Friday, October 31, 2014
News this week: The Victoria State Government of Australia has approved the proposed expansion plans of the Melbourne Convention and Exhibition Centre (MCEC). Reportedly Australia’s largest and busiest convention and exhibition centre, MCEC posted record results over the previous 12-month period hosting 1,030 events and close to 1.5 million visitors.
MCEC’s expansion proposal of the South Wharf precinct includes new retail space, additional car parks, hotel accommodation and multi-purpose convention and exhibition facilities. According to the venue’s management, the expansion could include additional exhibition and banquet space, smaller meeting rooms, new plenary options and networking and entertainment space.
Bob Annells, chairman of Melbourne Convention and Exhibition Trust, said, “The expansion business case has been in the pipeline with the Victorian State Government and stakeholders for some time and we are grateful for their support. The investment supports the ongoing work MCEC conducts with the Melbourne Convention Bureau to attract business events to Victoria which are worth around A$1.2 billion (US$1.1 billion) each year and generate 22,600 jobs.”