50 years of the Bris­bane Truck Show

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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.

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