The Melbourne Convention and Exhibition Trust has been confirmed as the operator for the new Geelong Convention and Exhibition Centre (GCEC), which will open in 2026. As the existing Government operator of convention and exhibition services in the state of Victoria, the Trust already manages the Melbourne Convention and Exhibition Centre (MCEC) and aims to manage both GCEC and MCEC to leverage expertise and opportunities to collaborate, the company states.
GCEC is being developed on the Geelong Waterfront precinct as part of the Geelong City Deal - a partnership between the Australian and Victorian Governments, together with the City of Greater Geelong. The $294 million project includes the construction of a purpose-built Convention and Exhibition Centre, incorporating a 1000 seat plenary venue and at least 3700 square metres of flexible event space.
„We're excited to start operating in Geelong.“
Peter King, chief executive, MCEC
Peter King, chief executive of MCEC said: "We have more than 25 years' experience hosting and delivering world class business events and we're excited to start operating in Geelong and the Bellarine. We look forward to engaging the local community, businesses, and event organisers as the Centre is developed.www.development.vic.gov.au/projects/geelong-convention-and-exhibition-centre?page=overview