Sunshine Coast Convention Centre officially opens at Novotel Twin Waters Resort


Queensland Tourism Industry Development Minister Kate Jones officially opened the $10 million Sunshine Coast Convention Centre at Novotel Twin Waters Resort.

Positioned on the grounds of the Novotel Twin Waters Resort, the convention centre has been purpose-built by Shakespeare Property Group who purchased the Resort in September 2018 for $100 million.

Minister Jones was joined for a formal ribbon cutting ceremony by Sunshine Coast Mayor Mark Jamieson, Shakespeare Property Group Chairman Cheng King Law, Shakespeare Property Group Managing Director Yak Yong Quek and Accor Chief Operating Officer, Pacific Simon McGrath.

Jones said the 3,300 sq m convention centre, capable of hosting more than 2,700 delegates, would be a game-changer for the region.

“This centre has enough capacity to house 200 trade stands at once. It will be instrumental in securing events the Sunshine Coast has never been able to host in the past,” she said.

“I look forward to coming back in November this year when the convention centre will come alive for Queensland’s leading tourism industry event, the DestinationQ Forum, which will again be held alongside the Queensland Tourism Awards,” she added.

Shakespeare Property Group, have set the ambitious goal of increasing delegate numbers to the new convention centre by 30% within two years.

Shakespeare Property Group Managing Director Yak Yong Quek said the company was proud to expand its operation on the Sunshine Coast.

“To compliment the delivery of this state-of-the-art convention centre we have also committed to extensive upgrading of the hotel lobby, food and beverage facilities. These works will commence imminently and will be completed by October 2019,” he said.

Accor Chief Operating Officer Pacific, Simon McGrath said, “We look forward to continuing our successful partnership with Shakespeare Property Group with the management of the Sunshine Coast Convention Centre at Novotel Twin Waters Resort. We are confident that this new convention facility, supported by our strong network of hotels in Queensland’s South East and beyond, will drive visitor growth to the Sunshine Coast, create jobs, support local businesses and deliver broader economic benefits to the region as a whole.”

The new-build Sunshine Coast Convention Centre, located within Novotel Twin Waters Resort, will offer a choice of six different dynamic meeting and event spaces.