NoVacancy Hotel & Accommodation Industry Expo trade mission

Invest Gold Coast will attend the NoVacancy Hotel + Accommodation Industry Expo at the International Convention Centre Sydney (ICC Sydney) from 18 to 19 September 2024. Targeting up to 10 Gold Coast accommodation providers to participate in the mission.

Accommodation providers and suppliers are invited to an Invest Gold Coast Networking Event 4pm, 18 September 2024, an exclusive opportunity to network and gain new insights. We give priority access for Gold Coast businesses.

Expressions of interest for the trade mission are now open.

Register your interest

About the Expo

NoVacancy Hotel + Accommodation Industry Expo is attended by over 6000 hotel and accommodation leaders who are looking to:

  • share best practices
  • maximise occupancy
  • increase revenue
  • optimise operational solutions
  • find help with sourcing products, and
  • access some of the best education in the industry.

Innovation on show with over 300 exhibitors in the areas of:

  • guest experience and technology
  • revenue and distribution
  • interiors and refurbishment
  • loyalty and digital marketing
  • management and operations, and
  • housekeeping products.

Trade mission objective

We would like to:

  • support accommodation providers with sharing of industry best practices and networking with design professionals and local/domestic suppliers
  • support accommodation providers in analysing their supplier network
  • generate hotel and related business investment in the city
  • improve the global reputation of the city as a place for business
  • strengthen domestic stakeholder relationships.

Trade mission opportunity

This trade mission targets Gold Coast accommodation providers who are considering a renovation/refurbishment and/or tech upgrades to their property.

As delegates, you will travel as part of our mission program and be able to leverage a tailored business program inclusive of activities including a two-day expo and summit, business matching and networking opportunities.

Available funding

NoVacancy is free-to-attend. We are providing an incentive of up to $1000 to eligible accommodation providers. The incentive covers flights and accommodation only, with the incentive payment made post-event.

Eligibility criteria

To qualify, participants should:

  • be an accommodation provider within the Gold Coast local government area
  • have identified tech upgrades and/or refurbishment budgets (combined greater than $50,000)
  • have a timeframe for investment of 1 to 2 years
  • have an inventory of more than 30 rooms
  • be committed to sourcing locally and domestically as a priority
  • have participated in either the 2020 or 2022 Accommodation Investment Outlook Survey or will consider participating in upcoming investment surveys.

Previous recipients of this incentive payment are not eligible this year. 

Key dates

Date Activity
19 August 2024 Applications close
11 September 2024 Pre-departure briefing with mission delegates
18 September 2024

10:00 to 16:30. NoVacancy Hotel and Accommodation Industry Expo and Summit
16:00 to 17:30. Invest Gold Coast Networking Event

19 September 2023 10:00 to 16:30. NoVacancy Hotel and Accommodation Industry Expo and Summit


30 September 2024 Post-event report due (including flight/accommodation receipts)


"Access to so many providers in one location made sourcing new technologies and soft furnishings simultaneously, an absolute breeze. This saved time in comparing products, reduced costs in both wages and procurement as well as giving us access to local producers, something we are passionate about at Eden! So great to share successes and strategies with those who not only understand but are equally as passionate about tourism and the guest experience as we are. We will absolutely make NoVacancy an annual occurrence."
– General Manager, Eden Health Retreat

"No Vacancy is the must attend event for the year. It has all the relevant suppliers and speakers with informative products and technologies. If you want to keep up with trends and efficiencies then you need to attend."
– Facility Manager, RACV Royal Pines

"With an increasing number of hotels and resorts in the Burleigh area we decided this was something we “had” to attend, so that we could assist our owners and our body corporate in making future decisions in this very competitive, yet extraordinarily supportive industry."
– Owner, Cashelmara Beachfront Apartments

Invest Gold Coast Networking Event

An exclusive Gold Coast Supply Chain Networking Event will be held at the end of the first day of the expo (4pm, 18 September 2024).

We would like to support local businesses who supply to the hotel and accommodation market. This networking event will assist with the promotion of the Gold Coast as a destination for business investment and to enable supply chain opportunities for the city.

Hear first hand about the Gold Coast’s latest major public and private investments, along with a presentation from a Gold Coast developer on their investment priorities.

If you’re a Gold Coast-based accommodation provider or supply chain business for the hotel and accommodation sector, please register for this free event at NoVacancy Expo. Select Register now, fill in your details and select Invest Gold Coast Networking Event.