Sea World ballroom

Sea World Resort on the Gold Coast is set to build a new convention centre capable of hosting 1000 people by 2015.

The move comes as the region has seen a surge in airline capacity, primarily on the back of Qantas reintroducing services from Sydney, along with long-haul flights from Air Asia X and Scoot.

Sea World Resort and Water Park General Manager, Bikash Randhawa, said the new centre would be a “game changer” for the corporate sector in the region.

“This will be a unique conferencing venue in a world class location,” he said. “We have been offering exceptional mid-size conferences for many years and this new centre will allow us to do business on a much larger scale.

“It will reinforce our position as one of the conference leaders on the Gold Coast.”

With 750sqm of space, dividable into three sections, the new conference centre is due for completion in 2015 and will join the six existing conference venues currently in operation at Sea World Resort.

The new facility will include the latest audio-visual equipment, a Porte Cochere with vehicle access, as well as a large Al Fresco-style veranda that’s ideal for coffee breaks, lunches and cocktail receptions.

Randhawa said the new centre would provide numerous points of difference from other venues.

“Delegates can really discover a world of difference here at Sea World Resort, and our dedicated team will make any conference simply unforgettable,” he said.

“Thanks to our sister properties we will also offer partners and families of delegates some amazing experiences and package events at Warner Bros. Movie World, Sea World, Wet’n’Wild, Paradise Country and Australian Outback Spectacular as part of their conferencing at the Resort.

“At Sea World Resort you’ll experience that special touch, and our diverse range of venues and packages can be tailored to meet the needs of your conference,” he said.

Sea World Resort offers 402 rooms and suites allowing delegates to stay on site, making the Resort a one-stop conference destination. There are also four restaurants and two bar areas, including award-winning a la carte, a modern seafood buffet at The Shoreline and authentic Japanese cuisine at Hatsuhana, as well as free WiFi access throughout the Resort and complimentary broadband to all guest rooms.