Melbourne Convention and Exhibition Centre Inducted into RACV Victorian Tourism Awards Hall of Fame
The Melbourne Convention and Exhibition Centre (MCEC) was inducted into the RACV Victorian Tourism Awards Hall of Fame last night, winning the Business Tourism category for the third consecutive year.
The awards celebrated 30 years of recognizing outstanding achievement in the state’s tourism sector, awarding 32 winners and inducting six Victorian businesses into the Hall of Fame.
In a statement, MCEC Chief Executive Peter King noted that this has been the venue’s most successful year in its history. “Business events held at MCEC bring in over $260 million to Victoria’s economy," he noted, "contributing to a growing tourism industry in Victoria through hotel bookings and visitors enjoying restaurants and attractions.
In MCEC’s record-breaking 2013/14 financial year, the venue hosted 1030 events with nearly 1.5 million visitors and generated more than $274 million for Victoria. “Through our commitment to sourcing from local suppliers and winemakers, MCEC also plays a significant role in boosting local businesses and showcasing Victorian produce to an international audience,” King added.
Last week, the Victorian State Government announced a proposed expansion for the venue to include new retail space, additional parking facilities, hotel accommodation and multi-purpose convention and exhibition facilities.
Business events are the highest yielding tourism sectors for Victoria and contribute over $1.2 billion annually and generate more than 200,000 jobs across the state.
MCEC will now represent Victoria at the Qantas 2015 Australian Tourism Awards in Adelaide in April next year.
The RACV Victorian Tourism Awards celebrate business excellence and recognize outstanding contributions in the Victorian tourism industry. For the list of winners and finalists visit www.victoriantourismawards.com.au.