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Melbourne to host 12 business events in September

Victoria, Australia, is set to host 12 international and national business events in September 2022. Melbourne is expecting 9,400 delegates overall to attend the events in the city, delivering AUD $43.5m (USD $30.2) in economic contribution to the state. It also expects 18,000 booked room nights to benefit the Victorian hotel and accommodation sector. Notable business events include CODA 2022, the...

MCEC launches event experts video series

The Melbourne Convention and Exhibition Centre (MCEC), Australia has released the first in a series of videos, showcasing event experts as part of the ‘home of the unconventional’ brand campaign. The first episode features Samantha Ferrier, sustainability manager at MCEC, as she takes viewers behind MCEC’s five-year sustainability strategy. The strategy commits to minimising environmental im...

A ‘Very Melbourne Welcome’ to international delegates at AIME 2022

Asia-Pacific Incentives and Meetings Event (AIME) owners, the Melbourne Convention Bureau (MCB) have fuelled the business event’s industry revival for Asia Pacific as the city concluded its large-scale ‘Uncover Melbourne’ programme for show hosted buyers. AIME 2022, 21-23 March, was the first international trade show to be hosted in Melbourne since Australian international borders reopened. AIME 2...

Australia extends Bid Fund as minister says business events can replace China as country’s largest tourism market

The Business Events Council of Australia (BECA) has welcomed the announcement by the Morrison Government to extend Tourism Australia’s Bid Fund programme by A$5m (US$3.73m) as part of an A$60m package to bring back international visitors. Attending a business events leaders’ breakfast in Melbourne 22 March, hosted by the Association of Australian Convention Bureaux, the Hon Dan Tehan MP, minister ...

IWD: Breaking the bias with new internships for women in Melbourne

Melbourne Convention and Exhibition Centre (MCEC) says it is proud to celebrate International Women’s Day (IWD 8 March) and has created new partnerships with technical education providers to elevate MCEC as an inclusive employer for female graduates in traditionally male-dominant areas. This year’s IWD theme is ‘Break the Bias,’ and MCEC says it is proud to be helping to em...

Cooking for a Cause in Melbourne

The Melbourne Convention and Exhibition Centre (MCEC), Australia, is partnering with OzHarvest, a non-profit organisation that prevents quality food going to waste. The MCEC will aim to help deliver OzHarvest’s ‘Cooking for a Cause’ programme, by hosting the cooking sessions in the MCEC commercial kitchens three days a week. The engagement programme is led by OzHarvest chefs, who share their zero-...

Australian Convention Bureaux rally for AIME 2022 Melbourne date

Asia Pacific Incentives and Meetings event (AIME) has revealed that almost all of Australia’s Convention Bureaux will be participating in AIME 2022. The event is set to take place at the Melbourne Convention and Exhibition Centre 21-23 March in-person, and 28 March–1 April online. Owners of AIME, the Melbourne Convention Bureau (MCB), have confirmed the attendance of 17 convention bureaux, where s...

Melbourne Skyfarm to offer event space

A large section of a 2,000sqm rooftop car park in Melbourne, Australia has been transformed into an urban farm. Over the next 12 months this new rooftop city oasis will offer sustainable and contemporary hospitality sites, environmental education as well as business conference facilities and event spaces. Named Melbourne Skyfarm, the car park is located in the emerging Seafarer’s precinct and dire...

Australia welcomes the return of in-person events in ‘rebound year’ 2022

Australia-based global business travel management company FCM Meetings & Events says it is set for a rebound year in 2022 with more than 90% of its business bookings coming from corporates wanting an in-person experience. Based on preliminary booking data for 2022, FCM Meetings & Events says it will be managing a corporate occasion every three days, with business confidence beginning to fl...

MCEC’s Five Chef’s Dinner raises AUD$600,000 for Starlight Children’s Foundation

Melbourne Convention and Exhibition Centre (MCEC) has sponsored and hosted, 25 November, the Starlight Five Chefs Dinner that raised funds to support the Starlight Children’s Foundation (Starlight). The event raised over AUD$600,000 (US$425,000) to assist delivering in-hospital programmes at the Royal Children’s Hospital and Monash Children’s Hospital. The evening also celebrated 10 years of the p...

MCEC launches new virtual and hybrid platform

The Melbourne Convention and Exhibition Centre (MCEC) has launched a new end-to-end virtual and hybrid event platform. The MCEC showcased this platform at ‘Defy All Conventions’, 11 November, an online and in-person event attended by 300 people. Peter Haycroft, executive chef of the MCEC, demonstrated the video capabilities of the new platform, as well as a more technical walk through with MCEC te...