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Page 52 • MICEBTN - FEBRUARY 2016 QuEENSlAND AUsTRAlIa’s Gold Coast Convention and Exhibition Centre (GCCEC) in-house Audio Visual specialists continue to orches- trate some of the most-technically-complex events in Australia using innovative technology such as four Christie Digital Pro- jectors which have been added to the Centres’ state-of-the-art equipment. The digital projectors are utilised for large format screens and pixel mapping throughout the venue. The video display technique enables special visual displays including the larg- est-ever-created by the team, spanning 50 metres wide and over eight metres high, projecting over eight million pixels. The projection technique uses specialised software to warp and blend projected images in 2D or 3D onto surfaces such as buildings, interior spaces and natural landscapes acting as unorthodox screens. When combined with bespoke content, specialists are able to set dynamic backdrops and visual masterpieces for events, conferences and meetings. Vision is the fastest moving element of audio visual Technol- ogy, according to GCCEC Audio Visual manager Ben Morris, making it a compelling drawcard for event organisers seeking the ‘wow-factor’. “Projection mapping transcends ordinary video projection because we can alter the perception of reality against any surface or space and create focal points for conference pro- ceedings or set 3D scenes for sophisticated gala events.” GCCEC at forefront of high-tech visuals New cruise terminal mooted for Brisbane BRISBANE’s existing Hamilton cruise ship terminal can han- dle vessels up to 270 metres long, but a new A$100 million concept terminal for Luggage Point would add about 10 per cent to the maximum ship length and cater for around 6,000 passengers per sailing. The concept - backed by Carnival Australia and Royal Car- ibbean cruise lines - is being considered by the Queensland government on the assumption it would be built by the private sector, without the need for public funding. The plan was prepared by the Port of Brisbane Authority in an attempt to ensure Brisbane stayed competitive in a world of ever-bigger cruise ships. Port of Brisbane Authority chief executive Roy Cummins said that by 2020, about 60 per cent of Brisbane’s cruise ves- sels would be ‘mega ships’ and the new terminal could triple the size of the cruise business in the city within 20 years - and contribute about A$1 billion a year to Queensland’s economy. Brisbane lord mayor Graham Quirk said a new Luggage Point terminal would compete with the Hamilton cruise ship facility and could be operational by 2019. The project still requires environmental and technical inves- tigations. Hong Kong Air adds daily Qld flights HONG Kong Airlines will begin year-round flights from Hong Kong to the Gold Coast and Cairns in Queensland from early April. The carrier will first complete its seasonal service ending in March and then switch to a twice-weekly service from early April before returning to thrice-weekly flights from July on the same direct Hong Kong-Gold Coast route, returning via Cairns.