The Gold Coast Convention and Exhibition Centre (GCCEC) has relaunched its grant programme following a two-year hiatus. The Linkage Grant Program helps promote the Gold Coast as a destination for international business events by providing grants of up to $8,000 to support attendance at international conferences. Recipients are offered an opportunity to advance their professional development and profile of their research centre/institute, whilst acting as a global champion for our city and venue.
„The events we attract have provided considerable opportunity for knowledge exchange“
Since launching in 2011, the programme has resulted in numerous high-profile conferences coming to the Gold Coast. Adrienne Readings, general manager, GCCEC and chair of Destination Gold Coast said that business events represent one of the highest-yielding sectors in Australia's visitor economy, injecting billions of dollars. "The Linkage Grant programme promotes collaboration with local academics and professionals to secure valuable international events and raise the profile of the Gold Coast on a global platform", Ms Readings explained. "The events we attract have provided considerable opportunity for knowledge exchange, connection and economic advancement." The Gold Coast offers a unique balance of business and leisure, is a hub for innovation, technology, health sciences and creativity, and continues to be a favourite destination for business events. The city attracted half of the conferences held in Queensland bringing over $570 million in economic impact in 2018-19.