Melbourne opens largest hotel conference centre in Australia

3 Feb 2010

Melbourne adds another major meetings space to its already impressive corporate events facilities with the opening of the extended Crown Conference Centre today.

The remodelled space will be able to hold 840 delegates in the main conference hall and there are 19 other venues for events of various sizes.

Crown Conference Centre is part of the Crown entertainment and hotel complex in the city’s Southbank area, along the Yarra River. The Crown complex is situated opposite the recently extended Melbourne Convention and Exhibition Centre (MCEC).

The centre, adjacent to the 465-room Crown Promenade, is connected to the flagship 481-room, five-star Crown Towers by a skybridge. A third adjacent property, the 658-room Crown Metropol, will open later this year and will feature the first Gordon Ramsay restaurant, Maze, in Australia.

Crown CEO, David Courtney, said: “The combination of the MCEC with Crown’s entertainment offer and soon-to-be 1,600 hotel rooms provides a compelling offer to the international conference and conventions market. To date, more than 30 conferences and over 100 meetings have been booked at the Crown Conference Centre for the first six months of operation.”

In addition to the main Crown Conference Hall and Promenade Room, a further 16 individual meeting rooms are available, along with offices for organisers including private facilities and meeting areas. The Business Centre will offer full secretarial services, internet work-stations, photocopying, printing and scanning facilities, a private meeting room and courier service.

The Crown complex also includes a 24-hour casino, cinemas, luxury shopping outlets and over 40 different bars and restaurants.

Crown Limited also owns Burswood convention hotel and casino in Perth and has a sizeable stake in Macau’s gaming and conference conglomerate Melco Crown Entertainment.

Kenny Coyle

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