Melbourne Convention Centre Open as Fires Rage on City’s Outskirts

HIL ANDERSON, SENIOR EDITOR
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Melbourne, Australia – The Melbourne Convention and Exhibition Centre (MCEC) was open for business Tuesday despite a ring of fire that virtually surrounded the city.

The fast-moving brush fires that killed more than 170 people over the weekend were burning well away from downtown Melbourne and had not disrupted operations at the convention center, according to Penny France, communications coordinator for the venue. “MCEC is open today,” France told Trade Show Executive. “The operation of the building hasn’t been affected by the brush fires and so all of our events this week will take place as scheduled.”

The next major event on the MCEC calendar is the AsiaPacific Incentives & Meetings Expo, which will be held February 17-18.

France added that the convention center had not been pressed into service as an evacuation center but was on standby should the need arise.

Most of the deadly brush fires were concentrated in rural areas outside of Melbourne. No other major Australian cities were affected by the outbreak.

Reach Penny France at (03) 9235 8205 or pfrance@mcec.com.au