Leading Meeting Professionals

Professional Convention Management Association

December 26 2012

INTERNATIONAL: Melbourne

Ali Gramaglia

Intelligent choice for conferences

You don’t need a high IQ to understand why Melbourne is the perfect place to host a meeting. All you need is to look at the facts. The city offers a world-class convention center, top international airport, 13 major research institutes, and a rich and unique culture that you can only find down under.

In the next few years, Melbourne will host some of the world’s most prestigious business events, including the World Diabetes Congress in 2013, and the International AIDS Conference and the World Congress of Cardiology in 2014. Rated “the world’s most livable city” in 2011 by the Economist Intelligence Unit’s Global Livability Survey, Melbourne has something to offer every industry and individual attendee. From its breathtaking historic and modern architecture to its vast selection of cuisine, the city can accommodate all appetites.

Recognized as a center of excellence for research and development in the medical, science, business, and financial industries, Melbourne is an ideal locale for all conferences. With 263 biotechnology companies, 13 major medical research institutes, 400 higher education facilities, and 1,000 financial-services firms, it’s a great place to get down to business. But don’t be fooled: Melbourne has plenty to offer in the pleasure department as well. As Australia’s cultural capital, attendees will discover 3,000 restaurants, cafes, and bars, and more retail space than any other city in Australia. Melbourne hosts internationally acclaimed events such as the Formula One Australian Grand Prix, the Spring Racing Carnival, and the Melbourne Food and Wine Festival.

Within walking distance of the city center are state-of-the-art sporting, entertainment, and conference venues, including the Melbourne Convention and Exhibition Centre, the largest meeting facility in the Southern Hemisphere. And with more than 26,000 hotel rooms, Melbourne offers top-class accommodations, including the 658-room Crown Metropol and the 167-room Melbourne Marriott Hotel.

Explore outside city lines and find spectacular coastline scenery, Australian wildlife sanctuaries, boutique wineries, relaxing day spas, alpine skiing, and world-class golf courses. No matter where you go in Melbourne, you’ll get an equal, effortless mix of industry and natural beauty, entertainment and education, business and pleasure.

For more information: mcvb.com.au

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