Melbourne

IHG opens new intercontinental hotel in Melbourne

IHG Hotels and Resorts has opened the Intercontinental Sorrento Mornington Peninsula, its second Intercontinental property in Melbourne. The heritage-listed hotel is located on the Mornington Peninsula, about 100km south of Melbourne city centre, was opened in 1875 and was formerly known as the Hotel Continental. Alongside announcing the hotel’s opening, IHG has also revealed the hotel’s newly-bui...

Evolve 2022 programme now available

Meetings and Events Australia (MEA) has announced its programme for Evolve 2022, its annual conference for event professionals, 30 June, at the Sofitel Melbourne On Collins. The event is supported by partners Melbourne Convention Bureau, Accor and EventsAIR. The one-day conference will be flanked by a welcome reception, 29 June, and a post-conference networking event the following night. Under the...

Melbourne SportNXT summit in pictures

The inaugural SportNXT summit took place at the CENTREPIECE at Melbourne Park, 6-8 April, where over 50 global thought leaders representing the sporting world were brought together for a three-day conference.  The conference aimed to probe issues and opportunities that will shape the future of sport, with speakers including NBA Commissioner Adam Silver, US women’s national soccer team captain Mega...

Melbourne set to top podium for hotel occupancy

The Australian Formula 1 Grand Prix, 7-10 April, is lifting Melbourne’s hotel occupancy to its highest level since November 2019, according to STR‘s booking prediction and comparison tool, Forward STAR. STR predicts that during the race the average occupancy in the market will be 89% with a peak of 94% on the Saturday night. Should that Saturday level actualise, it would be the market’s high...

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...

CENTREPIECE to host 2022 AIME’s Welcome Event

Asia Pacific Incentives and Meetings Event (AIME) has announced CENTREPIECE at Melbourne Park, Australia as the venue to host its 2022 Welcome Event, to be held 21 March 2022. CENTREPIECE’s location close to Melbourne’s Central Business District (CBD), will gather domestic delegates from across Australia and New Zealand in order to re-energise the business events and tourism industry before the ma...

MCB successfully engineers bid for 2023 architectural symposium

Melbourne Convention Bureau (MCB) has secured the Symposium of the International Association for Shell and Spatial Structures (SIASS) for 2023. It has been 25 years since this global meeting of engineers, architects and builders last gathered in Australia. Backed by the Victorian State Government and prominent Australian universities, the event is expected to attract 500 delegates at the Melbourne...

New venue launched as CENTREPIECE of Melbourne’s sporting hub

The spiritual home of Australia’s sporting and entertainment capital has announced the official launch of a new events and conference venue in Melbourne Park, named CENTREPIECE. Building on the experience offered by events like the Australian Open, the venue has the capabilities to host everything from large-scale conferences and awards nights, weddings and gala celebrations, including five-...

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...