Cairns Convention Centre unveils expansion – CIMunity: Conference & Incentive Management – A European Magazine for the Meetings Industry

Cairns Convention Centre in Tropical North Queensland is revealing a new standard for international and domestic conferences and events.

Cairns presents ist renewed convention facility: The Cairns Convention Centre, which has been operated by ASM Global since it opened in 1996, will now be able to host multiple events as well as larger conferences requiring multiple break out spaces.

“The expansion will enhance Cairns’ standing as a world leader in hosting business events. Cairns Convention Centre is on track to host 160 events this financial year, including 60 conferences bringing more than 35,000 delegates to Cairns, delivering a visitor spend of over $100 million into the region,” says ASM Global (Asia Pacific) Chairman and Chief Executive Harvey Lister AM. He states that the Centre’s expansion and refurbishment would deliver significant economic benefits to the Cairns economy over the next decade and beyond.

Huge investment

The Queensland Government in Australia has invested $176 million in the refurbishment and expansion of the city’s international convention centre. A key part of the expansion is the Trinity Room and Terrace level, offering views over Trinity Inlet. A large undercover Porte Cochere planted with native, tropical flora can also be used as a function space. The latest audio-visual equipment, contemporary interiors and new building systems are delivering a seamless event delivery and experience.

“We are already receiving positive reactions to the new spaces, with clients impressed with the contemporary design and light filled areas that feature our lush, tropical rainforest in the background,” says Cairns Convention Centre general manager Janet Hamilton. “We sit at the heart of one of the world’s most beautiful destinations and great care and consideration was taken to bringing the natural environment into the Centre’s spaces. From our open spaces with floor to ceiling windows, to our stunning Trinity Room and Terrace with views across the inlet, the Centre showcases Cairns’ natural assets.”

The expansion delivers an extra 10,500 sqm of meeting, banquet and exhibition space featuring:

  • Exhibition area with space for 30 booths
  • 450-seat theatre-style plenary lecture space that can be divided into two
  • Three large meeting rooms that can be configured into multiple sizes
  • 500-capacity Trinity Room banquet space
  • Outdoor terrace
  • Spacious lobby for pre-event functions


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