelopment began in 2011, creating hundreds of jobs for South Australians.

At the height construction there were more than 400 workers on site and when complete, the redevelopment is expected to support more than 1200 South Australian jobs a year.

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