Karen Bolinger to step away from Melbourne Convention Bureau

Melbourne Convention Bureau’s long-standing CEO Karen Bolinger is leaving the organisation after more than seven years in the role.

Melbourne Convention Bureau (MCB) Chair Chris Barlow announced the news, saying Bolinger would finish on April 5 “to take some well-deserved time off before exploring other opportunities”.

Bolinger and her team had “led the repositioning of Melbourne’s profile as an innovative business events destination by highlighting the city’s intellectual capacity and knowledge sectors,” Barlow said, adding that “she had decided that the time has come to stop and take some time out for self care”.

Bolinger’s leadership oversaw Melbourne’s most successful years on record in terms of business events, with this financial year expected to deliver almost $500 million, marking the sector’s highest ever economic contribution to the state.

“During Karen’s tenure she was integral in delivering strategic direction to the many boards she sat on, as well as leading the transition for MCB to become part of Visit Victoria,” Barlow said.

Bolinger is also Chair of the BestCities Global Alliance and ICCA Australia, and President of the Association of Australian Convention Bureaux.