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International Malaria congress to open newly expanded MCEC

The AUS$200m Melbourne Convention and Exhibition Centre expansion to open shortly

Pictured: Melbourne Convention and Exhibition Centre

The AUS$200m expansion of Melbourne Convention and Exhibition Centre is set to open.

The new space, set to open at the end of June, will cement MCEC’s position as the largest convention and exhibition space in Australia, with an increased total size of over 70,000sqm.

The 20,000sqm expansion includes 9,000sqm of exhibition space, a 1,000-seat plenary theatre, multiple meeting rooms, a banquet room and the Goldfields Café and Bar.

MCEC CEO Peter King said customer experience was front of mind when planning the design.

“We want to ensure our facilities suit the needs of our customers, rather than constraining them to fit within our space. A multi-purpose area with a retractable 1,000 seat theatre and adaptable meeting rooms are just two of the many flexible features throughout the new building,” King said.

More than 300 events have been confirmed or are being negotiated for the new expansion space, between July 2018 and the end of 2024. Victorian Minister for Tourism and Major Events, Hon. John Eren said the expansion will cement Melbourne as the business events capital of Australia.

He said: “Not only will this redevelopment boost tourism, it will create more than 900 new jobs and provide a massive boost to our visitor economy by attracting more events and thousands more visitors to Victoria each year.”

The 1st Malaria World Congress, 1-5 July, will be the first event held in the newly expanded facility. Malaria is one of the world’s leading health problems, causing death and severe illness to millions each year across the world.

 “It’s a privilege to bring together the global community who are working to help eradicate malaria, as our inaugural event in the expansion,” King said.

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