Convention Centre Brings Big Business and Jobs to Victoria
Victoria is set to become one of the most sought after business tourist destinations in the world, when the new Melbourne Convention Centre opens for business in July this year. Touring the completed building for the first time, Premier John Brumby said the Convention Centre would inject $197 million a year for the next 25 years into the Victorian economy and create 2500 jobs across the State. “This world-class centre gives Victoria an international advantage in securing conventions and bringing business tourists to the State,” Mr Brumby said. “Convention and business tourist visitors on average spend five times as much as leisure tourists. “We already have 47 international conventions confirmed bringing almost 100,000 delegates to Melbourne and 140 national conventions, meetings and seminars expected to bring more than 150,000 delegates.” Mr Brumby said the new Melbourne Convention Centre was a new economic engine for the state and that the timing of its completion couldn’t be better. “This facility is a significant asset for our state and one which will help us weather the storm of the global economic slowdown,” Mr Brumby said. “The $1.4 billion development created 1280 jobs during construction as well as 500 new jobs for the associated commercial precinct. “The project has already delivered an estimated $4 billion in economic benefits for the State. “The Centre has also revitalised the whole South Wharf area of the Yarra, sparking the development of the new Hilton Hotel, the South Wharf retail development, the South Wharf sheds development and plans for a new maritime precinct around the Polly Woodside.” Roads, Ports and Major Projects Minister Tim Pallas said the Convention Centre was a new architectural icon for Melbourne. “The centre features a 5,000 seat Plenary Hall, innovative gala seating system, grand foyer, banquet room and fantastic views of the city, making this a truly world class facility,” Mr Pallas said. “The Convention Centre also leads the world in sustainability, as the first large public building of its kind to be awarded a Six Star Green Star rating by the Green Building Council.” The building will be subject to a series of tests and commissioning events in the coming months and a public open day.