There are always new things happening for meetings in Australia, and this year is no exception.
From Melbourne’s Convention and Exhibition Centre (MCEC) expansion to new hotels and increased airlift between Australia and the US, there’s a lot going on Downunder for meeting planners.
New Airline Lift
With more than 120 direct flights a week between the US and Australia, it’s never been easier for American groups to get there. New connections include non-stop direct flights between Melbourne and San Francisco with Qantas, which started September 2018. Houston, Dallas and Los Angeles also offer direct flights to Australia.
The $165.5 million expansion of the MCEC has made this venue Australia’s largest with more exhibition and adaptable event spaces and a new 347-room Novotel hotel directly connected to the center. The center now boasts a total of 753,473 sf of meeting space, as well as a 1,000-seat theatre.
New Hotel Openings
The brand new W Hotel Brisbane is now open. The AUD800 million, 305-room, six-star hotel in the heart of the city offers more than 10,000 sf of meeting space, including the largest, the Great Room, at 5,300 sf.
Crystalbrook Collection is building three new luxury hotels in Cairns with Riley, a five-star resort including a lagoon pool and private beach, the first to open in November 2018. Crystalbrook Collection will also develop a fourth 100-room boutique hotel, retail and dining areas in Port Douglas.
Meanwhile, Sydney’s Sheraton on the Park has completed a refresh of its meetings and events floor that includes updates to the Sheraton Club Lounge, Grand Ballroom, meeting spaces and 558 guest rooms.