Great News for Cairns. We will host G20 Finance Ministers Meeting in 2014.

Prime Minister Julia Gillard has announced at a press conference on The Esplanade that Cairns will host the G20 Finance Ministers’ meeting in 2014.

Around 4,000 delegates and 3,000 international media are expected to attend the event, which is likely to be held at the Brisbane Exhibition and Convention Centre. An invitation to the November 2014 meeting is extended to leaders of the world’s 20 largest economies.

Leaders from other regional cities including the Gold Coast, Townsville and Toowoomba had previously indicated an interest in hosting the international meeting of finance ministers ahead of the summit in Brisbane.

As many as 2,000 people will visit Cairns as part of the meeting, giving us the opportunity to promote Far North Queensland to the world.

“The reef, the tropical rainforests, its a tremendous opportunity to showcase a part of Australia which is the gateway to the emerging world in Asia.” said Wayne Swan.

The G20 meeting has the potential to provide a huge boost to the Cairns economy then and into the future, including accommodation, hospitality, transport and tourism.

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