50 years of the Brisbane Truck Show
PREMIER EVENT FOR TRANSPORT MARKS A MILESTONE ORGANISED by HVIA, formerly the Commercial Vehicle Industry Association of Queensland, since its inception in 1968, the Brisbane Truck Show is recognised as the premier event for the Australasian transport industry.
Originally known as the Queensland Truck Show, the 1968 and 1969 shows were held at Haulmark Trailer’s premises, Ipswich Rd, Rocklea and featured 21 industry exhibitors.
The show moved to the Rocklea Wool Stores in 1970 and was an annual event until 1979 when the industry decided that the show should run every two years.
In 1983 the show relocated to the Royal National Association Showgrounds where it remained for almost 30 years before its move to the current home at the world class Brisbane Convention and Exhibition Centre.
The BCEC was voted 2016 World’s Best Convention Centre by the International Association of Congress Centres.
The Brisbane Truck Show also plays an important role supporting the Queensland economy.
Over its duration, the 2015 Brisbane Truck Show attracted 56.5% of its visitors from outside of Brisbane, whilst 28% of those transited from interstate and 14.5% internationally.
Even more impressive is the huge impact the show contributed to the local and State economy, generating:
The equivalent of 269 full-time employment positions or $18.7 million in paid wages and salaries.
Adding an additional expenditure of over $70.1 million in output into the Queensland economy.
The 2017 show will host up to 300 exhibitors and attracts upwards of 35,000 visitors over the four show days.
As always the focus is on making the event a great experience for visitors and exhibitors.
Improvements for the 2017 Brisbane Truck Show range from online ticketing to the exhibition layout.
As previously, visitors can enter BCEC from any of three points but the main foyer entry will no longer interfere with visitors moving between the main halls and the upper floors.
Other innovations and reforms include:
VIP ticket holders will gain exclusive show access from 10am on Thursday, May 25 with the show opening to the general public from midday. Exhibitors and HVIA members can buy VIP tickets through the Brisbane Truck Show Exhibitor Portal.
The Brisbane Truck Show opening breakfast will start at 7.30am and run to 9am. The breakfast now precedes the official truck manufacturers’ media tour which will run from 9.30am until midday. This will streamline both events and ensure their timing does not conflict.
The show awards have been reformed to recognise and reward excellence in innovation, safety and productivity.
Attendee registration will be introduced creating opportunities for exhibitors and attendees to more effectively interact during and after the show.
Introducing online ticketing for purchases directly from the Brisbane Truck Show website.
The popular Apprentice Challenge will now be a truly national event with competitors being represented from each of the HVIA regions including the Eastern Region of Queensland, NSW and ACT; the Southern Region of Victoria, South Australia and Tasmania; and North-western Region of Western Australia and NT.
The first truck shows were held at the RNA Showgrounds.
As the Brisbane Truck Show grew it moved into Brisbane Convention and Exhibition Centre.
This first Brisbane Truck Show opens in 1968.