Rotary is a global network of 1.4 million business, professional and community leaders, working together to promote peace, fight disease, provide clean water, support mothers and children, improve education and protect the environment.
The 2023 Rotary International Convention will be held in Melbourne this May, with club members travelling from across Europe, North America, Asia, the Middle East and Australia to attend the event. The bid led by Melbourne Convention Bureau (MCB), with support from the Victorian Government and Tourism Australia, will see the event return to Melbourne for the second time, 30 years after the 1993 convention.
The major event is expected to deliver $91 million to the local economy and will take over the entire Melbourne Convention and Exhibition Centre (MCEC), with events also to be held at Rod Laver Arena at Melbourne & Olympic Parks and activations around the city.
MCEC will host pre-convention programs, seated luncheons, breakout sessions and the House of Friendship Exhibit Hall, where attendees can learn about projects making an impact around the world. In addition to the public-facing events, the entire centre will be in use to support the execution of the event, with Rotary support offices, president and president-elect offices located on-site.
MCEC Chief Executive, Natalie O’Brien AM said the Rotary International Convention showcases MCEC’s unique ability to host events of this scale.
“The Rotary International Convention is unlike anything we’ve hosted at MCEC. It’s a major logistical operation, with team members working tirelessly to ensure a seamless experience for conference attendees.”
“Rotary plays a pivotal role in improving outcomes for our communities and we’re delighted to host their international conference at MCEC. I’m excited to see the venue come alive with passionate community leaders from around the world who are all working together to create a better future.”
MCB Chief Executive Julia Swanson said the city has been preparing for this event for many years.
“In bringing the convention to Melbourne we will cement the state’s reputation as Australia’s events and cultural capital, while showcasing Victoria as the ultimate destination for business events and visitors from across the world.
“We are confident that our world-class facilities, exceptional events supply chain, and city-wide collaboration will ensure an unforgettable experience for all attendees.”