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Funded by the Geelong City Deal, the Geelong Convention and Exhibition Centre (GCEC) will feature a 200-room upscale hotel and commercial spaces, with a 1,000 seat plenary venue and 3,700 square metres of multi-purpose space which will allow small and large events to run concurrently.

There will also be opportunities to activate the precinct and create better connections to the Geelong CBD and Western Beach.

The GCEC will support 600 jobs during construction and an additional 270 ongoing jobs once complete. The hotel will further boost employment opportunities and strengthen the region’s visitor economy.

The Victorian Government is contributing $261 million to the project, with the Australian Government contributing $30 million and $3 million from the City of Greater Geelong – bringing the total project value to $294 million.

Development Victoria is pleased to be involved with this exciting regional project that will create hundreds of jobs during construction and ongoing jobs when complete.

To find out more about the project, view the FAQs on Regional Development Victoria's website.

Have your say on the Geelong Convention and Exhibition Centre

Consultation has now closed, for updates visit the Engage Victoria webpage.

Three experienced teams are now developing their proposals following the extensive stakeholder and community consultation. The proposals will include master-planning of the entire precinct and detailed design for the convention and exhibition centre, public spaces and a 200-bed upscale hotel. 

This procurement process is confidential and is undertaken between the Victorian Government and bidders. During this time, limited project updates will be available.

The preferred bidder will be announced mid-2023.

3,700 sqm event space

600 jobs during construction

270 ongoing jobs


Who to contact about this project

Local businesses and suppliers can register their interest through the Industry Capability Network (ICN) Gateway.

For all other enquiries email

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Updated on 21 December 2022