Melbourne hotels and experiences – What’s new for 2022

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Melbourne hotels and experiences – What’s new for 2022
This article is brought to you in partnership with the Melbourne Convention Bureau (MCB) and Business Events Australia.

As a premier destination for delegates and event planners, Melbourne is ever-changing its offering providing an array of new reasons to host business events in the city. As we bring in the new year, CMW spoke with Melbourne Convention Bureau (MCB) chief executive Julia Swanson about some of the newest exciting things coming to the city in 2022.

“A high number of new attractions, hotels, dining offerings and cultural experiences are now open in Melbourne and its regions making it a great time to be hosting an event in Melbourne,” said Swanson.

“Business events will be spoilt for choice with a range of new openings like the Oakwood Premier Melbourne and Hyatt Centric by Hyatt providing exciting new options for our clients, with the hotly awaited The Ritz-Carlton – destined to be an attraction in its own right as the tallest hotel in Australia, set to open in 2022.”

Oakwood Premier Melbourne is Australia’s first Oakwood Premier hotel in Australia and the first five-star ‘hybrid’ hotel, designed with rooms 392 rooms for both guests on short stays as well as studios or one and two-bedroom apartments which are perfect for extended stays.

“This 40-storey debut hotel for Oakwood Premier in Melbourne is set to inspire guests. Four function spaces of various sizes are available to host business events and celebrate special occasions in a quiet and private pocket of Southbank.

“For end of the day networking with unbeatable views, head to the rooftop bar, Sky Bar Melbourne. Ideally located for business trips, guests are within walking distance to Melbourne Convention and Exhibition Centre, Melbourne’s incredible dining scene and the Yarra River is at the doorstep,” said Swanson.

Oakwood Premier Melbourne 202 Normanby Street, Southbank, 3006.

Recently opened, Hyatt Centric Melbourne features 277 guest rooms and a premium restaurant inspired by Melbourne’s local foodie scene all within minutes from the city’s Docklands and Southbank precincts.

“Melbourne is known for its rooftop bars and guests won’t be disappointed when they head to TOMA Restaurant and Bar located on the 25th floor to enjoy spectacular views across Melbourne’s Yarra River,” said Swanson. Meeting planners take note, Hyatt Centric Melbourne’s contemporary unique event spaces offer versatile solutions and are equipped with the latest audio visual technology. With 210sqm of stylish space, plus a beautiful 248sqm alfresco terrace, Hyatt Centric Melbourne provides a memorable location to hold business meetings, professional conferences and work celebrations.

Hyatt Centric by Hyatt 25 Downie St, Melbourne, 3000.

Opening in 2022, the hotly anticipated The Ritz-Carlton will take centre stage in the city skyline – pegged to be one of the tallest hotels in Australia. Featuring 257 luxury guest rooms and suites with quality finishes, guests will enjoy state-of-the-art bathrooms, breathtaking views, luxurious amenities including day spa, restaurants and bars, concierge services, function rooms, business centre, and outdoor garden terrace.

Event planners will delight in the classic and sophisticated meeting and event spaces total 2,781sqm, and include the 500-seat The Ritz-Carlton Grand Ballroom, inspired by the Great Hall of the National Gallery of Victoria, complete with expansive pre-function space, 7m high ceilings and impressive floor to ceiling feature-window. “This is one hotel that will certainly be a showstopper. Upon arrival guests will enter the hotel lobby via the porte-cochere and take a direct elevator straight to the hotel’s sky check-in on level 80, where breathtaking panoramic views across Melbourne’s CBD and beyond can be enjoyed,” Swanson said.

The Ritz Carlton Melbourne

MCB’s close relationship with clients and the industry to curate bespoke itineraries is why corporate meeting and incentive groups choose Melbourne. 

“The proximity of the city to country and coast is very attractive with corporate meeting and incentive groups and pre-and post-conference touring options, particularly those interested in nature-based activities,” Swanson added.

Welcome your team aboard The Q Train – one of the newest offerings providing a once-in-a-lifetime incentive experience for delegates. MCB is proudly partnering for the first time with this award-winning restaurant that travels along the historic Bellarine Railway between Drysdale and Queenscliff. During a lunch experience that showcases the best of the Bellarine, guests can enjoy views of Swan Bay and local scenery.

Packages are available for your team to sail directly from Docklands to Portarlington on board Port Phillip Ferries where your group will be met and transported to The Q Train.

“It’s never been easier to depart Melbourne and take a business meeting or networking event offsite. Making for a memorable day on the Bellarine, every minute of the journey is as much a part of the adventure as the destination itself,” added Swanson.

Melbourne is known for its coffee, laneway culture and street art, buts its environmental initiatives have earned its reputation as one of the most sustainable, not just in Australia, but throughout the world.

Take your next conference experience to new heights with incredible views at Melbourne’s SkyFarm. The result of a collaboration between three Melbourne-based sustainability companies, SkyFarm is the transformation a 2000-square metre rooftop car park into an urban farm and environmental oasis in the heart of the city. Located in Melbourne’s emerging Seafarers precinct, it directly overlooks the Yarra River and Melbourne Convention Exhibition Centre.

Opening to the public in the second half of 2022, visitors can tour the working farm, visit the orchard, dine at the sustainable café, have a drink on the deck, hire unique event spaces, attend classes at the environmental education centre. “Part of the charm of our wonderful city is that its consistently changing – boldly innovating and adapting to meet new needs over many decades and this includes sustainability,” said Swanson.

This is most evident with the city cementing its number one position as a sustainable city in the Asia-Pacific region for business events in the Global Destination Sustainability Index (GDS-Index) 2021.

Ranked number 11 in the world overall, Melbourne’s highest ranking was in the social category scoring 90%.

The GDS-Index is a collaborative business initiative that aims to promote the sustainable growth of international meeting destinations, highlighting best practices and responsible business tourism. It helps destinations, event planners and business events suppliers to drive and recognise sustainable practices in the business events industry. Last but by no means least, with the 2022 Australian Open  kicking off next week, it’s hard to not mention the spiritual home of Australia’s sporting and entertainment precinct’s brand-new events and conference venue, CENTREPIECE at Melbourne Park.

Building on the experience offered for major events like the Australian Open, the innovative venue has the capabilities to host everything from large-scale conferences and major awards nights and gala celebrations including five-star dining experiences.

“The appeal of CENTREPIECE lies in its versatility and state-of-the-art design. Inspired by Melbourne’s melting pot of arts, cultures and cuisines, CENTREPIECE is completely customisable, and boasts a sustainable, Victorian-first approach at the heart of the CENTREPIECE concept with the venue’s architectural design a homage to the native Australian landscape.

“Capable of hosting unique events no matter how grand or intimate, Melbourne’s newest conference venue will be on show when its hosts the leading trade event for the meetings and event industry in the Asia Pacific region  – the Asia Pacific Incentives and Meetings Event (AIME) Welcome Event in March 2022,” Swanson said.

Spanning over 4,500sqm across three levels and encompassed by open green spaces, the sophisticated venue features a 2,000sqm pillarless Grand Hall entirely configurable through its operable walls, with floor-to-ceiling windows projecting natural light across the 8.5m ceilings. The Grand Hall Opens out to an 800sqm pre-function space and expansive outdoor terrace, with the venue also operating 15 breakout spaces including a 250-seat auditorium and purpose-built broadcast studios.

Want to learn more? Discover how Melbourne Convention Bureau can help bring your next business event to life in Melbourne. Alternatively you can contact the team at info@melbournecb.com.au.

 

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