Daily BulletinHoliday Centre

Melbourne News

  • Written by Media Release


The newly expanded Melbourne Convention and Exhibition Centre (MCEC) has officially opened its doors following the completion of the Andrews Labor Government’s $205 million expansion.

Acting Premier James Merlino and Minister for Tourism and Major Events John Eren opened the expanded MCEC facilities today, which will bring thousands of additional visitors to Victoria each year and add more than 900 new ongoing jobs across the precinct.

The expansion has added nearly 20,000 square metres of flexible, multi-purpose event space, including meeting rooms, banquet rooms and 9,000 square metres of new exhibition hall, along with a $150 million commercial development by Plenary Group and its partners, which includes a 347-room hotel and multi-deck car park.

Construction commenced in June 2016, with around 700 workers and up to 60 apprentices employed on-site, including local contractors such as Wantirna-based Camatic Seating who used more than 5 tonnes of recyclable plastic to produce the MCEC seats. In total, the expansion has used more than 80 percent local content.

MCEC is the main reason Melbourne is the national leader in staging major business events, delivering $274 million to the Victorian economy each year and accounting for around 2,250 jobs in the sector.

The bigger, better MCEC is expected to attract 74,000 international visitors every year, who will spend an average of $693 each day while in Melbourne, resulting in an annual $167 million boost to our economy.

MCEC celebrated its grand opening by hosting its first Malaria World Congress, and the expanded centre has a treasure trove of major business events booked for the future, including the Lions Clubs International Convention in 2024 which will be the largest cultural conference ever held in Victoria.

The Labor Government, Visit Victoria and the Melbourne Convention Bureau are working hard to attract the biggest and best business events to Victoria.

The Victorian Budget 2018/19 provided an additional $21.8 million over two-years to the Labor Government’s Business Events Fund to bring more of the world’s biggest conferences to the state.

Acting Premier James Merlino

“We’re investing more in major projects than any government in Victoria’s history – building infrastructure that creates jobs, grows our economy and makes Victoria the most liveable city in the world.”

“This world class facility is functional, adaptable and spectacular – and will provide a major boost to our city and our state.”

Minister for Tourism and Major Events John Eren

“MCEC is a key event destination in Melbourne, and the expanded facilities will ensure Victoria continues to hold bigger and better business events well into the future.”


The Conversation

Politics

Road and rail boost for Queensland economy

$1.9 BILLION ROAD AND RAIL BOOST FOR QUEENSLAND ECONOMY    A $1.9 billion road and rail package will boost the Queensland economy and drive more jobs, while getting people home sooner and safer...

Scott Morrison - avatar Scott Morrison

Prime Minister - Step up in drought budget support

Drought-hit farmers, small businesses and rural towns are set for an immediate cash injection to keep stock fed and watered, keep businesses open, keep locals in work and pump funds into local eco...

Scott Morrison - avatar Scott Morrison

David Littleproud MP interview with Tom Connell

Interview with Tom Connell – Sky News NewsDay   The Coalition’s latest drought support package   TOM CONNELL: David Littleproud, thanks for your time. We've got this drought package going throug...

Tom Connell - avatar Tom Connell

Business News

The New Technology That Solves Silicosis Epidemic

An Australian-invented revolutionary technology could prevent the lives that are lost each year from silicosis.   Silicosis is a lung disease caused by breathing in tiny bits of silica, a mineral...

Adam Santarossa - avatar Adam Santarossa

Latest Developments in the Casino Industry in Australia

It is not surprising to note that more than 85% of the population in Australia engages in some form of gambling or the other. Annually, millions of AUD is generated to the coffers of the country. ...

News Company - avatar News Company

Decathlon Group: Global sporting brand opens its third store

International sporting brand Decathlon today opened its much anticipated third store in Victoria.    Located at 405 Boundary Road, Moorabbin Airport, the store extends the brand’s footprint across V...

Tess Sanders Lazarus - avatar Tess Sanders Lazarus

Travel

Travel Safety Checklist for Australians

Travelling is a fun and enriching activity that exposes you to new sights, broadens your horizons, and lets you encounter people from all walks of life. This applies no matter where your destination...

News Company - avatar News Company

Experimental retail concept to showcase Australian products to Chinese travellers

Australian company, Reach China, is launching an innovative new experiential retail concept called a ‘Touch, Learn & Order’ TLO Store, that will be rolled out across Australia and China to provi...

Tess Sanders Lazarus - avatar Tess Sanders Lazarus

Planning a High School Educational Trip: Useful Pointers to Keep in Mind

Planning and managing an educational trip is not an easy job for teachers, especially if the group consists of high school teenagers! At the same time, high schoolers are also at an age where they...

News Company - avatar News Company

ShowPo