by Sarah J.F. Braley | May 06, 2015
Australia’s Victorian State Government has put up to US$167 million for the expansion of the Melbourne Convention and Exhibition Centre in its 2015-16 budget. Welcoming the news, Melbourne Convention and Exhibition Trust Chairman Bob Annells said, “We have been working closely with the Victorian State Government and stakeholders to develop a proposal that meets the global demand for multipurpose convention and exhibition space. The investment supports the work MCEC conducts with the Melbourne Convention Bureau to attract major business events to Victoria and aligns with the government’s Victorian Visitor Economy Review to support the growth and development of this sector.” The facility, in the South Wharf district, will add more meeting space, as well as more hotel rooms and new retail space. Full plans for the expansion of the convention center, which features a 324,000-square-foot exhibition hall, have yet to be determined.