Alex Robertson writes:
I’ve spent my entire life in Australia, hard to believe then that I had never visited Brisbane. So it was with excitement that once we confirmed the Australian Pain Society 35th Annual Scientific Meeting (APS 2015) was to be held at the Brisbane Convention and Exhibition Centre in March 2015, I jumped at the chance to finally visit.
Brisbane Marketing arranged my trip; a big thank you to the lovely Kylie Fox who hosted me while I was visiting and showed me around her great hometown.
My goal while I was in Brisbane was to become acquainted with the BCEC and find venues for the APS Gala Dinner, President’s Reception and various private dinners.
We started off at Moda Events Portside, Portside Wharf – a great space for dinners up to 400 guests with a lovely outdoor terrace perfect for pre-dinner drinks.
Brisbane City Hall was next and the venue just knocked my socks off! A stunning space rich in history. Built between 1920 and 1930, the heritage-listed City Hall is seen as the heart of Brisbane and has been the backdrop to many cultural, social and civic events.
A stroll through Queen Street Mall (plus a visit to the delicious Noosa Chocolate Factory) and down along the river took us to Customs House, a charming building perfect for cocktail events for about 150 guests.
A visit to the Queensland Art Gallery/Gallery of Modern Art (QAGOMA) left me wishing I had more time to spend meandering the halls of this wonderful gallery. Their roof terrace left me wishing I had more time to kick back with a cocktail and enjoy the Brisbane weather in this fabulous space.
The Brisbane Convention and Exhibition Centre is daunting at first (what convention centre isn’t!), however thanks to colour coded carpet plus clever placement of escalators, lifts and signage it was easy to get around I think it will be perfect for APS 2015. Is it a little sad that I was most excited about how much storage space we have behind our registration desk?
I got well acquainted with both the Mantra and Rydges South Bank hotels – the main hotels we are using for APS 2015. I know our delegates are going to be very happy and comfortable during their stay!
I spent the rest of my time in Brisbane walking South Bank. There are some fantastic restaurants and bars for the delegates to enjoy during their downtime, not to mention some beautiful private dining spaces for some of the dinners that are included in the APS program.
I’m really looking forward to organising this conference with all the wonderful people I met during my whirlwind tour of Brisbane. A big thank you to the Mantra South Bank, for their hospitality and again to all the venues who took the time to show me around their fantastic spaces and to Brisbane Marketing for hosting me and arranging my trip – we can’t wait to work with you over the next 9 months towards a successful conference in a very welcoming city.