Brisbane Airport BNE Issue 3 - page 6

brisbane insider
risbane will have a new boutique hotel on the block when Gambaro Hotel opens on
Caxton Street, just minutes from the city centre, in May. The boutique hotel has been
designed to provide “a second home” to business and leisure travellers by international
firm HBA/Hirsch Bedner who drew on its global experience for inspiration.
The 68 rooms and suites are a careful balance of luxury, comfort and intimacy and an atrium
provides a core of light through the building’s centre “to bring the outside in”. Guests in the
suites will sleep easy in Sealy Grand-Luxe beds exclusive to Gambaro and all guests will be able
to select from an additional pillow menu. Some rooms have private balconies and all have the
latest entertainment technology, complimentary WiFi and 24/7 concierge services.
NEW BOUTIQUE hotel TO open
10 fast facts
about G20
• The G20 is the premier forum for
international economic cooperation.
The event brings together world
leaders and finance ministers from 20
countries which represent 85 per
cent of global economic output.
• It is estimated G20 will generate
about $100 million in long-term
economic benefits for Brisbane.
• The G20 Leaders Summit will
take place in Brisbane on 15 and 16
• November 14 has been declared a
public holiday in Brisbane and the
week leading up to the main summit
is being called ‘Leaders Week’.
• As this year’s host, Australia has
invited Singapore and New Zealand
to join the G20 table.
• Brisbane Convention and Exhibition
Centre (
) is the official venue
for G20 leaders’ meetings while some
forums also will be held at venues
across Brisbane.
• The Summit will be attended by
26 world leaders and eight heads
of organisations such as the
United Nations, the World Bank, the
World Trade Organisation and the
International Monetary Fund.
• 4000 delegates will attend plus 3000
international and national media.
• Cairns will host the official G20
Finance Ministers Meeting.
• The G20 event is the largest security
operation in the history of
Queensland and more than 5000
police from Queensland, interstate
and New Zealand will take part.
Moreton Bay’s past uncovered
Most people know
Moreton Bay as a popular
holiday destination and
wilderness retreat but
the region has a diverse
history which has seen its
islands put to many uses,
including a prison, a leper
colony and an asylum.
These and other intriguing
stories are revealed in a new
exhibition called
The Many
Lives of Moreton Bay
at the
Museum of Brisbane until
12 October.
One of the paintings on display was unearthed in suburban Hendra and restored for the
exhibition. It was painted in 1878 by an inmate on St Helena Island when it was the site of a
maximum security prison and gives a perspective of St Helena that has not been seen in more
than 100 years. The exhibition reveals more untold stories of Moreton Bay’s diverse history
to its intersection with conservation, modern industry and tourism in a mix of visual arts and
multimedia including an interactive map, video interviews, archival footage and paintings.
The Museum of Brisbane is open daily from 10am to 5pm on Level 3, Brisbane City
Hall. Free entry. See
for more information.
Brisbane Greeters program a hit in the city
Brisbane Greeters have welcomed more than 12,000 travellers to the city since the program began two years ago. There are now 140 greeters
who provide a free sightseeing service (offered in 25 different languages including Russian and Mandarin) to locals and travellers keen to explore
Brisbane. Tour itineraries can be selected by the greeter or a Your Choice option allows the group to choose a topic of interest. Greeters will help
welcome the 7000 delegates expected to land in Brisbane for G20 in November. The Greeters initiative started in New York City more than 20
years ago and has been adopted in 61 cities and regions throughout the world. Book a tour at
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