MCEC expansion roaring ahead, delivering jobs and big events.

Published: 6 September 2017

Ariel view of the construction at MCEC
Photo credit: Pete Glenane courtesy of Plenary Group

The Melbourne Convention and Exhibition Centre (MCEC) expansion is creating hundreds of jobs and helping the world’s most liveable city secure the biggest events.

Minister for Tourism and Major Events John Eren recently announced that Melbourne has secured the Lions Clubs International Convention 2024 (LCIC24) at MCEC.

LCIC24 will be the largest cultural conference ever held in Victoria, with 13,000 Lions Club members from around the globe converging on Melbourne for the five-day annual convention.

The mega event will create 550 jobs, deliver an anticipated $84.4 million boost to Victoria’s economy and result in 48,000 bed nights booked for the city – the equivalent to filling every single hotel room in Victoria for one night.

Melbourne beat six major international cities to secure the conference, reaffirming our reputation as the major events capital.

Melbourne-based steel fabricator Stilcon is one of the many local companies working on the MCEC expansion, which includes almost 3,000 tonnes of structural steel.

The huge redevelopment will create 700 jobs over its 18-month construction period and support more than 900 new ongoing jobs across the precinct once complete.

Construction will be completed by mid-2018.

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