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Melbourne ambassadors double conference value in 2015

Convention bureau thanks ambassadors in awards ceremony at Melbourne Convention and Exhibition Centre (MCEC)

Pictured: MCB CEO Karen Bolinger (centre) presents awards to the ambassadors who helped secure international conferences in 2015

Melbourne's ambassadors have been thanked after helping double the economic value of international conferences to the city in 2015.

The Club Melbourne Ambassadors helped secure 13 international conferences worth AUD$50 million (£26m), which was double the value of conferences won in 2014. Some of the wins include the Ecocity World Summit in 2017, the World Congress of Science and Football 2019 and the Commonwealth Law Conference 2017.

Those responsible were honoured at the annual awards ceremony at Melbourne Convention and Exhibition Centre (MCEC) this week.

Melbourne Convention Bureau CEO Karen Bolinger said: "Club Melbourne is one of the most influential ambassador programs in the world and reflects the calibre of Melbourne’s intellectual, medical, academic, business and cultural life.

“Thank you to all the ambassadors for their energy and commitment in supporting MCB and MCEC to secure these legacy lasting events for Melbourne.”

The 13 international conferences secured in 2015 will take place over the next four years, and cover a broad range of fields including sport, engineering, medicine and science.

Since the programme's inception 10 years ago, Club Melbourne Ambassadors have delivered 108 international conferences, contributing more than $620m (£332m) to the regional economy.

MCEC chief executive Peter King said: "We are incredibly proud of our ambassadors who work tirelessly with our team and partners to lead and deliver major international conferences for the state."

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