BTS23 Named Association Event Of The Year

The 2023 Brisbane Truck Show was named Association Event of the Year in the Meetings & Events Australia National Awards held last week at the Rydges Resort Hunter Valley.

The national recognition follows its success at a state level late last year when it was named Association Event of the Year in the 2023 Queensland Meetings & Events Australia (MEA) Awards – and previous awards for Best Corporate Event and Best Exhibition, Trade Or Consumer Show in 2019 and Best Live Or Hybrid Congress, Convention Or Exhibition in 2021.

Heavy Vehicle Industry Australia CEO Todd Hacking and National Events Manager Kay Marco – along with the crew from host venue the Brisbane Convention & Exhibition Centre – were on hand to celebrate last week’s impressive achievement.

Held on May 18-21, 2023, the 2023 Brisbane Truck Show smashed all attendance records, with 42,855 industry decision makers flocking to the event to check out more than 30,000 square metres of exhibitors of all the latest trucks, trailers, parts and accessories.

The 2023 event also encompassed a week-long festival of all things trucking with events and activities extending beyond the BCEC into the nearby South Bank Parklands and beyond. These included the Heavy Equipment and Machinery Show at the Brisbane Showgrounds and the Heritage Truck Show staged at the Rocklea Showgrounds.

“What started back in 1968 as an event to connect members with their customers has become much more than that,” Hacking says.

“Amazingly, it now ranks as Australia’s largest business-to-business event and there are so many other events that run alongside the Truck Show that make it a compelling opportunity for everyone to get together in Brisbane every two years.”

Hacking says the show’s success – and the award – would not have been possible without the support of key stakeholders, including sponsors and exhibitors.

“The 2023 Brisbane Truck Show benefited from commercial support from more significant partners than ever before, including Platinum Partner National Transport Insurance, Diamond Partners Caltex Australia and Carsales Group, and Gold Partners BP and Wurth,” he says.

Hacking also singled out the incredible support from the Queensland Government.

“A few years ago, we created Australian Heavy Vehicle Industry Week to capture all the events taking place alongside the show,” he says.

“The Queensland Government, particularly through the Premier’s Office and Tourism and Events Queensland, have been our major partner in that initiative for the last three shows. Brisbane Economic Development Agency is also key to opening doors and breaking down barriers.

“We thank them for their support that is key to us taking on some of our greatest ambitions to secure this invaluable industry event.”

Finally, Hacking paid tribute to the HVIA team, led by National Events Manager Kay Marco and National Events – Production Manager Noelene Bradley.

“We have a very small but talented team that punch way above their weight. Their passion and dedication to constantly improve the event deserves recognition,” he says.

The 2025 Brisbane Truck Show will be held May 15-18, 2025 at the Brisbane Convention and Exhibition Centre. For more information visit www.brisbanetruckshow.com.au.

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