Melbourne Convention and Exhibition Centre (MCEC) celebrated at the tourism industry’s night of nights after being inducted into the esteemed RACV Victorian Tourism Awards Hall of Fame, winning the Business Tourism category for the third consecutive year.
Last night was also cause for celebration as the awards celebrated 30 years of recognising outstanding achievement in the state’s tourism sector, awarding 32 winners and inducting six Victorian businesses into the Hall of Fame.
MCEC Chief Executive Peter King said: “Taking out this prestigious award and being inducted into the Hall of Fame is a huge coup for MCEC and tops off our venue’s most successful year in history.
“I’m incredibly proud of our team’s achievements and through the events hosted at MCEC we continue to enhance Melbourne’s position as an international city and Australia’s events capital.
“Business events held at MCEC bring in over $260 million to Victoria’s economy contributing to a growing tourism industry in Victoria through hotel bookings and visitors enjoying restaurants and attractions.
“MCEC is an incredibly valuable asset to Melbourne and through the events we deliver on a daily basis, we successfully put the city and Victoria on the global stage.”
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.
“This award is icing on the cake following the Victorian State Government’s announcement last week of MCEC’s proposed expansion to include new retail space, additional car parks, hotel accommodation and multi-purpose convention and exhibition facilities.
“We are proudly part of a ‘Team Melbourne’ approach to securing events for the city and work closely with the Melbourne Convention Bureau, the Victorian State Government and other industry partners to promote and build the tourism industry.”
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 recognise outstanding contributions in the Victorian tourism industry. For the list of winners and finalists visit www.victoriantourismawards.com.au.