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Mice Net : December 2008
convention & exhibition centres to achieving all the objectives for the event. The new centre and its facilities provides levels of flexibility that enable a much greater range of meeting and service options to be provided than has been possible in the past. For instance, the most up-to-date and user-friendly audio-visual, communications and information technology available has been in-built into every meeting room of the new convention centre which effectively significantly reduces the normal additional costs associated with the provision of this level of technology. This, combined with more sophisticated client communications, will help to ensure that we stay at the leading edge. Q: What are some of the threats you see for continued growth? How do you intend to counteract these threats? A: Threats to continued growth come in many forms. The current global economic situation will have impacts particularly in the corporate sector. The association sector will also be impacted although not to the same degree. Environmental concerns, the cost of travel, and security issues remain a major focus for many groups. Australian destinations are well placed to meet many of these concerns although the time and cost of travel will continue to be important. Changes to airline capacity and fleets will help address this problem and the recent change in the exchange rate also helps Australia from a cost perspective for international delegates. From a destination and a venue perspective we continue to introduce features that will improve both the value for money considerations and also the environmental performance. This, combined with targeted business development activities and the ongoing support of the state and city governments, will ensure that the centre and the city is well placed to meet these threats. Q: How long have you been at the centre? What keeps you motivated? A: I have been at the centre since 1990 and in that time we have continued to grow our business, our facilities and our people. The opening of the new Melbourne Convention Centre is not the final stage of this process and the ongoing challenge is to continue to ensure that Melbourne and the centre’s business events offerings are at world’s best practice levels and continue to be there into the future. As a passionate and committed Melburnian, that is more than enough motivation. Q: What’s next for the MCEC? A: Clients demands and expectations are continually changing. We will continue to strive to ensure that we meet these going forward. Add some spark to your next event The National Convention Centre Canberra provides a power-house venue offering premium facilities for every occasion. The centre caters for up to 2500 guests, with flexible floor plans, pristine natural light and a new contemporary look and feel. Come and see for your self why the National Convention Centre is... To book your next event contact our events team on +61 (2) 6257 4905 or visit us online at nccc.com.au mice.net 97