FAQs - Physically Attending Delegates

See below for some of our most commonly asked questions by physically attending delegates.


2021APCS Special Edition, why should I attend?

The 2021 Asia Pacific Cities Summit and Mayors’ Forum Special Edition (2021APCS Special Edition) is the region’s premier Summit that brings together one of the largest number of city leaders with the best and brightest in business. Now in its 25th year, and as a recognised and awarded leader in events, the 2021APCS Special Edition will bring together business, industry and cities to enable relationship building and contribute towards the success and sustainability of cities into the future.

Where will the 2021APCS Special Edition take place?

The main Summit program will take place at Brisbane Convention and Exhibition Centre at South Bank (Glenelg Street, South Brisbane). There will also be an opening event held at Flight Centre Building Rooftop Terrace and a Cocktail reception held at South Bank. Project Showcases will also be held throughout the program, taking place at various locations across Brisbane.



How do I register?

Early-bird registration is available until 29 July. For further details on registration packages and to register, please visit the Register page.

What does each full-time registration include?

  • Opening event
  • Cocktail reception
  • Project Showcases
  • Keynote, Future Cities Panel, Big Picture (plenary) and Deep Dive (concurrent) sessions.
  • Entry and access to exhibition area
  • Meal breaks (Thursday and Friday)
  • Access to 2021APCS App
  • Opportunity to arrange business meetings with other delegates
  • Log on to the virtual platform (visible for 180 days post-event)
  • Access to the local government’s tender portal details in a combined document for attendees, which will provide all APCS participants with single-portal access to project tenders and EOI’s in cities represented at the 2021APCS Special Edition.

Is there a delivery guarantee?

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Who will participate in the 2021APCS Special Edition?

  • Mayors, governors and commissioners
  • Chief executive officers and chief procurement officers of local government
  • Urban administrators, city managers and senior civic executive managers
  • Key business and industry leaders and representatives
  • Senior policy makers and municipality directors, including specialists in transport, planning, environment, infrastructure, energy, water and economic development
  • Heads of industry and senior technical directors with a strategic interest in city management
  • University and research leaders relating to urbanisation and managing cities
  • Young professionals and emerging leaders from both private and public sectors.

Will anyone from overseas be participating in this event?

International mayors and delegates will participate virtually in the event.

What are the opportunities and benefits of being involved with this event?

The 2021APCS Special Edition offers a wide range of opportunities and may provide benefits to the groups listed below.

  • Local government employees – discuss common issues and challenges facing governments throughout the world and offer professional development experiences.
  • Chief procurement officers – learn of new product and service offerings that could be used by your organisation.
  • Chief executive officers, general managers or departmental managers – participate in the City Leaders’ Forum, meet with other government leaders from the Asia Pacific region and exchange ideas, challenges and best practice.
  • Private enterprise – Opportunities to promote your brand or product to civic and business leaders of the Asia Pacific region. Exhibition and networking opportunities are available throughout the summit.  



What topics will be covered during the 2021APCS Special Edition?

The overarching theme of the Summit is ‘Redefining Cities through Opportunities and Challenges’ with four sub-themes to be discussed:

Program outline

Please refer here for the current program.

Speaker session types

2021APCS Keynote address

World renowned keynote sessions that are not attached to sub-themes but seek to address the overall Summit theme of 'Redefining Cities through Opportunities and Challenges.’ Speakers by invitation only. Opening sessions on program, both Thursday and Friday.

Future Cities Panels

High level plenary session on broader city-based issues. Speakers are city leaders speaking in panel format.

Big Picture Sessions

Plenary sessions which address one of the sub-themes from a macro perspective. These feature one or two speakers (either one for 20 minutes or two for 10 minutes each) who are recognised as leaders within the field. Two themes per day, both Thursday and Friday.

Deep Dive Sessions

Focused concurrent sessions featuring immersive case studies and presentations which will delve into detail. Each Deep Dive Session will be hosted by a session chairperson.

