Brisbane will be hosting the G-20 summit in November this year, and there is plenty to report from Queensland's largest city. The main venue will be the Brisbane Convention & Exhibition Centre, which expanded in 2012 to include a new five-level building, but also making headlines is the new Four Points by Sheraton, which opened in March and has 246 rooms, as well as meeting space for up to 120. The city has also announced that from April 2014 onwards there will be free wi-fi throughout the central business district, while Cathay Pacific has increased the frequency of its Hong Kong-Brisbane flights to 14 per week.
In Sydney, the ongoing extension of another Four Points by Sheraton is part of the transformation of Darling Harbour into a 'convention precinct'. Developers now have the financial backing to go ahead with the billion-dollar International Convention Centre, which will eventually be able to handle 12,000 delegates.
Back up along the Queensland coastline Tangalooma Island Resort has just launched a new events space - the Waterfront Pavilion can take 300, theatre-style. Other developments include The Palm House, a conference venue on Airlie Beach - set to open in mid-2014, it will have theatre-style space for 200.
Groups wanting to visit Uluru, meanwhile, will be interested to hear that Uluru Meeting Place – the 726-capacity events venue that opened in 2012 – was recently named Australia's Best MICE Property.