Case Study – PCOA Conference drives engagement through competition

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Well, not exactly… sometimes people need a little push.

Read on to find out how 2016’s PCOA Conference used friendly competition to drive engagement.

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Works start on Howard Smith Wharves revitalisation

Howard Smith 8.6.17“For many decades Howard Smith Wharves have been sitting disused, however, this dynamic project will unlock the historically significant site’s full potential as an entertainment and lifestyle precinct,” Cr Quirk said.

“This development, undertaken by successful tenderer The Howard Smith Wharves (HSW) Consortium, will deliver a five star, 164 room Art Series Hotel as well as parkland, a 1500 square metre exhibition space, restaurants and bars.

“The existing heritage-listed buildings will form a feature of the redevelopment and, once meticulously restored, will become home to lively river’s edge restaurants bars,a craft brewery and function spaces.”

Infrastructure Chairman Cr Amanda Cooper said the parkland area would become a showcase inner city green space, welcoming a range of new leisure and lifestyle activities under the city’s iconic Story Bridge.

“This is a once in a lifetime opportunity to reimagine one of the last remaining inner-city reaches of the Brisbane River, with dedicated rock climbing areas, cycling and pedestrian facilities linking to Riverwalk, as well as a new river’s edge amphitheatre seating area,” Cr Cooper said.

“Around 80 per cent of the total site will be public parkland and open space and will be easily accessible from Riverwalk, or through two new cliff-face lifts at Bowen Terrace and Wilson’s Outlook.”

HSW Consortium Development Director Luke Fraser said contracted builders were starting works this week with cliff stabilisation and relocation of the shared pathway, so facilities could remain open during construction.

“The HSW Consortium has been working closely with Deague Group who will be delivering the new Art Series Hotel and Hutchison Builders who are responsible for construction of new facilities and restoration of the heritage buildings,” Mr Fraser said.

“Works are planned for completion late in 2018, and we have already taken a large number of bookings for the convention and event spaces.”

HSW Consortium Director Adam Flaskas said that the project would deliver world class facilities with unbeatable river and city views.

“Waterfront event and exhibition spaces will be capable of hosting functions of over 1,000 people, with glass walls revealing views up along each bend of the Brisbane River and up to the Story Bridge,” Mr Flaskas said.

“An innovative urban agriculture strategy will see much of the produce used at the precinct’s restaurants and cafes produced on site in an edible landscape throughout the parklands.

“Our plans include assembling some of the best local, national and international culinary talents, establishing high quality food and drink brands and hosting signature events.”

“We love living in Brisbane and the opportunity to work closely with the forward thinking Lord Mayor Quirk and his team to deliver this unique precinct for Brisbane, is an extraordinary opportunity”.

Deague Group Chief Executive Will Deague said the Howard Smith Wharves Art Series Hotel would be their eighth hotel and second venture into the Brisbane market.

“This five-star, art-inspired hotel will define a new luxury and creative experience that Brisbane, and indeed Australia, has never seen before,” Mr Deague said.

“It is fitting that our most opulent hotel will be in Brisbane, Australia’s New World City and the country’s emerging artistic and cultural powerhouse.”

HSW Consortium will have overall responsibility for the entire site and is responsible for the design and construction of the park and open space areas, while the hotel development and operation will be undertaken by the Deague Group.

Access through the site to Riverwalk will remain open at all times during construction.

For more information about the Howard Smith Wharves Revitalisation Project, visit or

Lord Mayor’s media contact: Amanda Templeton 0403 614 799
HSW Consortium media contact: Peter Kelly 0416 159 985
Deague Group media contact: Ryan Tuckerman 0417 165 124

Howard Smith Wharves is a PCO Association Business Partner
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PCO Web Banner FINALJoin us to celebrate the 10th birthday of the Annual PCOA Conference and Exhibition, returning to the Gold Coast, the city where it all started.

The Conference themed ‘MEETING Beyond Tomorrow’ will be held at the Gold Coast Convention and Exhibition Centre between Sunday 26 – Tuesday 28 November 2017.

Building on the past successful conferences and the growing interest in industry issues relating to event planners, this year’s conference is expected to attract upwards of 400 attendees.


• Owners/directors of conference and event management companies.
• Conference managers, supervisors and coordinators from independent conference and event management companies.
• In-house corporate conference and event managers, supervisors and coordinators.
• In-house association conference and event managers, supervisors and coordinators.
• In-house government conference and event managers,supervisors and coordinators.
• Conference and event management educators and students.

The program, with two strong sub-themes of Innovation and Engagement, will include a variety of expert speakers, covering topics ranging from the latest technology and what impact it has on conferences to new ways to engage and influence audiences, both digitally and onsite. There will be practical and personal development sessions for every level of event professional and networking opportunities for all PCOs, industry members and in-house event managers to connect with each other.

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Sponsorship Opportunities

If you would like to promote your organisation and/or latest innovative products and services to meetings industry professionals from around Australia, New Zealand and Asia Pacific there are still sponsorship options available.

Don’t miss your chance with less than 5 exhibition booths remaining.

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