As the Commonwealth Games comes to venues across Birmingham this July, we explore other award-winning event spaces across Commonwealth countries welcoming delegates during the Queen’s Platinum Jubilee year.
International Convention Centre Sydney | Australia
Australia’s first fully integrated harbourside convention venue celebrated its fifth anniversary in 2021, after successfully hosting over 2,700 conventions, exhibitions, seminars, and banquets which have contributed well over $2.5 billion dollars of visitor expenditure. Following a multimillion-dollar redevelopment, The International Convention Centre Sydney has over 250 further events secured for the first half of 2022, demonstrating the venue’s resilience and response to future demands of the industry.
Cape Town International Conference Centre | South
Award-winning hospitality and exposure to a uniquely diverse culture have become a basic expectation to event delegates in South Africa. Located in the heart of Cape Town, the CTICC has expanded this reputation as the leading venue for conferences, exhibitions, and events on the African continent. Consisting of two separate events spaces connected by a sky bridge, the flexible complex has managed to secure 15 international conferences during the pandemic, welcoming over 22,000 delegates.
Victory Conference Centre Auckland | New Zealand
Spread out over a modern complex with four different event spaces, the Victory Conference Centre is a premier choice for events in New Zealand, with multiple meeting rooms overlooking the Auckland’s picturesque bay. Seating up to 2,200 delegates, The Theatre is the venue’s main function space custom-designed to maximise acoustics, with timber frames, multipart soundproofing, and innovative AV equipment heightening the auditory experience.
Intercontinental Arena Conference Centre | Malta
With 300 days of sunshine and short transfer times, the Maltese islands are a year-round destination for product launches, exhibitions, and meetings. Set in Malta’s characterful town of St Julian’s, the InterContinental Arena Conference Centre offers modern and stylish spaces with high ceilings offering quality acoustic value. The venue’s main space, the Plenary Room, seats up to 1,7000 delegates and is practically built to lift heavy rigs from multiple hanging points ideal for large presentations and conferences.
Accra Beach Hotel and Spa | Barbados
Holding a strong presence in the UK leisure market, Barbados has continued to grow
as a hub for international events with continued development of its hotel facilities. After extensive refurbishment of its guest rooms and suites, Accra Beach Hotel and Spa has hosted a steady rate of board meetings, management retreats, and award ceremonies in the venue’s four flexible spaces with 3.5 acres of beachside space for delegates to explore.
Kenyatta International Convention Centre | Kenya
Frequently named as Africa’s leading business travel destination, Nairobi is home to the iconic Kenyatta International Convention Centre (KICC) which continues to boost motivation in the continent’s tourism sector. Built to represent a traditional African hut, the venue’s amphitheatre blends cultural tradition with modernity, equipped to stage international seminars with simultaneous interpretation equipment of up to seven languages with quality PA and AV systems to sustain live broadcasts and TV filming.
Marina Bay Sands | Singapore
Singapore’s signature integrated resort will begin a major reinvestment programme this year, upgrading all rooms and suites in two out of three towers of the hotel. Signature experiences will also be introduced for delegates across all three towers of the Marina Bay Sands, including revamped executive club lounges, fine dining experiences, and health and wellness offerings. After a long hiatus, the venue is set to host the Singapore International Water Week alongside the CleanEnviro Summit this April, which will welcome over 15,000 in- person and virtual attendees.
Metro Toronto Convention Centre |
Built in 1984, the Metro Toronto Convention Centre has become a landmark destination since securing top position as Canada’s top trade show facility, and a major multipurpose venue within the country’s finance hub.
The 600,000 sq. ft venue consists of 64 meeting rooms, two grand ballrooms, and a theatre seating up to 1330 delegates to provide successful high-profile events. Known especially for providing unique and dedicated exhibitor services, the venue has also created ample business opportunities between buyers and sellers.
Limassol Marina | Cyprus
Strategically located in the Mediterranean between Europe, North Africa, and the Middle East, Cyprus has long been seen as a meeting place between nations, with international event organisers granted access to the country’s UNESCO-listed sites steeped in history. Attracting millions of visitors every year, the island has made significant investment in its hotels, including the multimillion Limassol Marina, made up of over 270 units, restaurants, and bars. The venue’s multipurpose Trakosal event space houses a marine training school and cultural centre alongside its exhibitions and conferences, while the Marina Square offers a multitude of corporate and promotional gatherings in an outdoor setting.