Plans have been unveiled for a significant expansion of the Melbourne Convention & Exhibition Centre (MCEC).
The project will add nearly 20,000m² of event space to the facility, including new exhibition halls and more meeting and banqueting rooms. Once complete, the MCEC will cover a total floorspace of more than 70,000m² and will enable the facility to handle an additional 74,000 visitors per year.
“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,” said Victoria’s Minister for Tourism & Major Events, John Eren.
The expansion project forms part of the South Wharf development that will connect the MCEC with a new 341-room hotel and multi-storey car park.
While the development takes place, MCEC said that it would continue to be “business as usual” at the conference centre. Construction is expected to be completed in early 2018.