Melbourne Convention + Visitors Bureau – Planners Guide for the Geelong & Great Ocean Road region

New MCVB CEO to Launch New Great Ocean Road Planners Guide at AIME
     20 Feb 12

New Melbourne Convention + Visitors Bureau (MCVB) has launched its Business Events Geelong’s new and innovative Planners Guide for the Geelong & Great Ocean Road region.

The new Guide incorporates QR code technology that allows the reader to taste the region’s all kinds of venues and sites – up to the best water parks in Melbourne, professional services and experiences without even leaving the office. By scanning an advertiser’s QR code with a smart phone, the reader will be connected to YouTube footage or an image gallery and taken on a journey of quality, professionalism and regional hospitality.

“With the ever increasing use of smart phones in doing business, the addition of QR codes to our printed Planners Guide has breathed new life into a marketing tool that some competing destinations and business events organisations no longer produce,” said Andrew Hiebl, Convention Bureau Manager of Business Events Geelong.

“Being a regional destination means that we have to be cutting edge and unique in our approach. Linking the Guide to a virtual experience also makes the Geelong & Great Ocean Road region that little bit easier for conference organisers to access, particularly in the destination selection phase,” he said.

Karen Bolinger, CEO of MCVB, said she was extremely impressed by Business Events Geelong’s innovative approach to the Planners Guide.

“Regional Victoria, and the Great Ocean Road in particular, are major draw cards for visiting convention delegates, so it’s fantastic to see that the region is producing a Guide of this calibre, which will no doubt encourage even more organisations to choose our state for their next business event,” Ms Bolinger said.

Other new features of the 2012-13 Planners Guide include:

  • Corporate partnership with National Breast Cancer Foundation,
  • INnovative Geelong – an overview of Geelong’s four major industry clusters and Deakin University,
  • Geelong Open For Business – an economic indicators snapshot highlighting key leading and emerging industry sectors,
  • Refresh your footprint – green initiatives of the region, and
  • Corporate and social responsibility – leave a lasting legacy with some of our local suppliers.