In 2014, Brisbane successfully hosted the G20 Leaders’ Summit, welcoming 22 world leaders and more than 4,000 delegates from the world’s largest economies.
The G20 Leaders’ Summit in Brisbane was the most significant meeting of world leaders Australia has ever hosted, providing an opportunity not only to influence the global economic agenda and strengthen ties with the world’s major economies, but to showcase the best of Australia to a global audience.
Brisbane’s success in delivering a memorable G20 Leaders’ Summit was due in no small part to the capacity and capability of its business events industry. It took two years of planning and preparation to ensure the city was ready to deliver an event of such scale and international significance. With more than 4,000 delegates – including some of the world’s most recognisable VIPs – and 3,000 media representatives in attendance, delivering a safe and friendly G20 was a top priority. The highly anticipated Leaders’ Lunch event at the Brisbane Convention and Exhibition Centre was 12 months in the planning, including the involvement of more than 100 chefs preparing 100,000 meals.
A series of high-profile initiatives created exceptional local experiences for visitors and delegates, establishing a valuable long-term legacy for the city while cementing Brisbane’s reputation as a destination of choice for major international business events.