The Asia Pacific division of venue management company ASM Global has reportedly advocated for the Gold Coast Convention and Exhibition Centre in Australia to be doubled in size. 

The plans also outline the addition of a 12,000-seat indoor arena and a 2,000-seat ballroom. 

The proposal has been put forward by Harvey Lister, APAC chairman and chief executive of ASM Global – Asia Pacific, according to a report from the Gold Coast Bulletin. 

Lister told the Gold Coast Bulletin that the site is “by far the best site for such a venue [being] centrally located on the Gold Coast close to thousands of hotel rooms, restaurants and bars, Star Casino and Pacific Fair”.

ASM Global is also backing a new 18,000-seat Brisbane Live venue above the Roma Street rail yards, which was announced back in December 2019.

The plans for the expansion includes three exhibition halls measuring in at 7,500 square metres, which means that arena spans about 11,300 square metres. When combined with the floor from the adjoining new arena, there will be a total of 14,000 square metres available for exhibition space. 

It has also been reported that the expansion project is set to cost A$750m (£410m/€480m/$556m).

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