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Mice Net : December 2008
convention & exhibition centres Melbourne here we come Q: Why the need for a new convention centre and what will it do for Melbourne and Australia? A: Melbourne had suffered from a lack of plenary space capacity and the separation of With the impending arrival of the all- new Melbourne Convention Centre, mice. net thought the time was right to catch up with the venue’s CEo, Leigh Harry. convention and exhibition facilities for many years. Notwithstanding this, Melbourne, because of the CBD location of the facilities, the events infrastructure within the city including hotel rooms, restaurants, cultural facilities and the welcoming nature of the city have been very successful. There were however, two opportunities which the city needed to address; one being the need to accommodate conventions of more than 2000 delegates and the other the need to be able to host two conventions of up to 2000 delegates concurrently. The new facility enables the city to do this and is integrated with the Melbourne Exhibition Centre, the largest exhibition venue in the country. It also provides an opportunity to showcase both Melbourne and Australia as having world- leading edge facilities from several perspectives, including the new facility’s ‘6 Star Green Star’ environmental rating. Q: Do clients really want to know what the ‘green’ credentials of the new centre are? Is this affecting the outcome of where they book business? A: There is an increasing interest both locally and internationally in relation to the green credentials. This is an important factor particularly for international clients when making their decisions about long haul destinations. The environmental performance of the centre and the city are both becoming increasingly important and this will continue to increase in future years. Most importantly, the ability to deliver an environmentally friendly solution at a cost competitive price is a significant market advantage. Q: Global competition is on the rise. How are you intending to stay one step ahead of the competition? A: Staying a step ahead is about working closely with clients locally and internationally to ensure that the facilities, products and services offered by the centre and the city meet their requirements and provide them with the best value for money solution Be inspired by Melbourne’s largest and most versatile indoor and outdoor venue. ???????????????????????????????????????????????? For more information call (03) 9281 7444 or visit www.melbourneshowgrounds.com 96 mice.net