Brisbane in double association event win

Two key Australian associations will stage national conferences in Brisbane next year.

Both the Planning Institute of Australia (PIA) and the Cooperative Research Centre Association (CRC Association) annual events will attract up to 1,000 delegates to the city.

It will be the first time the CRC Association conference – taking place at Brisbane Convention & Exhibition Centre from 8-10 March – has been held outside of New York, and will coincide with the World Science Festival from 9-13 March.

Rob Nelson, Brisbane Marketing’s general manager conventions and business events, said the event will "reinforce Brisbane’s reputation as a scientific research and innovation hub".

The PIA National Congress was last held in the city in 1998 and will also be held at Brisbane Convention & Exhibition Centre from 11-13 May.

"We engaged our partners and stakeholders right across the city as part of a Team Brisbane collaboration to ensure the PIA National Congress hosts and delegates would have the most productive and rewarding experience possible here," said Nelson.

Kirsty Kelly, PIA chief executive officer, added: "A big part of our conference will be getting delegates out and about in the Brisbane and surrounding areas to see first-hand the positive impact urban and regional planners are having."


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