The venue team that successfully delivered Australia’s largest health and development conference for Melbourne was recognised at the 2014 EEAA Awards for Excellence last night.
Melbourne Convention and Exhibition Centre (MCEC) took out Best Venue Team after hosting the International AIDS Conference (AIDS 2014) from 20 – 25 July with almost 14,000 attendees and involved more than 500 committed employees working around the clock to ensure its success.
MCEC Chief Executive Peter King said: “I couldn’t be prouder of the team who are incredibly deserving of this win after delivering an event of this size and scale without a hitch.
“We began planning AIDS 2014 three years ago with MCEC representatives attending AIDS 2012 in Washington to factor learnings into our own planning and delivery.
“AIDS 2014 utilised all 66,333 square metres of our venue and our dedicated planning group from across the business worked with the International AIDS Society to seamlessly to deliver it.”
MCEC’s food and beverage team catered for almost 14,000 attendees, offering 11 different food outlets with 60 different menu options and served 1000 volunteers each day of the conference.
Eighty MCEC technicians supported the conference including facilitating more than 100 satellite events and uploaded 700 scientific presentations to the AIDS 2014 YouTube site.
“Our approach was so successful that the processes we developed will be used as a future event model for the international conferences we host,” King added.
“I’d like to congratulate all finalists and winners at last night’s awards including the three shows awarded that were held here at MCEC.”
In addition to AIDS 2014, this year MCEC delivered the World Congress of Cardiology and World Haemophilia Congress and next month will host the World Cancer Congress.
The Exhibition and Event Association of Australasia (EEAA) Awards for Excellence honour organisers, venues, suppliers and people working in trade and consumer shows across Australia and in New Zealand.