G20 World leaders start to call Brisbane home
BRISBANE has become a virtual ghost town as leaders from across the world start arriving today ahead of this weekend's G20 World Leaders Summit.
The normally bustling CBD and Southbank precincts have been abandoned as final security measures and road closures are put into place ahead of the impending arrival of more than 20 world leaders.
The first world leader to touch down on Wednesday was South African President Jacob Zuma who arrived at Brisbane Airport's G20 Terminal shortly after 4am before being whisked away to his accommodation at the Pullman Hotel.
Queensland Premier Campbell Newman, who greeted Mr Zuma, will continue to meet world leaders as they arrive until Prime Minister Tony Abbott returns from the APEC Summit in China.
The G20 Terminal will be abuzz later today and tomorrow when the vast majority of world leaders are expected to touch down.
It is understood Thursday arrivals could include Saudi Arabia's King Abdullah, Turkish Prime Minister Ahmet Davutoglu and Brazil President Dilma Rousseff.
Leaders that are expected to touch down in Brisbane on Friday include Canadian Prime Minister Stephen Harper, Spanish Prime Minister Mariano Rajoy, German Chancellor Angela Merkel, British Prime Minister David Cameron, Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi, Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe and Indonesian President Joko Widodo.
Other world leaders expected to arrive tomorrow include South Korea President Park Geun-hye, Burma President Thein Sein and Chinese President Xi Jinping.
United States President Barack Obama and Russian President Vladimir Putin, French President Francois Hollande, Mexican President Enrique Pena Nieto, Italian Prime Minister Matteo Renzi and New Zealand Prime Minister John Key are expected to arrive in Brisbane on Saturday morning.
The G20 Summit will officially begin on Saturday afternoon.
WHERE THE WORLD LEADERS ARE STAYING
United States President Barack Obama - Marriott Hotel
Russian President Vladimir Putin - Hilton Hotel
British Prime Minister David Cameron - Treasury Hotel
Chinese President Xi Jinping - Stamford Plaza
Saudi Arabia's King Abdullah - Sanctuary Cove
Australian Prime Minister Tony Abbott - Rydges Southbank
Burma President Thein Sein - Gambaros
French President Francois Hollande and Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi - Sofitel
German Chancellor Angela Merkel - Four Points by Sheraton
Japanese Prime Minster Shinzo Abe - Novotel
South African President Jacob Zuma - Pullman Hotel
Brazil President Dilma Rousseff and South Korea President Park Geun-hye - Royal on the Park