A pioneer from the start, the Adelaide Convention Centre celebrates 30 years in business in 2017 after opening as Australia’s first purpose-built convention centre in 1987. Over the past three decades, the Centre has carved a global reputation for excellence and service, and has been instrumental in building South Australia’s reputation for business tourism and events.

“Since its establishment, the Centre has been an economic success story for South Australia,” comments Alec Gilbert, Chief Executive of Adelaide Convention Centre. “Over the past 30 years, we have played host to 1800 conferences, welcomed more than six million delegates and guests, and delivered in excess of $1.4 billion in economic benefit to the state. The forecast for the future is even more vibrant with business resulting from our newly expanded centre expected to inject an additional $1.92 billion into the South Australian economy over the next 25 years.”

The Centre will mark its 30th anniversary year by unveiling a fresh new look, thanks to the upcoming completion of its redevelopment and subsequent launch of its all-new new East Building. By no coincidence, the new East Building occupies the same footprint as the Centre’s original Plenary Building, which was opened on 13 June, 1987 by the Hon. John Bannon, then Premier of South Australia.

Take a look at the changing faces of the Adelaide Convention Centre over the past 30 years to see how far we’ve come, and admire the stunning new architecture, inspired by the South Australian landscape.