Voted Australasia's Leading Meetings & Conference Destination (2014 World Travel Awards), Melbourne is the destination for your next conference.
The city has an outstanding track record of hosting some of the world's largest and most prestigious international conferences. Its infrastructure, intellectual capital and enviable lifestyle make it the ideal destination to showcase your association and industry on a global platform.
A unique delegate experience
Melbourne is a safe, welcoming and exciting host city, with a reputation for delivering a conference based on ease, accessibility and convenience.
For delegates this means everything is on their doorstep with minimal travel time between hotels and a conference. The city is set in a compact, grid layout and is simple for delegates to navigate by foot or on modern public transport to discover the city's cafes, restaurants and attractions outside of the conference program.
Voted the world's most liveable city for four consecutive years by the Economist Intelligence Unit, Melbourne's thriving multiculturalism, sophisticated food and wine scene and labyrinth of hidden laneways ensures a captivating business events destination.
Australia's premier conference city
Melbourne boasts Australia's highest concentration of conference facilities located in the central business district, with approximately 197,000 square metres of conference space in central Melbourne.
The pinnacle of Melbourne's conference facilities is the Melbourne Convention and Exhibition Centre (MCEC). As the largest convention and exhibition venue in the southern hemisphere, MCEC can accommodate any event with such a huge variety of spaces. Its multi-functional Plenary, 52 meeting rooms and 30,000 square metres of pillar-less exhibition space are just the beginning.
MCEC is the only centre in Australia to offer on-site accommodation at the five-star Hilton Melbourne South Wharf. Melbourne also has a superb range of accommodation to suit all budgets and delegate needs, with up to 6000 rooms within easy walking distance of MCEC.
The intelligent choice
Melbourne is Australia's knowledge capital, home to some of the world's most outstanding communities of ideas, research and innovation. The city's major draw card is its research institutes and academia that foster world-leading contributions to science and technology.
Strong engagement with research and the wider academic community, along with its economic stability and strong business credentials support the case for Melbourne as a leading destination for international conferences.
A collaborative approach
Well practised in securing and hosting large scale international events, the city stands alone with its level of collaboration to deliver success. Melbourne Convention Bureau's (MCB) established networks ensure facilitation across local and state government, industry, academia and suppliers.
With over forty years' experience in attracting international conferences and as a full service bureau, MCB is with you every step of the way with a range of free support services.