Convene Q – PCOs can register now


A business events expo dedicated to Queensland will give PCOs and other meeting and function planners an opportunity to access a diverse range of products, services and relevant information around the state in one and under one roof.

Designed as a boutique expo, Convene Q will have a Queensland for Queenslanders focus while at the same time welcoming PCOs and other qualified hosted buyers from around Australia and New Zealand.

PCOs based in southeast Queensland can register here:

PCOs from outside southeast Queensland can apply to be hosted buyers here:

Being held at the Brisbane Convention & Exhibition Centre on July 29, Convene Q is attracting interest from convention bureaux and regional tourist offices, offsite venues, accommodation providers, speakers bureaux, offsite function venues, and activity and attraction operators.

Stu Freeman, director of Convene Q organiser ProMag Publishing, says the key to Convene Q will be the ability to really drill down on the detail for a Queensland event.

‘Obviously it is important to us to have the key, larger players in the Queensland industry exhibiting and we already have names such as the Gold Coast Convention and Exhibition Centre, Brisbane Marketing, QT resorts and many others confirmed. But on top of that we have exhibitors who are not so likely to be at the large national events. For example, we have just welcomed Ipswich City’s business events brand Destination Ipswich. Added to that we have exhibitors such as the Explore Group, which offers sailing experiences out of the Whitsundays.’

Freeman says interest is heating up as the expo gets closer and a large number of new exhibitors are expected to be announced over the next week or two.

Professional conference organisers keen to attend should sign up now and we will make sure they are updated on progress with the expo.

Sue goes out on a high

RNAAfter announcing her retirement on the first anniversary of the Royal International Convention Centre, General Manager Venue Sales and Marketing, Sue Hocking is confident she is leaving on a high note.

I am so proud of my team at the Royal ICC. The first year is hard in any business, but particularly in the convention centre business.

Despite this, in our first nine months of operation we attracted 130,000 people to the venue and held 126 events, including three international conferences.

The team delivered exceptional and cohesive service. It’s this service excellence coupled with our unique conference facilities that has secured repeat and new business for Brisbane’s newest convention centre.

I am thrilled to report that the team is tracking well against its targets for 2014, having already achieved more than 80 per cent of its 2014 budget just two months into the year.

What I find most appealing about this state-of-the-art facility is the beautiful character-rich design which celebrates the building’s history through the conservation and enhancement of the existing heritage facades built in 1937; and a modern interpretation of the previous saw-tooth roof profile.

The Royal ICC used lovingly restored timber from the original Industrial Pavilion along with timber sourced locally from large ironwood trees.

Another big point of difference for us is our direct connection to Queensland’s top producers through the Royal Queensland Food and Wine Show. We’ve been able to really benefit from this direct relationship with the country’s award-winning producers by using their produce to design some of the most delicious menus for our clients. Aged Granite Belt beef is a regular on the menu and a favourite of mine.

This is an exciting time for the Brisbane Showgrounds which is evolving into a colourful mixed use urban precinct through the RNA’s $2.9 billion redevelopment with joint venture partner Lend Lease. It is just going to get better and better.

I am looking forward to watching on from afar, while I tend to my garden, sip wines from the McLaren Vale wine region and ponder the next stage in my life.