The Brisbane Convention Bureau has announced a new grant programme to enlist the city's up-and-coming industry and research leaders as conference advocates.

Launched this month by Lord Mayor Graham Quirk, the Convention Trailblazer Grant awards a share of AU$25,000 (US$19,000) per year to local professionals or researchers who help to attract valuable industry conferences to Brisbane.

“Through the inaugural Lord Mayor’s Convention Trailblazer Grant, we want to empower talented and high-performing people who live or work in Brisbane to help us attract new international conferences that add to our city’s knowledge, help grow our economy and develop Brisbane’s talent and skills,” Quirk said.

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Acting general manager at Brisbane Convention Bureau, Juliet Alabaster, said the programme will deliver up to five grants per year, each to a maximum value of AU$5,000. Recipients can use the grant to attend an international conference of their choice, within their relevant industry.

“We want to enable our trailblazers to make a significant contribution to their industry, and also make valuable connections and form relationships that will help pave the way for Brisbane as an ideal future host destination,” Alabaster said.

“We want innovators, pioneers, ground-breakers and people who want to build valuable networks and create opportunities for their careers and the industry.”