Hi-tech meetings venue in the pipeline for Adelaide

ADELAIDE may not (yet) be the first choice for those seeking MICE opportunities in Australia, but it could well be in the future.

Adelaide Convention Centre’s East Building – set to open in 2017 – will feature the world’s largest seating drums and a hinged heating system stored in the roof space.

The two 18-meter revolving drums – each which can accommodate 320 people – can rotate 180 degrees in minutes, and will provide delegates and presenters a unique conference experience.

Spice reported that the drums and hinged seating work in tandem with fully operable sliding walls, which can be put into place to enclose conference space, or be retracted to open up the Plenary to full capacity.

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Meanwhile, the Plenary will allow numerous possible reconfigurations of the space to suit the requirements of each event with options for tiered or flat floor.

Adelaide Convention Centre chief executive Alec Gilbert said, “New technologies are the hallmark of the $400 million expansion which will set a new benchmark in convention centre design and functionality.”

Much of the South Australian capital’s MICE industry is facilitated by the Adelaide Convention Bureau.

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