Travel Gossip: Melbourne Named Australasia’s Top Meeting Destination


Melbourne, Australia, was named the best travel destination for conferences and meetings in Australasia at the 2013 World Travel Awards.

“Melbourne’s infrastructure, intellectual capital, professional services and aesthetics have once again proven superior to those of its Australasian competitors and have enabled the city to be officially recognised as the number one meetings and conference destination in the region,” said Victorian Minister for Tourism and Major Events Louise Asher upon receiving the award.

“The city’s ability to secure such events is proven by the fact that in the next year Melbourne will host three of the world’s largest and most prestigious health and medical related conferences: the 22nd World Diabetes Congress for 12,500 delegates (December 2013); the World Congress of Cardiology for 9,000 delegates (May 2014); and the International AIDS Conference for 14,000 delegates (July 2014), which is an outstanding achievement.”

Voice of International Travel

Melbourne Convention Bureau Chief Executive Officer Karen Bolinger was equally upbeat.

“The World Travel Awards represent the voice of the international travel and tourism industry and this accolade speaks volumes about the city’s capabilities,” Karen said.

 “I would also like to congratulate MCEC for being honoured in the World Travel Award in the category of Australasia’s Leading Meetings & Conference Centre.”

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