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Cairns Convention Centre set for upgrade and expansion

AU$176 million project will allow centre to host concurrent events.

Cairns Convention Centre, operated by AEG Ogden since it opened in 1996, will undergo a refurbishment of existing facilities and an expansion providing an additional 3,000 sqm of meeting, banquet and exhibition space.

Work is due to commence in June 2020 with the AU$176 million (US$119 million) refurbishment to be completed by November 2020 and expansion by 2021/22.

AEG Ogden Chairman and CEO, Harvey Lister, says the new meeting spaces will deliver significant economic benefits to the Cairns economy.

“One of the main selling points going forward will be the ability of the Cairns Convention Centre to host multiple events at the same time, ie a basketball game and a convention or two conventions,” he says.

“Conference growth in Tropical North Queensland has been constrained as a result of the centre not being able to accommodate two large conventions simultaneously during the convention season.

“This expansion by Government will largely resolve those constraints, opening up additional economic benefits and tourism opportunities for Cairns and Tropical North Queensland.”

Under general manager, Janet Hamilton’s leadership, the centre is currently developing a sales and marketing strategy focusing on national and international clients particularly in Europe, North America and the Asia-Pacific region.