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FI­NAL touches are being put in place at the Ade­laide Con­ven­tion Cen­tre as it pre­pares to re­veal the re­sults of a nine-year $397m re­de­vel­op­ment.

Set to open in Aug, the venue’s lat­est ex­pan­sion has al­ready helped se­cure 15 con­fer­ences ex­ceed­ing 1,000 del­e­gates, to be held in 2018.

Ade­laide Con­ven­tion Cen­tre chief ex­ec­u­tive Alec Gil­bert said with the fa­cil­ity cel­e­brat­ing its 30th an­niver­sary this year, the com­pleted project had set the venue up to win a big­ger slice of the busi­ness events market.

“The re­de­vel­op­ment will cer­tainly go a long way in po­si­tion­ing Ade­laide as an even more com­pet­i­tive player when it comes to at­tract­ing ma­jor global con­fer­ences and ex­hi­bi­tions,” he said.

The first ma­jor con­fer­ence set for the fully ex­panded Cen­tre is the 68th In­ter­na­tional Astro­nau­ti­cal Congress (IAC), which is sched­uled for Sep.

It will bring 3,000 del­e­gates to the city and will be the largest con­fer­ence ever to be held in the SA cap­i­tal.

“The ex­panded Cen­tre en­ables the venue to host much larger con­fer­ences, and is ex­pected to de­liver an ad­di­tional $1.92 bil­lion in eco­nomic ben­e­fit to the state,” Gil­bert said.

Af­ter the West Build­ing opened in 2015, the East Build­ing’s fo­cus is on tech­nol­ogy, and in par­tic­u­lar, in­stal­la­tion of the world’s largest ro­tat­ing seat drums.

The venue will host an open­ing gala on 30 Aug for the in­dus­try and key fig­ures to cel­e­brate the oc­ca­sion.

Since 1987, the venue has hosted over 1,800 events, wel­comed more than six mil­lion del­e­gates and de­liv­ered over $1.4b in eco­nomic ben­e­fit.

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