The Adelaide Convention Centre opened its doors in 1987 with the twin aims of setting a new benchmark for convention facilities and services in Australia and contributing to the South Australian economy by attracting a high yield tourism sector to the State.
We have succeeded on both counts. We have a global reputation for excellence, as reflected by a string of awards and a high rate of repeat business, and to date we have created more than $1.4 billion in economic benefit for South Australia. We’re very proud of that.
Like all good convention facilities we are constantly evolving and improving. We’ve completed three major extensions in the past three decades – the most recent our striking new East Building. When the East Building officially opens in August 2017, we will have added an additional 3000 square metres of space to the complex. [Read more about the project here]
It’s a big undertaking in more ways than one, but an important one. In 2010, Ernst & Young estimated that the State Government’s investment to create an expanded ACC would generate an additional $1.92 billion in economic benefit over the next 25 years.
Each year we run around 700 individual events, hosting approximately 200,000 delegates and guests, and prepare and serve some 45,000 meals.
We couldn’t do what we do without a lot of support, not the least from our 400+ employees and casuals. We thank them for their efforts, and in turn hope we provide them with a stimulating and fulfilling work environment.
We also thank and acknowledge the Kaurna people of the Adelaide Plains, the traditional custodians of the land on which the Centre is built.