Melbourne Conference Centre 10% Growth Drives Upgrade

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A 10% growth in Conference business over the 2008/2009 year together with strong forward bookings for the next financial year has given the The Sebel Albert Park Conference Centre good reason to invest in the future with a $1.5 million technological upgrade of the Grand Ballroom.

“With technology changing all the time it is important that we continually evaluate the needs of our conference and event clients and what the market expects,” said Hotel General Manager Craig Bond.

Boasting 6.2 metre high ceilings and seating up to 1400 people, the Grand Ballroom venue is the hotel’s showpiece and one of the largest and most popular event spaces in Melbourne for exhibitions, social events and large residential conferences.

“Services such as wireless internet connection, video conferencing capability and high definition projection have become standard equipment in first-class event conference venues. By the completion of our upgrade at the end of May, we will offer all of these services – and much more,” Craig said.

“To spend $1.5 million in the current economic climate is a big undertaking,” said Craig. “However despite the global downturn and the massive hit the hospitality industry took during 2009, The Sebel Albert Park Melbourne Conference Venue is performing well and I believe we are making a sound investment for the industry and our future as one of Melbourne’s leading event hotels,” he said.

The Grand Ballroom conference venue will also be tested for an Audio Frequency Induction Loop System (AFILS) which will enable hearing impaired guests to receive sound direct to hearing aids and cochlear implants.

The new ceiling height, draping, motorised projection systems, wide format screens, moving lights and fully programmable table pin spots will be well received by special event organisers, whilst conference and exhibition organisers will appreciate the panoramic screens, 350 new wireless connections, ISDN lines and the ability to broadcast digital television.

Other new conference centre services to be offered in conjunction with Staging Connections include virtual webstreaming which extends the event experience and connects conferences to a virtual audience.

According to Regional General Manager of Staging Connections, Haig Walker, the investment cements a 15 year relationship with The Sebel Albert Park Melbourne Conference Centre.

“This Melbourne Conference Centre is one of the first properties we partnered with and it is still the fastest growing venue for Staging Connections,” he said.

The Sebel & Citigate Albert Park Melbourne Conference Centre is part of the Mirvac group of 45+ hotels and resorts in Australia and New Zealand under such well known brands as Quay Grand, The Como, Quay West Apartments & Resorts, Sea Temple Resorts & Spas, Sydney Marriott Hotel, Citigate Hotels, the Hotel Lindrum Melbourne, Harbour Rocks Hotel Sydney and of course The Sebel Hotels, Resorts and Residences.

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