The Plenary Group is planning a new 305-bedroom hotel as part of the AUS$200m (US$145.8m) redevelopment of the Melbourne Convention and Exhibition Centre.
The plan comes as Plenary is attempting to sell the hotel it has already developed and jointly owns within the convention centre precinct, the Hilton Melbourne South Wharf Hotel. The 364-room Hilton went on the market last August with a AUS$250m price tag.
Melbourne city councillors are to consider, this week, a report from their planners recommending support for the 20,000sqm expansion to the convention centre. Final approval would then be sought from the state’s planning minister, Richard Wynne.
The redevelopment on the exiting open-air car park site, will deliver 9,000sqm of new exhibition halls, with 2726sqm of extra meeting, banquet and pre-function space.
MCEC has also appointed John Galea as its new security manager. He will play an instrumental role in assessing risk, developing strategy and managing the venue’s key security contractor relationships.
Over in Sydney, meanwhile, which recently hosted the Nu Skin Greater China Success Trip incentive, Business Events Sydney (BESydney) CEO, Lyn Lewis-Smith, has announced that the city has won another large Nu Skin Enterprises incentive.
Nu Skin Korea, a direct selling company focused on the personal care and nutritional supplements market, is to bring 1,400 of its distributors to Sydney for a five-day trip in 2017.
Lewis-Smith said Sydney had beaten fierce international competition to host the Nu Skin Korea Success Trip.
“For Sydney and NSW, the success of winning this incentive event creates strong opportunities for trade. Our research indicates that one third of all overseas delegates say they will return to Sydney for another business event. Repeat business is testament to Sydney’s ability to deliver time and time again.”
Mike Keller, GM of Nu Skin Korea, added: “We selected Sydney as the destination for our 2017 incentive trip because of the world-class facilities, restaurants, warm and welcoming culture, and its many iconic tourist attractions.
“We initially visited Sydney in 2000 with a small group of our top salespeople and we have looked back on that experience with fondness over the years. We can’t wait to return in 2017.”
In the last four years (2013-16), Sydney has hosted seven Korean incentive events with the average delegate days increasing from 300 in 2013 to almost 3,000 this year.
The list of global companies holding events includes Samsung and Amway.
According to the latest Tourism Australia figures, South Korea is Australia’s eighth largest inbound market for visitor arrivals, seventh largest market for total visitor expenditure, and fifth for visitor nights.