|International Convention and Exhibition Centre|
“We are looking to build the International Convention and Exhibition Centre to accommodate the future growth of the Upper Hunter as Aberdeen continues to grow as an international world-class city,” he said.
The Hon. George Souris BEc, DipFMgt, FAIM, FCPA MP. Minister for Tourism Major Events and Hospitality said the centre would “significantly boost the Upper Hunter’s ability to attract lucrative international conferences and events”.
“The announcement by the Muswellbrook Shire Council that it will build a national convention centre in Aberdeen is fantastic news for business tourism in this country,” he said.
“Hosting conferences and conventions is big business. If we want to build on that we need to provide bigger and better facilities or we will lose out to other destinations.
“Sydney has found that out the hard way; it’s missed out on around $500 million over the past five years because of its failure to secure major international conferences,” he said.
“The International Convention and Exhibition Centre will be a fantastic asset for Aberdeen and the Upper Hunter tourism at large, enabling the Upper Hunter to compete on the world stage as an international conference and exhibitions destination” he told The Holiday and Travel Magazine.
“There’s a whole business conference segment that haven’t been able to be accommodated by existing conference facilities and we are excited by the potential to the hotel industry of an additional 4,101,000 visitor nights.
“Economically, the forecasted $790 million in additional tourism spending annually in the Upper Hunter and the creation of up to 1,580 jobs, will be a big boost to the local economy,” he said.
The International Convention and Exhibition Centre will become the new home of Horse Week, the Upper Hunter Show, Aberdeen Highland Games, Merriwa Festival of Fleeces, Tamworth Country Music Festival, World Expo 2016, Bylong Mouse Races, and bingo. These events will now be able to be held indoors without rain turning spectators away. There will be the economic benefits of not expending any money on a new showground, or maintaining existing venues such as White Park, which will be sold off for heavy industry factory sites.