Gold Coast secures global conference

19 Dec 2012 10:19 AMJann Stuckey

Wednesday, December 19, 2012

More than 1,500 delegates will converge on the Gold Coast in 2014 for the 23rd International Association for Volunteer Effort (IAVE) World Volunteer Conference and Youth Forum.

Tourism, Major Events, Small Business and the Commonwealth Games Minister Jann Stuckey welcomed the announcement that the Gold Coast had secured the conference for the first time in its 42-year history.

“It is a great coup for the Gold Coast to have been chosen, especially considering the conference hasn’t been held in Australia for 26 years,” Ms Stuckey said.

“Events like this deliver significant economic and social benefits to the host region, with business events on the Gold Coast in 2010-2011 injecting more than $296 million into the local economy.

“Queensland is a fitting location in which to showcase volunteering. Recent events including the floods of 2011 show the dedication of people in this great State to help when needed, without any thought of reward.”

The IAVE World Volunteer Conference gives delegates the opportunity to learn from and network with distinguished international speakers and expert trainers, as well as leaders from the international volunteering community.

More than 1,200 delegates are expected to attend the World Volunteer Conference which will take place over four days.  More than 50 per cent of these attendees will travel from overseas. The Youth Forum is expected to attract more than 300 delegates over three days.

“The Newman Government is proud to support events like this through Tourism and Events Queensland as part of a growing calendar of business, sporting, cultural events and festivals for the Gold Coast,” said Minister Stuckey.

The 2014 IAVE World Conference Youth Forum will be held at the Radisson Hotel from 15 to 17 September and the World Conference from 17 to 20 September at the Gold Coast Convention and Exhibition Centre.

For information on more great events in Queensland visit www.eventsqld.com.au (external site)( http://www.eventsqld.com.au/ )

[ENDS] 19 December 2012