This year’s location city, Melbourne, secured two titles at the prestigious World Travel Awards in 2018, cementing its credentials as Australasia's leader in the business events sector.

At this year's Asia and Australasia Gala Ceremony in Hong Kong, Melbourne was voted Australasia's Leading Meetings and Conference Destination for the fifth time, with Melbourne Convention and Exhibition Centre (MCEC) named Australasia’s Leading Meetings and Conference Centre for the seventh consecutive year.

The World Travel Awards have been acknowledging and celebrating excellence across all sectors of the tourism industry for 25 years. The awards are selected via votes cast by travel professionals and high-end tourism consumers.

Showcasing an incredible range of spaces, innovative design and jaw-dropping food, MCEC hosts the most spectacular local and international events and includes every facility required for a successful conference.

To ensure a safe and enjoyable event for all, the Connecting Up Conference will be following MCEC's VenueSafe plan, which includes the following:

  • VenueSafe advisors

  • Event only access, proof of registration required

  • Temperature checks

  • Increased sanitisation and cleaning

  • Physical distancing

  • Safe food and beverage service

  • All MCEC employees trained on COVID-19 safety and sanitisation protocols

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If you are unwell or become unwell at any time, please do not attend this year's event in person and follow the relevant advice from the Victorian and Federal Governments. 

Our hybrid event means you can still access all presentations, streams and virtual exhibition even if you cannot attend in person.

Online access is available to all delegates. 

Please contact the conference team at if you have any questions.