Australasia

MCEC completes A$350m expansion

The Melbourne Convention and Exhibition Centre has completed an expansion project worth a total of A$350m (US $262m). The 20,000sqm expansion includes 9,000sqm of exhibition space as well as a theatre, multiple meeting rooms, a banquet room, a café and a bar. It ensures the MCEC remains Australia’s largest events space. It was funded by the 2015-16 Victorian State Budget in partnership with Plenar...

Australian government to fund event scholarships

The government of New South Wales (NSW), Australia, has confirmed that it will fund a total of 18 Diploma of Event Management scholarships this year. The scholarships are intended to help upskill and create more job opportunities for those living in rural and regional NSW. They are part of the NSW government’s partnership with Australia’s peak industry body for business events, Meetings & Even...

Conferences to deliver A$96m boost to Brisbane

Brisbane’s economy will be boosted by more than AUD$96m (US$70,877,235) following a record year of activity by the city’s dedicated convention bureau. Lord Mayor Graham Quirk said the past year had been the Brisbane Convention Bureau’s most successful to date, with 46,000 delegates set to visit Brisbane over 164,000 event days. “Last financial year the Brisbane Convention Bureau worked to secure 7...

Adelaide sets sights on the future of medicine at key conference

Adelaide, Australia has been named as the host city for the 2024 World Congress on Medical Physics and Biomedical Engineering. The event, which is held once every three years, is one of the largest international gatherings of medical physicists, biomedical engineers and specialists from related fields. The 2024 event will see 2,500 delegates from 89 countries converge on Adelaide, 12-18 October. T...

MCEC appoints director of Information Technology

Melbourne Convention and Exhibition Centre (MCEC) has announced the appointment of Celeste Johnston as director of Information Technology, commencing 6 August 2018. Johnston joins MCEC from AGL where she was head of Digital Technology Quality Assurance Digital Transformation Capability leader. Prior to joining AGL, Johnston was head of Quality Assurance, Project Governance and Release Management a...

Brisbane designs winning bid for DRS2020

Brisbane will welcome 600 leading minds in global design research after winning hosting rights for the Design Research Society (DRS) Conference 2020. Lord Mayor Graham Quirk said the competitive bid, led by the Brisbane Convention Bureau in partnership with Griffith University’s Queensland College of Art, will see the biennial international conference return to Australia in 2020 for the first time...

Australia’s best wedding venue recognised at awards show

The Showtime Events Centre, a venue that hosts boutique weddings in Melbourne, Australia, has been recognised as the country’s best. It took home the ‘Best Wedding Reception Venue’ award at the Australian Bridal Industry Academy (ABIA) awards on 19 June. The Showtime was selected from 3712 venues that were registered in the ABIA Awards Program, with over 100,000 newlyweds across Australia rating a...

MCEC appoints director of marketing and communications

Melbourne Convention and Exhibition Centre (MCEC) has appointed Carolyn Johnson as director of Marketing and Communications. She will take up her new role on 9 July 2018. Johnson worked most recently at hospitality, tourism and sport fund Hostplus, where she was head of marketing and had previously held a number of senior marketing positions with brands including Pacific Brands and Crown Resorts. ...