Melbourne Convention Bureau

Melbourne wins bid to host world’s leading eye health professionals in 2021

Melbourne has won its international bid to host 2,000 international eye health professionals at the World Congress of Optometry 2021 (WCO 2021). To be held in September 2021, the three-day Congress will also see leading manufacturers and equipment suppliers converge at the Melbourne Convention and Exhibition Centre (MCEC) to share in the latest technological and patient care advances. The bid, sec...

Winter incentive groups heat up in Melbourne

Melbourne Convention Bureau (MCB) is following up a strong end to the last financial year, by securing a further 21 corporate incentive travel events, including a first major association event of the year, CODA 2020 (CODA was formally known as the Social Media and Critical Care Conference). These events are expected deliver over $20.1m in economic contribution to the state of Victoria’s economy. T...

New Chair for BestCities as Karina Lance steps down

Beverley Williamson, General Manager of Business Development and Bids at Melbourne Convention Bureau (MCB), has been appointed as Chairperson for the BestCities Global Alliance Strategic Business Development group (SBD). She will take over from Karina Lance of Dubai Tourism, who had been the Chair since May 2017. Williamson (pictured) will bring a wealth of experience, with 25 years in the busines...

Business events prove an economic powerhouse for Victoria

Melbourne Convention Bureau has reported netting AUD$500m in secured events for the Australian state of Victoria during the past financial year, with over 6,000 jobs to be created as a result. The new figures come as business events are delivering more money and more visitors to Victoria than ever before. Business events are the highest yielding sector in Victoria’s visitor economy, according to t...

Global cell and gene therapy leaders set for Melbourne

One of the world’s largest scientific conferences in cell, gene and regenerative medicine is on its way to Melbourne, Australia, to exchange knowledge and share best practice at the International Society for Cell and Gene Therapy (ISCT) 2019 Annual Scientific Meeting.   Taking place 29 May 29-1 June, 2019 at the Melbourne Convention and Exhibition Centre (MCEC), the ISCT 2019 Annual Scientific Mee...

Melbourne CVB CEO to step down

After over seven years in the job, Karen Bolinger is to step down, effective 5 April, as CEO of the Melbourne Convention Bureau (MCB). A bureau statement said Bolinger would “take some well-deserved time off before exploring other opportunities”. “Under Karen’s guidance the MCB team has delivered the most successful years on record and, with the support of Visit Victoria, the 18/19 period is expec...

30th AACB conference rebrand puts customer experience to the fore

The Association of Australian Convention Bureaux (AACB) has launched the annual conference themed Customer Experience: Laneways to Success to be held in Melbourne, 18-20 September 2019. Celebrating its 30th year, the conference embraces a new vision and audience with a rebranded event titled Destination Business Events. AACB CEO, Andrew Hiebl said: “The AACB annual conference offers a unique oppor...