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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...

MEA Awards celebrate achievements in challenging times

The Meeting and Events Australia (MEA) Awards, 22 September, was held virtually this year as venues and organisers’ achievements throughout the past year were celebrated by the industry. The MEA Awards recognise those who demonstrate excellence in the organisation, planning and delivery of business events, major events and festivals, special events, cause-related events, conferences and exhi...

MCEC joins forces with Bright Sparqe

The Melbourne Convention and Exhibition Centre (MCEC) is to throw its weight behind the Australia-based charity Bright Sparqe. Bright Sparqe connects other charities in need to businesses who have surplus products and food to donate and aims to simplify the process of redistributing goods to charities, while assisting vulnerable communities and facilitating the reduction of waste. MCEC has creatin...

Melbourne’s CEC paying it forward during vaccination drive

Melbourne Convention and Exhibition Centre (MCEC) has been running a ‘pay it forward’ campaign at its Shed Café. While people are lining up for their vaccinations at the venue, the Shed Café is offering a great opportunity to pay it forward. Visitors to the vaccination centre can shout a nurse a coffee and include a heart-warming message of support. Since March, MCEC has been home to o...

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