Cairns Convention Centre
The Cairns Convention Centre is only a 3 minute walk from Cairns City Apartments which makes them the ideal place to base yourself and your delegates for a conference or convention. It is also handy for those people attending concerts and other events such as the Basketball.
The Cairns Convention Centre was built in June 1997 to cater to business meetings, trade shows, exhibitions and other large conferences and events being held in the Cairns city region. Only two years later, a $28.5 million extension was completed to enable Australia’s national basketball league to hold matches inside the Cairns Convention Centre. The Cairns Taipans Basketball Team is Cairns only national sporting team and is widely supported by the local community. This major extension turned the Cairns Convention Centre into one of the most flexible conference centres of its size in the world and Australia's first purpose built international standard convention facility outside a major capital city that can easily cater for meetings, functions, sporting events and conferences from 12 to 5000 delegates with 4,560 sqm of exhibition space to play with.
The Cairns Convention Centre has the Ground floor Exhibition level known as level one which offers good meeting room space that is set aside as individual conference rooms numbered one to six that can accommodate twelve to sixty delegates, an executive boardroom, administration reception area, media room, Professional Conference Organizers office, a delegate registration desk and committee room.
The Great Hall on this level caters to 2330 theatre style and Hall Two holds up to 5000 delegate’s theatre style. Access to level one is via Wharf Street to the south or Grafton Street to the east. The Cairns Convention Centre is also wheelchair accessible with ramps and elevators. Underground parking is also available from the western side on Sheridan Street.
Cairns Convention Centre Mezzanine Level offers Meeting Rooms one to eight that caters for thirty two delegates to 360 delegate’s theatre style. Four rooms A, B, C, D, and the Great Hall caters to 210 classroom style to 2330 theatre. Cairns Convention Centre is Australia's first environmentally built major public building. The Cairns Convention Centre construction team carefully orchestrated the design, and functionality of the Convention Centre to fit in with the iconic pristine natural Cairns surrounding that the region is known for worldwide.
- Rain water storage 50% saving
- Flow restrictors 25% saving
- Solar hot water 30% saving
- Shading devices 5% saving
Air conditioning units are environmentally safe as they do not use chlorofluorocarbons for refrigeration
The Cairns Convention Centre has won many awards for its energy and resource conservation features
From 1996 onwards the Cairns Convention Centre has consistently been winning multiple awards year after year thus helping to keep the business worlds spotlight on Cairns. Some of these awards are for Conference Catering, Tourism Design, Building, Environmental, Architectural and Steel and more.
The most celebrated award was in 2004 when the Cairns Convention Centre was elated to win the coveted AIPC Worlds Best Congress Centre award. The AIPC is the International Association of Congress Centres and is the premier industry association for professional convention and exhibition centre manager’s world wide. This was the year the Cairns Convention Centre was the most talked about venue in the world as it was voted as the number one “Worlds Best” Conference facility of its generation competing against all nations.
Considering Cairns at that time had a population of around only 100,000 + people and it was located in regional northern Australia this was an award that was really sensational and still talked about today especially when you think of the other convention centres worldwide that Cairns had to compete against.
Ranked number four in 2002 and 2003 ranked as the best in 2004 and finishing as one of the worlds top three in 2005 and 2008 is such a great achievement for a regional city.
The Cairns Convention Centre was awarded an environmental Bronze Green Globe in 2009.
Cairns is an ideal conference destination due to its central location within the Asia-Pacific supported by almost 100 weekly international flights flying directly to the Cairns International Airport. With the deregulation of the airlines opening up further opportunities in the southern connection states in the south the potential of increasing business to the Cairns region is very positive.