Media Release

23 November 2018

Victoria: Restoring Victoria’s reputation as the best place to host big business events

Thursday 22 November 2018

Restoring Victoria’s reputation as the best place to host big business events

An elected Liberal Nationals Government will restore funding to the Melbourne Convention Bureau (MCB) to $9 million per year to increase the state’s capacity to host more business events and conferences.

This will in turn boost our economic output, enhance the state’s visitor economy and create jobs.

Since coming to office, Labor has cut the MCB’s funding from $9 million per year to $6.5 million and from 2020-21 there is no ongoing funding in the budget. As a consequence, the MCB has been unable to ‘bid’ on several 5000+ delegate events.

The expected economic return on $9m of funding would be $394m.

MCB has more than 40 years of experience in securing business events for Melbourne with local and global teams dedicated to business development, bidding and sales, convention servicing, marketing, and partnerships.

International conferences are hotly contested by every government, with delegates spending an average of $1019 per person, per day in our state.  International conference delegates stay an average of six days and on average bring three additional people with them.

Comments attributable to the Shadow Minister for Tourism and Major Events, Heidi Victoria:

“There are over 8000 new hotel rooms under construction in Melbourne. For maximum benefit to our state, we need to attract high yield visitors, spread across the calendar year, not just during major or seasonal events.”

The MCB does a fantastic job of securing lucrative business event for our state; they deserve the adequate level of funding to achieve this.”

Big business events, means big business for the Victorian visitor economy and only the Liberal Nationals understand this.”