The Melbourne Convention and Exhibition Centre, formerly known as the World Congress Centre Melbourne, was opened on the 14th of February, 1996. The Exhibition Centre plays host to a variety of large events, a number of them being annual events. It is home to a 30,000 square meter pillar-less floor space, the largest pillar-less floor space in the Southern Hemisphere. The Exhibition Centre has become a Melbourne icon because of its main entrance which consists of tilted metal blades supported by a pair of yellow rods. The Exhibition Centre was awarded the Australian Construction Achievement Award in 2010 and was the first convention centre in the world to receive a 6 star Green Star environmental rating.


Due to the frequency of events being held at the Melbourne Exhibition Centre, there are a large number of visitors looking for hotels. Southbank Melbourne is a popular area for visitors of the Melbourne Exhibition Centre because of its proximity to the Exhibition Centre, and to the Melbourne city centre. For visitors who intend on staying in the area for a long period of time, hotels such as the WRAP on Southbank are ideal as they offer apartment style accommodation for a very reasonable price, while providing the luxury and amenities of a hotel. Frequent travelers are well aware of how unpleasant living out of a suitcase can be however at an apartment style hotel, you are able to feel at home, making it easier to concentrate on work and truly enjoy your stay in Melbourne.


The Melbourne Exhibition Centre being located so close to the heart of Melbourne means that accessing it is remarkable easy. With a number of tram, bus and train stations nearby, getting to the Melbourne Exhibition Centre has been made very easy.


Thanuja Silva is a travel writer who writes under the pen name Auburn Silver. She has a passion for fashion and a deep interest in admiring new and exotic attractions around the world.