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Brisbane Convention & Exhibition Centre to reopen in August

New environmental hygiene protocol will also be adopted by convention centres in Malaysia and China

Social distancing measures at Brisbane Convention & Exhibition Centre
Social distancing measures at Brisbane Convention & Exhibition Centre

AUSTRALIA — The Brisbane Convention & Exhibition Centre (BCEC) has received the green to open its doors following months of closure due to Covid-19.

A regular host of large-scale conventions as well as corporate meetings, BCEC will host its first event in August thanks to its Site Specific Covid-Safe Plan, which has been approved by local health authority, Queensland Health.

Queensland Treasurer, Cameron Dick, said the reopening of the centre marks a ‘significant milestone’ in the state’s road to recovery.

“As we unite and recover from the pandemic, it’s cause for celebration that we can welcome staff and visitors back to this outstanding venue,” he said.

BCEC’s Covid-Safe Plan features VenueShield, a new environmental hygiene protocol developed by BCEC’s parent group, ASM Global. This will be rolled out across ASM Global’s 325 venues worldwide, including convention centres across Australia and New Zealand, as well as the Kuala Lumpur Convention Centre and Shenzhen World Exhibition and Convention Center.

A newly developed BCEC Safe Event Guideline has also been prepared to assist clients in planning events at the centre. The guidelines encompass all necessary health and hygiene safeguards, food safety measures and social distancing required under the current opening conditions.

BCEC general manager, Bob O’Keeffe, said: “BCEC drives almost 70 per cent of Brisbane’s business events room nights and we are looking forward to welcoming events back to the centre and doing what we do best, attracting much sought-after and high-yield business events to Brisbane and Queensland.”