What’s new for Melbourne ahead of a big year


As a premier destination for delegates and event planners, Melbourne is ever-changing its offering providing an array of new reasons to host business events in the city. The new year has kicked off with some incredible new offerings and a range of new openings guaranteed to delight business organisers and delegates a like.

Eat, stay, play

Business events delegates will be spoilt for choice with a range of new openings in 2023 including the tallest hotel in Australia, the Ritz Carlton, and Rydges Melbourne that will open after undergoing a significant multi-million dollar refurbishment providing exciting new options for clients.

Melbourne has also welcomed 80’s Memphis Nostalgia with Laneways By Ovolo making its debut as an evolution of the much loved Ovolo Laneways. It’s the first of the brand to debut in Australia and Ovolo Laneways was renowned for introducing a new take on the boutique designer hotel experience when it first opened and the next phase will reinvigorate this further.

Rydges Melbourne has re-opened after an extensive transformation.

Foodies take note – Melbourne’s incredible culinary scene is exploding with new offerings. Victoria by Farmer’s Daughters celebrates the produce, people and places of the state of Victoria,  Chris Lucas’ stylish Italian-American steakhouse Grill Americano, and Parcs where sustainable dining is informed by fermentation.

The Queen Victoria Market which is always popular with incentive groups and visitors has recently launched The Purpose Precinct – a showcase of Victorian social enterprise products and services located in the Market’s String Bean Alley. With the backing of the Victorian Government and Social Enterprise Network of Victoria, The Purpose Precinct is a partnership with leading social enterprises that create greater opportunity, inclusion and impact in their work. A curated and rotating range of goods all made, designed and/or recycled from sustainably and ethically sourced materials.

The Queen Victoria Market is popular with incentive groups and visitors.

Melbourne is always pushing the boundaries, with new and exciting accommodation and venue offerings in the pipeline.  A standout highlight is the $340 million, yet to be named purpose-built Collection that will be developed by TFE Hotels, in partnership with Capital Alliance. Business event planners take note as a 1,000-capacity event conference centre, will add another dimension to Melbourne’s high-end conferencing options. Located on a sky bridge that connects the two accommodation towers, delegates will be able to enjoy spectacular 360-degree views of the city. The hotel will also feature the largest rooftop infinity pool in Australia.

Super calendar of business events 

Melbourne is set for a bumper year with its calendar of business events across 2023 set to attract close to 60,000 international and national delegates across the 78 events confirmed including 10 hero Association events across the year.

That’s what is on the Melbourne Convention Bureau’s (MCB) books right now and is set to grow as the bureau continues to secure more events each month for Melbourne.

The MCB Team takes the hassle out of planning meetings and events in Melbourne and connect you with the right people, places and products to ensure your event is planned and executed with ease.

Providing a free one-stop-shop service MCB can help you create the most memorable Melbourne business event, conference or meeting possible. From help sourcing accommodation, venues and attractions, to organising your next corporate reward program.

Amphlett House has opened as part of Laneways by Ovolo.

MCB works collectively with its industry partners to ensure the city’s events offering is constantly evolving and appealing to the next generation of event buyers and planners.

May 2023 is shaping up to be massive with 22 events scheduled to take place across the city including the Rotary International Convention International Conference on Software Engineering (ICSE) and SpineWeek across the month with close to 17,500 delegates will arrive from these events alone.

This will be a showcase of city-wide collaboration Melbourne is renowned for. Melbourne’s infrastructure paves the way for highly successful business events, with world-leading facilities and venues, quality accommodation and an extensive transport system.

When Melbourne plays host to a conference, corporate event or incentive group, event owners benefit from our wealth of experience, world-class facilities, collaborative network of suppliers as well as our passion and dedication to ensure every event yields successful business outcomes. 

Melbourne is set for a bumper year with its calendar of business events across 2023.

Rotary International Convention is the most valuable conference ever won for Victoria and is expected to attract Rotary members from over 120 countries and regions worldwide.

National events also play a significant role in the calendar. Victoria’s National Business Events Program has helped to support this which is designed to stimulate short-and-medium term recovery of the business events sector across the state, with most of these events due to be held in the next 18 months.

The Asia Pacific Incentives and Meetings Event (AIME) celebrates its 30th Anniversary

Last but my no means least – AIME 2023. Mark your calendar and register now – The Asia Pacific Incentives and Meetings Event (AIME) promises the be huge and the event to attend in 2023 as it  brings together international and local buyers to access the best exhibitors from around the world in celebration of AIME’s 30th anniversary.

New to this show is the Victorian Precinct, which will occupy the largest footprint on the show floor, including the famous Melbourne Victoria Stand – the largest destination stand at AIME 2023. With 43 exciting exhibitors spread across the Victoria Precinct and the Melbourne Victoria Stand combined, the very best of the best will be at your fingertips.

The Melbourne Victoria Stand will be the largest destination stand at AIME 2023.

In celebration of AIME’s 30th anniversary milestone, this year’s Melbourne Victoria Stand boast a brand-new design built across two-stories where you’ll meet the MCB and its industry partners to discover the very best of what Melbourne has to offer to make your next event one to remember.

AIME is the leading trade event for the meetings and event industry in the Asia Pacific region, where industry decision makers connect, create and do business. AIME 2023 will be held at the Melbourne Convention & Exhibition Centre from 13 – 15 February. 

Keep up to date with the latest news on the Uncover Melbourne program at AIME 2023 here.