The Melbourne Convention Exhibition Centre (MCEC) will see a return to in-person exhibitions for the first time since COVID-19 restrictions came into effect last year, with The Gift & Lifestyle Fair from March 20 to 22, 2021. MCEC is able to host events at up to 75 percent capacity per event space, to a maximum of 5,000 attendees, following the implementation of stringent health and safety measures.
„We appreciate that we are on show for so many reasons“
From March 20, capacity will increase to 10,000 patrons per event space per day, at a maximum of 75 percent capacity. For events of over 5,000 patrons, time-based sessions apply, with a time gap between sessions. This means that exhibitions can operate two daily sessions at a maximum of 5,000 per session, subject to latest density limits (currently 1 person per 2 square metres).
Darren Waite, director of sales at MCEC, said MCEC is thrilled to welcome back trade shows and exhibitions: "At MCEC we are incredibly proud to be acknowledged as a standout venue for COVID safety, which means we can start the return of business events, exhibitions and conferences at MCEC," he said.
Gary Fitz-Roy, managing director of Expertise Events who organise The Gift & Lifestyle Fair, said that after 14 months it is a relief to see the return of live events. "For us being first, we appreciate that we are on show for so many reasons, the most important being to demonstrate that live events bring communities together and will aid in Australia, Victoria and Melbourne's economic recovery," he said.mcec.com.au/mcec-welcomes-back-exhibitions