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Brisbane secures 4500-strong Global Gathering

Flight Centre Travel Group’s annual incentive returns to Australia.

Brisbane has landed a major tourism windfall after being selected to host one of the world’s largest travel industry conferences, Flight Centre’s annual Global Gathering.

The region has been confirmed as the host destination for the Flight Centre Travel Group’s global conference in July 2020, an event that will bring up to 4500 travel consultants, executives and senior travel industry figures to the city and its surrounds.

The incentive event was secured by the Queensland Government through Tourism and Events Queensland and Brisbane City Council through Brisbane Marketing.

Brisbane Lord Mayor Adrian Schrinner says Flight Centre’s Global Gathering conference is set to deliver a AU$7 million economic boost and he looks forward to welcoming the company’s top achievers to its global headquarters.

“We’re confident that once the world’s leading travel professionals experience what Brisbane has to offer, they too will become advocates for our incredible city,” Schrinner says.

Flight Centre Travel Group managing director, Graham Turner, says the 2020 conference, set to take place on 10-12 July, will showcase the region to the company’s top achievers globally.

“The Global Gathering is the most important conference on our annual calendar and is a keenly anticipated event for our 20,000 people throughout the world,” Turner says.

“Brisbane is our global headquarters, so it’s fitting that we bring our people to the city to take part in this important event and to sample South-East Queensland’s world class features and attractions.

“The overwhelming majority of the delegates will be travel consultants and they will gain first-hand experience of these features and attractions and will then share that knowledge with their customers, opening the door to further tourism benefits long into the future.”

The Global Gathering, which was last held in Australia in 2001 (in Sydney), is sponsored by some of the world’s leading airlines and tour companies and attracts senior travel industry executives, along with high profile guest speakers. 

Keynote speakers at previous gatherings have included former United States president Bill Clinton, Andre Agassi, Michael J Fox and Gwyneth Paltrow. The 2019 Global Gathering was held in Las Vegas and featured Mark Wahlberg