Simon Burgess, director marketing and sales at Adelaide Convention Centre with Tourism Australia’s Penny Lion (left), executive general manager events and Kelly Maynard, business events distribution development manager Simon Burgess, director marketing and sales at Adelaide Convention Centre with Tourism Australia’s Penny Lion (left), executive general manager events and Kelly Maynard, business events distribution development manager

Adelaide centre shows off

What is being hailed as Australia’s most innovative and flexible convention facilities were officially opened at a function that attracted 600 guests in South Australia last week.

The Adelaide Convention Centre’s East Building launch was the culmination of an A$397 million redevelopment project and included the chance to experience the world’s largest rotating seating platforms. They can be rotated 180 degrees within minutes and either used (in one direction) as extra seats in the main plenary hall, or turned around to make up their own theatrette.

Other highlights include an aerial backdrop of more than 35,000 fibre optic lights, creating a sparkling ‘starry night’ for banquet events, an elevated walkway connecting the East, Central and West buildings providing panoramic views of the riverbank and a new café court (Home Ground) scheduled to open in November this year.

Sydney based Stephen Noble, of The Conference Company, says, the Centre has afforded organisers, through clever design and layout, the ability to create and define a meeting’s own space. ‘The opening showed us how easily a room configuration can be changed, both in capacity and setup, and it will be something many meetings will take advantage off.’

Full story in the Meet in Australia supplement being published with Meeting Newz Magazine later this month.

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