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Mice Net : February 2009
melbourne punt kick from the MCG, has revitalised all 419 guest rooms and suites. Also refurbished was the dedicated conference and events floor, now with stylish décor and state-of-the-art lighting and AV technology. In addition to the 12 existing meeting spaces for up to 1000, two new boardrooms and a business centre have also been added to the floor. But nowhere is confidence in Melbourne being demonstrated ‘in spades’ as it is by Crown Limited. CEO, David Courtney said a $300 million investment in Australia’s largest hotel at 658 rooms, was “a demonstration of the confidence Crown has in the future of Melbourne as one of the world’s leading tourist destinations”. He said the new property would “focus heavily on the global conventions and conferences industries”. At the same time David Courtney has just completed a $140 million major refurbishment to Crown Towers and another $40 million is being spent on Crown Promenade’s bigger, better conference centre with 20 concurrent rooms for up to 800 delegates. So after almost half a billion dollars, Crown complex will have 1600 rooms on offer. Consistently high-ranked in international hotel awards, The Langham’s Clarendon Ballroom beckons with silk-panelled walls and Waterford crystal chandeliers. mice.net 149