Melbourne’s ideal meeting spot

The Melbourne Convention and Exhibition Centre is a world-leading space for events both large and small

When it comes to location, it doesn’t get much better than one of the world’s most liveable cities. Nestled on the bank of the iconic Yarra River, the Melbourne Convention and Exhibition Centre (MCEC) is the city’s go-to location for events of any size.

MCEC has been a part of Melbourne’s skyline for over 20 years. Just a short walk from the CBD, the characteristic ‘blade’ entrance has welcomed visitors from all over the world and marks the centre of Melbourne’s meetings and events district.

Thanks to a $200 million expansion in July last year, MCEC’s spaces are cutting edge. Architecturally designed and equipped with the latest technology solutions, the rooms have been constructed to compliment the organiser’s imagination.

MCEC may be famous for it’s big events, but it’s the small meetings, social occasions and seminars that make it special. Out of the 1124 events last year, 792 were smaller.

There is space for every event at MCEC. There are 63 different meeting rooms across the venue, which can accommodate anything from planning sessions and board meetings to cocktail functions and dinners.

As part of last July’s expansion, MCEC now boasts indoor-outdoor Courtyard Rooms to host events in. Filled with natural light, these rooms give delegates access to the connecting courtyard so they can stay fresh and charged for the duration of their meeting.

Sue Bennett, Business Support Coordinator at Radiometer Pacific, was a particularly big fan of this new addition. “The Courtyard Room was by far one of the best rooms we have used for such a meeting, a combination of the technical facilities, room size, layout and the ability to access fresh air all made for a great working atmosphere.”

Finding the right venue is just one small element of organising a great event. There’s so much to consider. Communicating an ever-changing event plan to a venue can be a nightmare. MCEC’s ‘dedicated event advisor’ model allocates a single person to guide event managers through the process from start to finish. They will be your one point of contact to provide ideas, answer questions and keep things moving.

“Everyone from MCEC that worked on the event, from the planning stages to the team on the day, was absolutely amazing! I have never had so much assistance from a venue team before,” Blair Barker, Corporate Partnerships Manager at Associations Forum said.

With technological solutions, innovative single point of contact support, on-site parking, and over 6000 hotel rooms within a short walk, MCEC is the ideal venue for an event in one of the world’s most liveable cities.