13 October 2011
The ACC generated more than $90 million in economic benefit to South Australia in the past financial year including a record $30.2 million in income from event and other trading activities.
And it is estimated that following Stage two of the ACC expansion, the Centre will generate an additional $76 million per annum and an additional 1,784 jobs on average per annum.
ACC Chief Executive Alec Gilbert said the Centre generated $91.1 million in economic benefits for the State ($16 million more than its target) through events in the past financial year.
“It’s an outstanding result that we’re incredibly proud of.
“We’ve attracted approximately 22 500 visitors to South Australia, who would not otherwise have visited, and generated more than 101,000 hotel bed nights.”
Tourism Minister John Rau congratulated the ACC on its milestone and said this year’s record-breaking performance highlighted the importance of the convention centre upgrade, due to begin this year.
“The enormous economic benefit brought to South Australia by the ACC underlines the potential that can be unlocked by the $350 million upgrade,” Mr Rau said.
In the past financial year, the ACC:
· Held a total of 505 events including four international events and 45 national events
· Attracted more than 328 000 people/delegates to events
· Held 239 dinners, attended by a total of more than 77 000 guests
· Achieved repeat client business of 59%
· Achieved 98% positive client feedback