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Mice Asia Net : July 2009
australia BELOW: Celebrations all around at the opening of the Melbourne Convention Centre. RIGHT: Victorian Premier John Brumby at the centre’s opening. followed by char grilled certified Black Angus rump sourced from Gippsland and Yarra Valley salmon which is cured on-site by the MCEC’s own chefs. Food and wine manager Frank Burger says the venue prides itself on sourcing the freshest ingredients it can from local quality producers and turning them into a five-star culinary offering. “We don’t look at the size of the group when we’re preparing a menu,” he said. “It’s all about what is in season locally and then sourcing the freshest, best quality product we can whether it’s for 20 or 2000.” The centre has already won a leading national industry award for its quality food and wine, awarded both the state and national MEA (Meetings & Events Australia) Awards for Banqueting and Catering - beating competitors from the nation’s best venues and leading catering organisations. 50th event for new centre Just days after opening, the Melbourne Convention and Visitors Bureau announced it had secured the right to host the International Conference on Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery 2015, expected to attract more than 1200 delegates to Victoria and inject more than AUD$6 million into the state economy. Announcing the win, CEO of the Melbourne Convention + Visitors Bureau, Sandra Chipchase, said that the conference marked a significant milestone for MCVB, Melbourne, and the new Melbourne Convention Centre. ‘As well as furthering Melbourne’s reputation as an international hub for medical business events, the right to host the International Conference on Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery 2015 marks 50 business events secured by the MCVB for the new Melbourne Convention Centre,” she said. 48 miceAsia.net “From science fiction to nursing, from HR to diabetes, the MCVB has attracted conventions and events to the new convention centre from around the world, with wins to date expected to attract more than 100,000 delegates to Melbourne. “The MCVB’s exceptional bidding strategies continue to see Melbourne win significant international business events, despite strong competition globally, and a tough economic climate. Our key selling points when positioning Melbourne internationally include promoting the city’s superior conference facilities, world-class hotels, fine wine and dining, and a stylish, yet laid back lifestyle – all points that set Melbourne apart, and which rate highly with delegates visiting our great city. “We are delighted that Victoria’s reputation and knowledge in the area of oral and maxillofacial surgery will be recognised internationally by holding this conference in Melbourne, and that an event within the key area of medicine and research, for which Melbourne has a reputation globally, marks MCVB’s 50th event secured for the new Melbourne Convention Centre.” The MCVB worked with The Australian and New Zealand Association of Oral and Maxillofacial Surgeons to secure the conference. Dr George Dimitroulis, an oral and maxillofacial surgeon who helped secure the win, said: “We are honoured to host our professional colleagues from around the world in Melbourne. “An event of this status will provide invaluable international exposure for Melbourne among the oral and maxillofacial surgery community. It will also provide oral and maxillofacial specialists with access to some of the most advanced research and expertise worldwide, and will ultimately lead to improvements in surgical practice and patient care.” To learn more about the Melbourne Convention Centre visit www.mcec. com.au.