Brisbane to host two large-scale US-based conventions

Brisbane has been picked to host the Convention of Zonta International 2024 and Baptist World Congress 2025, where both will be held at the Brisbane Convention & Exhibition Centre (BCEC).

Combined, these events are expected to attract more than 8,000 delegates, and deliver 58,000 room nights and A$35 million (US$25.5 million) in economic contribution to the Queensland economy.

Zonta International 2024 follows on from the successful hosting of the Australia & New Zealand Zonta Centennial Convention at BCEC in 2021, which attracted 900 delegates from across the region.

Currently, Zonta International has more than 1,100 clubs with over 27,000 members in 64 countries and it is renowned for its strong advocacy of women’s rights.

Brisbane’s reputation as a safe and welcoming destination, combined with BCEC’s appeal at the top of world venue rankings, accessibility and variety of accommodation options, were all factors in the selection of Brisbane as the host city, according to Judy Gorton, chair of the 2024 Convention and former Zonta International Board Member.

Meanwhile, organisers of the Baptist World Congress are expecting more than 6,000 delegates to attend the Brisbane event, with more than 5,000 of those coming from overseas.

BCEC general manager Bob O’Keeffe AM said securing two such high-profile, first-time international events for Brisbane was a further indication of a strong economic recovery.

“These are but two of 77 conventions confirmed for BCEC during 2021, ensuring a strong pipeline of business events into the future for Brisbane and Queensland and boosting the city’s appeal as a destination leading into the Brisbane 2032 Olympics.”

Brisbane Convention & Exhibition Centre partnered with Tourism Australia, Tourism & Events Queensland and the Brisbane Economic Development Agency, to secure these events.