Meeting Planning in Perth, Australia
Perth Convention Exhibition Centre
Located in the heart of Perth's central business district next to the majestic Swan River, the Perth Convention Exhibition Centre has helped to cement the city's reputation as a top location for meetings and events. Since the centre's opening in 2004, Perth has jumped from the 111th to the 56th spot on the International Congress & Convention Association's meetings market. The only purpose-built convention, exhibition and meeting venue in Western Australia, the well-placed centre is easily accessible from downtown by foot, bus, train and ferry and is only a 15-minute drive from the airport. An adjacent hotel has 138 rooms, and a further 10,000 hotel rooms are located within walking distance, along with numerous cafes, bars, retail outlets and restaurants.
The stunning AU$220 million venue was designed to capture the flow and essence of the adjacent river, with its glass-fronted reception foyers affording tremendous city and river views from all three of its levels. The world-class facilities include six exhibition pavilions with a total floor space of 16,554 square meters, the 2,500-seat tiered Riverside Theatre, 23 meeting rooms, and the BelleVue Ballrooms, with a capacity of 1,760 people. Having earned it the status of one of only six recipients of the Green Globe Benchmarking recognition, the centre's facilities promise planners that any meeting held at the venue can be an eco-friendly one.
Perth Convention Exhibition Centre boasts some of the most advanced technical amenities in Australia and an enviable communications infrastructure. Intelligent acoustic room design to shield external noise, fiber optic cabling, advanced projection, audio and lighting systems and satellite links are among the features offered at the centre. Further amenities include wireless Internet throughout the venue, cloakrooms, a VIP room, a media room and a green room. With one of the largest kitchens in the region, the centre offers on-site catering that showcases the region's flavors and ingredients, such as lamb, fresh fruit and vegetables and Australian wines. The site is monitored 24 hours a day by discreet on-site security, and an on-site parking lot has 1,500 spaces.