BTS boosts QLD economy and promotes transport industry careers

The official economic impact results for the Brisbane Truck Show held in May this year are in and the numbers point to a big boost for the Queensland economy.BTS WS 2013

Show organisers the Commercial Vehicle Industry Association of Queensland (CVIAQ) commissioned recognised consulting group AECgroup to conduct an independent Economic Impact Assessment of this year’s event.

Living up to its reputation of the  transport industry’s premier event the results are outstanding, with its 286 exhibitors and 37,774 visitors to the event (up 8% on 2011) estimated to have contributed an extraordinary impact to the State economy, generating:

  • Additional expenditure of over $61 million into the Queensland economy.
  • 28.5 million in gross value added activities
  • 15.5 million in wages and salaries;
  • the equivalent of 248 full time employment positions.

CEO of the CVIAQ Brett Wright applauded the CVIAQ members, industry exhibitors and attendees for the manner in which they embraced and supported the 2013 Brisbane Truck Show.

“Many of our exhibitors have expressed record show sales and lead generation from this year’s event,” he said.

BTS draw visitors from around the world and around Australia. International visitors made up 7.6% of the attendance, interstate 29.8% and Queensland regional 22.2% of travellers to the region.

As well as boosting tourism dollars for the region the BTS brings the whole industry together and tackles some of the biggest issues faced by the industry today.

“At CVIAQ we are committed to delivering Australia’s premier event – the Brisbane Truck Show, run by the industry, for the industry,” said Mr Wright.

Mr Wright used the opening breakfast to present CVIAQ’s report into the Future Trends in Workforce Demand and Occupational Priorities for the Commercial Vehicle Sector – 2013 to 2018  to give clear advice to the Queensland Government in guiding the industry over the next 5 to 10 years.

CVIAQ also focused heavily on promoting careers and opportunities in the industry with its dedicated Industry Careers Centre organising transport for several schools to attend seminars introducing them to a career in transport.

CVIAQ also focused on the not-for-profit organisations working on the ground to help workers in the transport industry and other charitable groups working in the community. These organisations included Lights on the Hill Trucking Memorial, TRUST Support Truckies inc, the Rotary Club along with medical foundations Trans-Help, Leukaemia Foundation, National Stroke and Prostate Cancer as well as the fundraiser the Brisbane Convoy for Kids.

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