The Hunter Valley’s largest conference and events centre has broken ground and is scheduled for completion by the end of 2014.

The Hunter Valley Conference & Events Centre is set to be the largest and most comprehensive conference and exhibition facility in the region, with capacity for up to 1000 delegates.

Built overlooking garden spaces within Crowne Plaza Hunter Valley, the centre will include three conference rooms with a combined 2012 square metres of pre-function, meeting, exhibition and convention space; each with separate access, and natural light.

The Hunter Valley Conference & Events Centre is being developed by the Schwartz Family Company (SFC) at a cost of more than $4 million as part of a more extensive upgrading and expansion of the facilities offered at the Crowne Plaza Hunter Valley.

SFC’s Dr Jerry Schwartz said that the new centre would make the Hunter Valley a more attractive option for interstate and international conference groups and event organisers.

“The Hunter Valley has a worldwide reputation for the quality of its wines, and with its easy access to Sydney, we believe that we can establish the complex as one of the most dynamic conference and incentive venues in New South Wales,” he said.

“With our extensive range of accommodation styles and leisure facilities we will be able to target a diverse client base – from weekend conferences with families to high-level business conferences, think-tanks and major incentives. In particular, we believe we can attract greater international conference business into the Hunter Valley, building on the renown of the wines by offering the highest quality conference and event facilities.”