The venue team that successfully delivered Australia’s largest health and development conference for Melbourne was recognised at the 2014 EEAA Awards for Excellence this month.

Melbourne Convention and Exhibition Centre (MCEC) took out Best Venue Team after hosting the International AIDS Conference (AIDS 2014) from July 20-25 with almost 14,000 attendees and involved more than 500 committed employees working around the clock to ensure its success.

“We began planning AIDS 2014 three years ago with MCEC representatives attending AIDS 2012 in Washington to factor learnings into our own planning and delivery,” MCEC chief executive, Peter King, said.

“AIDS 2014 utilised all 66,333 square metres of our venue and our dedicated planning group from across the business worked with the International AIDS Society to seamlessly to deliver it.

“I couldn’t be prouder of the team who are incredibly deserving of this win after delivering an event of this size and scale without a hitch.”

MCEC’s food and beverage team catered for almost 14,000 attendees, offering 11 different food outlets with 60 different menu options and served 1000 volunteers each day of the conference.

Eighty MCEC technicians supported the conference including facilitating more than 100 satellite events and uploaded 700 scientific presentations to the AIDS 2014 YouTube site.

“Our approach was so successful that the processes we developed will be used as a future event model for the international conferences we host,” King added.

In addition to AIDS 2014, this year MCEC delivered the World Congress of Cardiology and World Haemophilia Congress and next month will host the World Cancer Congress.

The Exhibition and Event Association of Australasia (EEAA) Awards for Excellence honour organisers, venues, suppliers and people working in trade and consumer shows across Australia and in New Zealand.