The Victorian State Government has announced approved proposals to expand the existing space to include hotel accommodation, multi-purpose convention and exhibition facilities to include smaller meeting rooms and a new retail area.
Melbourne Convention Bureau (MCB) welcomed the announcement. MCB chief executive Karen Bolinger said: "The proposed expansion of MCEC is exciting news. MCEC is one of MCB’s key strategic partners and plays host to many events that we secure."
In the past calendar year alone, MCEC has hosted three major international association conferences secured by MCB - the 22nd World Diabetes Congress in December 2013; the World Congress of Cardiology in May 2014; and the 20th International Aids Conference 2014 in July 2014. These three conferences alone generated around $185million in economic contribution to the state and, in the 2013/14 financial year, MCB secured 34 of these international association conferences for the state, delivering more than 29,000 delegates with an economic impact of $145 million.