PCO Association business partner to deliver GC2018 seating solution

exponet-3The Gold Coast 2018 Commonwealth Games Corporation (GOLDOC) has welcomed GL events ExpoNet Pty Ltd as an Official Supplier delivering temporary grandstand seating for the Gold Coast 2018 Commonwealth Games (GC2018).

Minister for the Commonwealth Games, Stirling Hinchliffe said GL events ExpoNet will deliver more than 60,000 temporary seats for use across 13 Games venues, complementing existing infrastructure and ensuring adequate seating for spectators to enjoy the sporting spectacular.

“With more than 1.5 million spectators expected at the Games, temporary seating will be critical to the successful staging of GC2018.

“It’s another great example of how the Commonwealth Games are delivering economic benefits to Queensland by using local business expertise,” he said.

GL events ExpoNet, General Manager, Shaun Rae, said the company was looking forward to delivering world class event solutions for the Games.

“ExpoNet is an Australian company based between the Gold Coast and Brisbane with support from other national facilities. ExpoNet is one of the largest, local suppliers in the Australian event industry and GL events is a worldwide leader of integrated solutions and management services, delivering high profile international major events such as the Sydney Olympics. Both companies jointly delivered the G20 in Brisbane.

“GC2018 is unique in terms of its size and scope but our professional team of project managers, designers and logistic experts from both parent organisations bring their experience from successfully delivering events such as the Rio and London Olympics and thousands of national events to deliver the seating requirements for GC2018,” Mr Rae said.
GOLDOC Chairman, Peter Beattie AC, said it was great to see local businesses and contractors benefitting from GC2018 opportunities.

“In fact, GL events ExpoNet was the only Australian business that submitted a tender for this work with all other bids from international firms.

“From a GOLDOC procurement perspective, over 70% of our contracts have been issued to businesses with a Gold Coast presence and 89% of our contracts have been issued to companies with a presence in Queensland.”
“This is in addition to the $606 million in construction contracts awarded for the venues and Games Village projects, from which $261 million have been awarded to Gold Coast contractors and a further $284 million to businesses in South East Queensland.

“As we get closer to GC2018 our focus moves from planning to delivery of an unforgettable global Games and this contract is crucial to shaping the experience for spectators and delivering the Games overlay requirements,” he said.
GOLDOC Chief Executive, Mark Peters, said this partnership is another example of how GC2018 is delivering on the promise of diverse and enduring economic growth bringing major economic benefits to the local area.
“This is a great opportunity for a local supplier to be a part of a high profile contract, but also to work with and learn from a world leader in temporary event structure.

“Temporary seating is a key part of many major sporting events. It will provide greater capacity to venues, improve comfort and not leave an unnecessary oversupply of underused seats post-Games,” Mr Peters said.
About GL events ExpoNet Pty Ltd

GL events ExpoNet is an Australian business partnership, drawing on the strength of local Queensland companies in combination with world-class international experience in event and exhibition solutions. ExpoNet is a 35-year-old Australian company with significant local operations.

GL events ExpoNet will draw further on local expertise through sub-contracting arrangements with numerous Gold Coast based companies, to deliver the temporary grandstand seating requirements for the Games.
Local company involvement in the delivery of the contract services will range from significant direct-subcontracted seating supply to the manufacturing of seating components and also specialist trade and general labour for seating installation, maintenance and removal purposes.

For more information:
Cobey Moore – 0447109772
Communication and Media Lead
Gold Coast 2018 Commonwealth Games Corporation (GOLDOC)

PCO Association Business Partners


PCOA delegates see the best of Brisbane

howard-smith-wharvesRave reviews about the food at the Brisbane Convention & Exhibition Centre and some excellent speakers was topped off with a night to remember at the Howard Smith Wharves for delegates at the PCOA conference.

Up to 400 delegates attending the conference were treated to a special preview of Howard Smith Wharves, one of the city’s up-and-coming event precincts.

Brisbane Marketing joined with Howard Smith Wharves to host a welcome function and showcase the unique riverfront development taking shape on the disused 1880s-era site under the iconic Story Bridge.

Opening in 2018, Howard Smith Wharves will house exhibition and event spaces, a craft brewery, an array of chic restaurants and an Art Series hotel. The Art Series Hotel Group inspired the delegate evening by displaying works from its properties.

Howard Smith Wharves development director, Luke Fraser, said he was pleased to showcase the precinct to PCOA Conference delegates.

“HSW will feature two unique indoor event spaces and a vast assortment of outdoor event spaces, from rooftop terraces to pop-up marquees and intimate private event spaces nestled amongst the cliffs,” he said.

A highlight of the presentations was a pixel-mapped projection show from Scene Change, the AV sponsor of the evening, which made the entire wall behind the stage fall away to reveal video views of how the precinct will look when fully developed.

Brisbane Convention Bureau general manager, Rob Nelson, said he was delighted to welcome PCOA Conference delegates to Brisbane.

“Brisbane is constantly evolving with new and unique venues, hotels and experiences and HSW is a shining example of quality infrastructure that will further enhance our already strong business events offering,” he said.

A full report on the PCOA Conference – including the incredible food at the BCEC and the speaker line-up – will be appearing in a future edition of micenet magazine.

PCO Association business partnerMicenet

Fresh Analysis of Australia’s International Business Events Industry

Fresh analysis of the business events industry has found delegates attending international meetings, incentives, conventions and exhibitions in Australia will spend more than $750 million across the next decade.

However, the analysis, which forms part of the industry’s forward calendar that has just been released by the Association of Australian Convention Bureaux (AACB), also shows there is still scope for growth.

“More than 360 international business events will be held through until September 2023, according to the AACB Forward Calendar,” said the Association’s Chief Executive Officer, Andrew Hiebl.

“More than 190,000 global experts, thought leaders and influencers will travel from overseas to attend these business events, with total delegate expenditure expected to top $750 million.

“The analysis found one in four business events attracted to Australia by the AACB’s members are in the health sector, while one in five business events attracted to Australia are in the professional, scientific and technical services sector.

“The analysis provides tangible evidence of how competitive the international business events market is – there were 235 bids that Australia made for business events across the next decade which were unsuccessful.

“International business events are an integral part of the visitor economy and play a vital role in lifting Australia’s knowledge base – they are platforms for innovation, ideas and new technology.”

Andrew Hiebl AFMEA | Chief Executive Officer
Association of Australian Convention Bureaux Inc