Tips for Business Travel in Melbourne

by George Lascar

The business culture in Melbourne is not very different from that of Western European countries or the United States. So while you shouldn’t worry about business protocol too much (just dress smart, be polite and greet people with a smile and firm handshake), you should know that Melbourne has a thriving economy and countless business opportunities. While banking, IT and logistics are the preferred business sectors, practically every aspect of the economy is open to investments – Melbourne is on its way to surpass Sydney in terms of business opportunities and economic growth. With a last observation regarding business hours in Victoria’s capital (which are generally (8:30 am to 5:30 pm) I hope you’ll find my tips for business travel in Melbourne to be quite useful:

Melbourne Business District

by kattekrab

The Business District in Melbourne (MBD) occupies much of the city downtown – meaning the glass and steel skyscrapers responsible for Melbourne’s impressive skyline. Melbourne is a prime economic hub, and lots on the international corporations have their headquarters here. There are also a lot of banks, as well a plentiful cafes and lounges where business people meet for a brunch or in order to seal a deal.

Conference Centers and Opportunities

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Business persons account for an important part of Melbourne’s tourists. There are plenty of conference rooms and facilities located all over MDB, as well as in the central hotels. Due to Australia’s numerous connections with both the Western and Asian business markets, Melbourne has developed into one of the biggest business conference centers in this part of the world.
There is quite a number of important business centres located in downtown Melbourne, including the Collins Street Business Centre, the Asian Pacific Business Centre or the Lakeside Business Centre. An ultra-modern conference center, called the Melbourne Convention Centre was inaugurated in 2009, containing a huge Plenary Hall and numerous smaller conference rooms. It is located in the Dockland area, near the Exhibition Centre. Many of these centers offer personalized services, and access to multiple facilities such as training rooms, virtual conference rooms, meeting rooms or serviced offices.

Business Accommodation

As far as accommodation is concerned, Melbourne doesn’t lack any of the big hotels chains, nor the luxurious hotels that the upper management elite prefer. Among the common choices for businessmen are the Sofitel Melbourne on Collins Street, The Langham or Crown Plaza Melbourne. Hyatt, Holiday Inn, Novotel, Best Western and Mercure each have several middle prices hotels all over Melbourne.

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