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BCEC hosts back to back conferences worth $21 million

The world’s leading language and linguistic specialists will descend on the Brisbane Convention & Exhibition Centre (BCEC) this week for the 17th World Congress of the International Association of Applied Linguistics (AILA 2014).
Attracting some 1400 delegates from 80 countries, the six day Congress will discuss and debate topics around the theme ‘One World, Many Languages’. Organisers say Australia is the ideal destination for the congress with more than 200 Aboriginal languages and a multi -cultural society.

Brisbane Convention & Exhibition Centre has been working with the World Congress organisers since 2007, having supported them to prepare their bid and presentation in the lead up to them winning the bid in 2009.

The Congress is one of 11 back to back conferences hosted by the Centre during the month of August bringing some 7,300 delegates to Brisbane, many for the first time, generating an estimated $21 million in economic benefit to Brisbane and Queensland.

In the past five years the Centre has doubled the number of conferences it hosts each year, with 123 in the 2014/15 Financial Year calendar including the G20 Leaders Summit in November.

As the busy scientific program of ALIA 2014 comes to a close, with its 1018 oral papers, 222 posters, 32 workshops and 56 symposia, the 29th International Horticulture Congress 17th -22nd August with its 3,000 plus delegates is the next event on the calendar.

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.”

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