Two convention centres on opposite sides of the Tasman have scooped awards this week in Melbourne and Christchurch.
Melbourne Convention and Exhibition Centre (MCEC) was named the Business Event Venue of the Year at the VTIC Victorian Tourism Awards.
In 2022-23, MCEC hosted 694 events that brought more than 787,000 visitors to the venue. In total, MCEC welcomed more than 2.6 million visitors and generated $805 million in economic impact for Victoria.
“MCEC’s ambition is to be the best, to lead and to bring real value to our customers and community,” said MCEC chief executive Natalie O’Brien. “This award recognises our work and confirms our reputation as a leader in Australia’s event sector.”
MCEC will represent Victoria at the Australian Tourism Awards in March next year.
Te Pae Christchurch Convention Centre also won two awards at the at the recent Entertainment Venues Association of New Zealand (EVANZ) Awards.
Te Pae Christchurch was named Medium Venue of the Year and Te Pae Christchurch Food and Beverage Operations Manager Marzena Orlecka was awarded the EVANZ ‘Rising Star of the Year’.
“Te Pae Christchurch has made a significant impact in a short space of time thanks to our people, our community and our clients,” Te Pae Christchurch General Manager Ross Steele said.
EVANZ General Manager Sally-Anne Coates said the judges were very impressed with Orlecka.
“Clearly she is a highly valued member of the Te Pae team,” Coates said.
“The submission was full of examples highlighting her achievements and commitment to customer satisfaction.”