What are the Project Showcases?

  • Thursday 9 September 2021 - To be announced shortly.
  • Friday 10 September 2021 - Brisbane City Council is excited to provide you with the opportunity to explore the latest project information and discover how Brisbane Metro will revolutionise public transport in Brisbane. The high-capacity, high-frequency Brisbane Metro vehicles will transform the way we move around our city by providing frequent, convenient and reliable turn-up-and-go services. This innovative project will also deliver new and improved infrastructure and a redesigned Brisbane Metro and bus network that will provide more travel options with easy links between bus and train services.

What transport will be provided?

Transport will be provided for delegates to and from Project Showcases from the Brisbane Convention and Exhibition Centre.

What is the Mayors’ Forum and Accord?

The Mayors’ Forum is an opportunity for local government leaders to come together and share their insights, discuss trends and issues facing their cities and develop solutions to promote growth and prosperity in cities. This is by invitation only and is open to mayors, deputy mayors and governors. Only one representative per city is permitted. The Mayors’ Forum will be held on Wednesday 8 September 2021 and will develop an Accord that will be presented and signed during the Summit. For further details, please visit the Mayors’ Forum page.

What is the City Leaders’ Forum?

The inaugural City Leaders’ Forum is an opportunity for chief executive officers, general managers and departmental managers to learn from one another and address common issues. For further details, please visit the City Leaders’ Forum page.

What are the Tourism Case Studies?

The Tourism Case Studies are an opportunity for delegates to study Brisbane and South East Queensland’s local tourism strategies and providers who have successfully navigated through and adapted to operating during a global pandemic. The case studies will serve as an opportunity to learn best practice and network with fellow delegates. Six (6) tourism offerings are available across the Summit program, including:

  • Museum of Brisbane - History on the Hill Experience (location - Inner City)
  • City Winery - Wine Blending Workshop (location - Inner City)
  • Story Bridge Adventure Climb – Twilight Climb (location - Inner City)
  • Floating Images Hot Air Balloon Flights (location - Ipswich)
  • Sunset Safaris (location - Moreton Island)
  • Spirit of the Red Sand (location - Gold Coast)

For further details on each case study such as description and available booking times, please visit the Tourism Case Studies page.

How much are the Tourism Case Studies?

Prices vary according to the experience, starting from $20. Please visit the Tourism Case Studies page for further details.

What is the dress code for the Summit?

The dress code for the Summit, networking and social events is business attire. During September, the temperature in Brisbane can vary from 14-24 ºC.



Will airport transfers be available?

Delegates will be required to make their own way from the airport to their accommodation. Please find information here about travelling from the airport to the CBD.

What are the accommodation options?

Accommodation can be booked via a link sent following registration for the 2021APCS Special Edition. Hotels providing preferential rates for delegates include:

  • W Hotel, North Quay, Brisbane City ($265 per room per night). Approximately 1.1 kilometres from Brisbane Convention and Exhibition Centre.
  • Hilton Hotel, Elizabeth Street, Brisbane City (preferential rate at time of booking). Approximately 3.6 kilometres from Brisbane Convention and Exhibition Centre.
  • Courtyard by Marriot, South Bank (rates vary from $180-220 per night). Approximately 1.4 kilometres from Brisbane Convention and Exhibition Centre. 

Delegates will be required to arrange their own transport from their accommodation to the Summit.

Is this possible to stay in alternate accommodation?

You are welcome to book accommodation at other hotels.



How can I connect with other delegates during the Summit?

The 2021APCS Special Edition app will allow registered delegates to connect with each other and request meetings. This will open prior to the Summit and all delegates will be notified once this is available.

Physical delegates can also interact with virtual delegates through the virtual platform. This will allow delegates to message each other and arrange meetings, up to 180 days post-summit.

You can also hear directly from businesses and government representatives who have previously attended APCS.



Are there any opportunities for young people at the summit?

A concession rate is available for eligible full-time students.



Please direct further enquiries to APCS Secretariat.

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