Visitors to the Melbourne Convention and Exhibition Centre (MCEC) will have access to free wireless internet from 1 February 2011, a first for any centre in the country.
Delegates, event attendees and the general public will be able to stay connected to the web, Facebook, Twitter and check emails while out of the office.
MCEC’s chief executive, Leigh Harry says the initiative reflects an understanding of the time-poor nature of most delegates.
“Our focus at the MCEC is on ensuring the experience is not one that competes with people’s day to day lives,” Harry said.
“We understand that internet connectivity is crucial to our delegates, and this complimentary service allows them to keep in touch with their offices at all times.”
Offering free Wi-Fi further establishes the venue as an industry leader, no other centre in Australia provides visitors with this technology.
Internet coverage will extend throughout the venue, including meeting rooms, exhibition bays, the plenary and all other public spaces.
Event planners will have the option of upgrading to a platinum Wi-Fi service that can be designed specifically for their delegates and offers unrestricted internet access, including Skype.
Harry says the free Wi-Fi offer is a direct response to the changing needs of visitors to the MCEC and reflects our commitment to utilising technology within the venue.