The award-winning Cairns Convention Centre will set a new benchmark for international and national conferences and events on the completion of a $176 million refurbishment and expansion project.  The major project will deliver an extra 10,000 sqm of meeting, banquet and exhibition space when completed. The renewed Centre will be delivered in two stages. The first stage […]

Cairns Convention Centre boosts Business Development Team ahead of the Expansion

The Cairns Convention Centre welcomes Wayne Smith into the role of Business Development Director as the team strengthens ahead of the new expansion. Smith returns to Cairns after spending the previous four years as Director of Client Services at Darwin Convention Centre, part of the ASM Global portfolio.  Prior to Darwin, Smith was the Sales […]

World leading scientists head to Cairns

The International Congress of Vertebrate Morphology is heading to Australia for the first time and will be hosted at the Cairns Convention Centre in July 2022. The global event will bring together over 700 leading academic scientists, researchers and scholars to exchange and share their experiences and research results on all aspects of Vertebrate Morphology, such as […]


ASM Global Chairman and CEO, Harvey Lister today welcomed the Queensland Government’s announcement of a $176 million upgrade of the award-winning Cairns Convention Centre. Mr. Lister said the Government’s investment would deliver significant economic benefits to the Cairns economy over the next decade and beyond. “Not only will it enable the Centre to host additional […]

Cairns Convention Centre Generates $80 Millions in 2018

Findings from the most recent study of delegate spending and travel patterns undertaken at the Cairns Convention Centre have shown that conventions continue generating big economic advantages for the region. The research project’s report has calculated that events at the Cairns Convention Centre during 2018 created 133,784 room nights and contributed around $80 million in […]

Cairns Convention Centre to Host 1200 of the World’s Leading Plant Molecular Biologists

The Cairns Convention Centre and a group of 60 plant scientists led by Associate Professor Joshua Mylne from the University of Western Australia have successfully secured the 2021 Congress of International Society for Plant Molecular Biology (IPMB). The Congress is a triennial meeting supported by IPMB and the American Society of Plant Biologists and is expected […]

World Polymer Congress MACRO 2018

Dates: July 2018 Hosts: Royal Australian Chemical Institute International Union for Pure and Applied Chemistry Co-Chair: Professor Martina Stenzel Venue: Cairns Convention Centre Delegate Numbers: 800 Following a successful bid presented in 2013, the Cairns Convention Centre proudly welcomed MACRO 2018 and it’s 800 delegates in July. The Centre started working with the client, Professor Martina Stenzel from the University […]

International Women and Law Enforcement Conference

Host Organisations: The International Association of Women Police (IAWP), the Australasian Council of Women and Policing (ACWAP), supported by the Queensland Police Service (QPS).  Client: Debbie PlatzAssistant Commissioner, Australia Federal PolicePresident, Australian Council of Women and Policing The annual International Women and Law Enforcement Conference was hosted at the Cairns Convention Centre in September 2017. The conference reached […]

Cairns Convention Centre Receives Global Innovation Award

Cairns Convention Centre has been awarded the International Association of Convention Centre’s (AIPC) Innovation Award (Delegate’s Choice) for their 20th birthday gift made from recycled steel, salvaged during the Centre’s roof replacement. The gift was designed by local indigenous artist Wayne McGinness of Aboriginal Steel Art and is a manta ray, one of the ‘Great […]

$176M Expansion and Upgrade for Cairns Convention Centre

The Cairns Convention Centre welcomes Queensland Treasurer, Curtis Pitt’s announcement made in the recent state budget, of funding for planning to commence on the upgrade and expansion of the Convention Centre. The $176 million expansion includes refurbishment of the existing centre plus the addition of new exhibition space and meeting rooms. The government predicts the […]


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