Special Melbourne welcome for AIME hosted buyers and media


Grand Hyatt Melbourne will partner with Melbourne Convention and Visitors Bureau (MCVB) to host a special Melbourne welcome cocktail function for AIME hosted buyers and media on Sunday, February 15, 2009 in the hotel’s stunning new events venue, The Residence.

The Residence is part of a 12-month, AU$45 million redevelopment of the Grand Hyatt Melbourne which includes new upper and lower lobbies, a new restaurant called Collins Kitchen and a new bar, RU-CO. The Residence is a private mansion concept that offers tailored, personalized service. It will be completed in late 2008.

“We are thrilled to work with MCVB to host this important event and to have the opportunity to showcase The Residence to hosted buyers and media who are attending AIME,” said Grand Hyatt Melbourne general manager, David Mansfield.

Grand Hyatt Melbourne’s executive chef Peter Dixon will tailor an exciting menu drawing on the core culinary themes that are served in The Residence, with a strong emphasis on local produce and premium wines and champagnes.

Sandra Chipchase, CEO, MCVB, said that 2009 is an exciting year for hosted buyers and media to visit Melbourne as a number of new developments come to fruition.

“The Residence adds a prestigious new element to the Grand Hyatt’s hotel meeting’s facilities and is an ideal venue for our Sunday night welcome function. Hosted buyers and media traveling to Australia for AIME also have an opportunity to pre-tour to some of Melbourne’s and the State of Victoria’s most spectacular attractions, see the new Melbourne Convention Center, view new hotels under construction, including the new Hilton and Crown hotels and to participate in a number of other hotel and venue site inspections,” Ms. Chipchase said.

For information on AIME 2009’s 17th AsiaPacific Incentives and Meetings Expo at the Melbourne Exhibition Center on February 17 and 18, visit www.aime.com.au. To apply for the AIME Hosted Buyer Program go to: http://www.aime.com.au/aime2009/hosted-buyers/en/hosted-buyers_home.cfm