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Melbourne Convention and Exhibition Centre to benefit from $205 million expansion
The Melbourne Convention and Exhibition Centre and the South Wharf precinct will undergo a multi-million dollar expansion.
The Victorian Government has set aside the funding to add 9,000 metre² of new exhibition halls, and additional meeting and banquet rooms that will be fully connected and integrated with the existing Melbourne Convention and Exhibition Centre.
Works will also include almost 20,000 metre² of multi-purpose event space, a new, 331-room hotel and multi-level car park. The hotel and car park will be built with up to $175 million in funding from the private sector.
With preliminary works already started, the Victorian Government expects that expansion will attract an additional 74,000 international visitors annually and create 800 ongoing positions.
Public realm improvements include a new 24 hour access pedestrian link across the site, enhancements to bicycle paths in the area and a glass enclosed sky bridge linking the car park with the South Wharf DFO.
Commenting on the project, Victorian Minister for Tourism and Major Events John Eren stated “business events provide the greatest return of all tourism sectors – delegates routinely spend up to six times as much as holiday makers.”
“This new boost will help our state bid for more events, which will see more people visiting, more jobs created as we become an even stronger state.”
Images show artist's impressions of the planned MCEC expansion.
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