Wednesday, 22 February 2017


The Mackay Entertainment and Convention Centre (MECC) is exhibiting at AIME 2017 and the timing couldn’t be better, with impressive accolades paving the way. 

Mackay recently hosted the Queensland tourism industry’s prestigious 2016 DestinationQ Forum, which attracted more than 330 VIP delegates. These included the Premier of Queensland and seven Ministers, four local Members of Parliament, local government representatives and a veritable “Who’s Who” of the tourism sector. They enjoyed warm local hospitality and experienced some of the regions many scenic ‘hot-spots’.

An array of positive comments about the Mackay Region and its convention centre were the result.

The Premier and Minister for the Arts, The Honourable Annastacia Palaszczuk MP, started one of her days in Mackay watching a spectacular early morning sunrise at Cape Hillsborough, joined on the beach by the kangaroos and wallabies which are found there most days. She noted that this iconic experience was one of the “genuine and unique” aspects of the Mackay Region which had potential capability to draw in visitors from afar.

The conference organising team was also very impressed with the Mackay Entertainment and Convention Centre, their comments summed up by TEQ Events Specialist, Alison Dwyer who said “You really do have a very special venue - it was perfect for our event and gives a serious, business conference a really relaxed feel.”

The conference PCO, Suellen Holland from ICMSA, was equally effusive about the local support. “The volunteers were fantastic,” she said. “Actually one of the best groups of people I’ve worked with for a long time. They are clear advocates of their venue and their city and it was reflected in their positivity.”

The Mackay Region joins with colleagues from Whitsunday Business Events at Stand #2128 at AIME 2017 and will be offering a prize to the Mackay Airport Harbour Beach Horse Racing Festival in August 2017.

The MECC will also be very keen to talk to delegates at AIME about the fact that the city has continued its very supportive $1 million Invest Mackay Events and Conferences Funding into 2016-2017.

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