The Melbourne Convention and Exhibition Centre (MCEC) is the venue for ACEM Annual Scientific Meeting 2014. The MCEC is conveniently located on the banks of the Yarra River in the heart of the city, close to restaurants, hotels and public transport hubs, and it is just 20 minutes by car from Melbourne Airport.
The newly opened centre is fully integrated with the existing Exhibition Centre, making the MCEC the largest combined exhibition and convention centre in Australia. It has also been awarded a 6 star green star environmental rating by the Green Building Council of Australia, the first in the world for a convention centre. Visit www.mcec.com.au for more information on the MCEC Complex.
With regular medal-winning appearances in the Economist's Most Liveable Cities list (taking the top award three times since 2002); Melbourne has a right to be boastful. But despite its temperate climate, safe streets, cosmopolitan lifestyle and beautiful setting, locals remain low-key about their city. They know that Melbourne is Australia's undisputed event, sport, culture and food capital; a city with a European approach to style and a lifestyle that puts it in the fast lane. No need for show.
Australia is famed for being free of social and political turmoil and filled with sun, surf and beaches, unique flora and fauna, and warm, friendly people. And nowhere will you find these qualities more evident than in Melbourne. A modern multicultural, metropolis of four million people, it is a city that has made blending business with pleasure a sophisticated art form and a way of life.
Melbourne truly understands how to conduct business on a global level; however it has also been aptly described as 'Australia's most stylish city after sunset'. There are plenty of things to do in Melbourne. Easily navigated on foot, the city's confidence and success are infectious; whether closing a deal or relaxing with colleagues and new friends.
Melbourne's airport has more than 300 international and 1000 domestic arrivals per week, providing superb access from across Australia and the world. Integrated public transport and centrally located facilities combine to make Melbourne the perfect destination.
Getting around Melbourne is easy and convenient. Following are the most convenient modes of transport.
Airport & flights
The Melbourne Convention and Exhibition Centre is located in the central business district of Melbourne, Australia. The fully-equipped Centre is close to restaurants, hotels and public transport hubs; and is just 20 minutes by car from Melbourne Airport.
Skybus Super Shuttle is the official transit link between Melbourne Airport and the central business district. It departs every 15 minutes from Southern Cross station, a five-minute walk from the Centre.
Purchase tickets and view the timetable at the Skybus website: www.skybus.com.au
Melbourne Airport has five car rental companies located on-site. All have offices on the ground floor of the Short Term Car Park, and information desks in the Melbourne Airport Domestic Terminals. Contact the companies direct for current rates.
AVIS Car Rental
Within Australia: 13 63 33
Outside Australia: +61 3 9338 1800
Within Australia: 13 27 27
Outside Australia: +61 3 9338 6955
Within Australia: 1300 13 13 90
Outside Australia: +61 3 9241 6800
Thrifty Car Rental
Within Australia: 1300 36 72 27
Outside Australia: +61 3 9241 6100
Hertz Car Rental
Within Australia: 13 30 39
Outside Australia: +61 3 9338 4044
Skybus offers a shuttle bus service from the airport to Melbourne CBD and city hotels. This service operates 24 hours, 7 days. Buses run every 10–15 minutes throughout the day and every 30–60 minutes overnight. Skybus Hotel Shuttle operates from the city 0600–2200 Monday to Friday and 0730–1830 Saturday and Sunday. Taxi
Melbourne’s major taxi companies include:
• 13 CABS (13 22 27—within Australia only)
• Arrow (13 22 11—within Australia only)
• Embassy Taxis (13 17 55—within Australia only)
• Silver Top Taxis (13 10 08—within Australia only)
• Taxis are available from the ground floor level of Melbourne Airport, outside the International Terminal and both Domestic Terminals. Expect a taxi fare of around A$80 to A$85 for a return trip between the CBD and Melbourne Airport.
Melbourne's train network, operated by Connex Melbourne, services the inner, middle and outer suburbs. All lines run to and from the city. For Melbourne Rail timetables and further information call MetLink on 131 638 or visit:
Metro Trains Melbourne http://www.metrotrains.com.au
Melbourne Train & Tram Map www.railpage.org.au/railmaps/melbourn.htm