Brisbane Airport gives delayed travellers free coffee, Tim Tams during the G20

By Chris Chamberlin, November 12 2014

With the G20 proceedings kicking off this week, Brisbane Airport is handing out free Tim Tams and coffee vouchers to travellers that may be delayed by the arrival or departure of government aircraft.

The flights most likely to run behind schedule are those taking off or touching down this Thursday, Friday and Sunday in the afternoons and evenings, with airport staff on standby to distribute goodies to inconvenienced jetsetters.

Rachel Crowley, Brisbane Airport Corporation’s Head of Corporate Relations, said that BAC wanted to make sure the travelling public experienced some of the excitement of the G20, despite possible minor delays to their travel.

“The G20 Leaders Summit is a wonderful opportunity for our city, state and country, but it does mean it won’t be entirely ‘business as usual’ at the airport,” she said.

Passengers awaiting their flights may be able to catch a glimpse of Air Force One ferrying US President Barack Obama to the Sunshine State – although its arrival and departure times won’t be publicised.

Visitors to the airport can also pass the time at one of several ‘Selfie Centres’, where they can catch an image of themselves in front of a selection of the world’s leaders.

Brisbane’s domestic terminal will play host to a collaboration with La Boite Theatre Company, a chalk art extravaganza, and G20 flag tattoo give-aways over the week ahead.

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Chris Chamberlin

Chris Chamberlin is the Associate Editor of Executive Traveller and lives by the motto that a journey of a thousand miles begins with a single step, a great latte, a theatre ticket and a glass of wine!

They keep describing the summit as a "wonderful opportunity". Please explain how and why it is so wonderful? I don't get it.

I was at the top end of Melbourne CBD this morning near the Sofitel hotel. There was a heavy police presence, with mounted police at the Sofitel driveway. It was nearly impossible getting a taxi and for that brief moment it felt extremely uncomfortable having the mass of security personnel congregating around the area.

I feel really sorry for the people of Brisbane. 

12 Jun 2013

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Well, uhh, some of the delegates may be so impressed with Brisbane (the tiny slice that they'll see from their secure area) that they'll come back on holidays later. That's potentially, like, thousands of extra dollars for the local economy!

Also, think of all that extra publicity for the city which will appear literally several times in international news stories! I've sold G20 events to Pittsburgh, Los Cabos, and Strelna, and by golly it put them on the map!

Well, sir, there's nothing on earth

Like a genuine, bona fide

Electrified, six-day G20 meeting!

Hugo, it's hard for me to tell if you're being sincere or sarcastic :p

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24 Aug 2011

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Uh-oh. VA lounges will be smashed on Sunday evening (moreso than usual). 

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24 Aug 2011

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And in reply to myself, the whole process was quite orderly like nothing had happened. Well done Brisbane and BNE. 

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25 Aug 2014

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Air Force One is due to land at Amberley I believe. Not many passengers awaiting flights at Amberley so unlikely many people will get to see Air Force One. 

VA

25 Aug 2014

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Yes I also think the entire thing will be rather pointless for Brisbane or bring any real lasting benefit to the city. That is why I will be exiting they city for the weekend. 

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24 Aug 2011

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True. The best location for meetings like the G20 would be Diego Garcia. Out of the way of everyone else, nice and secure. 

OMG!!!!! You read my mind!!!!! +100!


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