Brisbane has been selected to host one of the world’s largest travel industry conferences. The region has been confirmed as the venue for the Flight Centre Travel Group’s global conference in July 2020, an event that will bring up to 4500 travel consultants, executives and senior travel industry figures to the city and its surrounds.
The incentive event was secured by the Queensland Government through Tourism and Events Queensland and Brisbane City Council through Brisbane Marketing.
Brisbane Lord Mayor Adrian Schrinner said Flight Centre’s Global Gathering conference would deliver a $7 million economic boost and he looked forward to welcoming the company’s top achievers to its global headquarters.
Flight Centre Travel Group managing director Graham Turner said the annual conference, known as the Global Gathering, would run from July 10-12 next year and would showcase the region to the company’s top achievers globally.
The Global Gathering, which was last held in Australia in 2001 (Sydney), is sponsored by some of the world’s leading airlines and tour companies and attracts senior travel industry executives, along with high profile guest speakers.
Key-note speakers at previous gatherings have included former United States president Bill Clinton, Andre Agassi, Michael J Fox and Gwyneth Paltrow. The 2019 Global Gathering was held in Las Vegas and featured Mark Wahlberg.