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Mice Net : June 2009
melbourne melbourne claims bragging rights STOry And PHOTOS By Graeme Kemlo As you reAd this, Melbourne, a city that loves to win, will have officially opened its new convention centre jewel in a $1.4 billion meetings precinct and claimed yet another title. Proclaimed global sporting capital and world’s most liveable city, Melbourne’s new bragging rights have been earned the hard way - when its old convention centre across the river not only split the meeting and the exhibition in two, it meant the city lost bids or did not contest the right to host the largest local and international conventions. But before the new MCC has even opened, Melbourne successfully lured 49 major national and international conventions to the centre over the next five years. The bureaucrats describe it as an economic engine and say the resulting 100,800 delegates will inject hundreds of millions of dollars into Victoria’s economy. Add to that a predicted 190 national conventions, meetings and large seminars set to bring up to 168,000 delegates to Melbourne. With the official opening day (June 5) formalities over, ribbons cut and plaques unveiled by Premier John Brumby, the centre opens for commercial business on June 22. The honour of the first major meeting goes to the 7th International Conference on Geomorphology from July 6 – 11; and another first: this meeting has never been held in the Southern Hemisphere before. In a media release headed “Melbourne set to change the business events industry as we know it”, the Melbourne Convention and T 104 mice.net hat title will be having the world’s only six-star green-star environmental meetings venue and Australia’s largest convention and exhibition district. Exhibition Centre (MCEC) proudly told the global meetings industry gathered at IMEX, Frankfurt about the centre: • its versatility - it “boasts 32 meeting rooms of various sizes, a grand ballroom, an entry level foyer for 8400 guests, and a stateof-the-art 5000 seat plenary hall that can be divided into three selfcontained, acoustically separate theatres, offering unlimited options in event planning”; • state-of-the-art technology – “each meeting room features the most sophisticated but easy to use audio-visual, communications and information technology available, offering unequalled technology services to the convention and exhibition industry…self-prompting ‘smart lecterns’ are monitored in-house via centralised or satellite, control rooms offering event organisers and guest presenters unprecedented self-manageable capabilities at no additional costs”; • and local cuisine - “five-star culinary options are prepared by MCEC’s in-house brigade of chefs, using local Victorian seasonal produce and quality wines sourced from the best boutique vineyards in the state”. Already awarded for its excellence, MCEC has won four Meetings & Events Awards in Australia in the past year for best practice in its operations and food and beverage. MCEC chief executive Leigh Harry said as we went to press, “it’s humbling to have already been winning awards when the jewel in the venue’s crown is yet to open. Our hard work has paid off in winning the Australian business events