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The Thirteen Million Dollar Man

February 18, 2014 Headline News, Trade Events No Comments Email Email

egtmedia59He is the $13.0million man; he sold Melbourne to the world, and he grew the business to around $63.0 Million!  So said Professor Paul  Zimmet at AIME this morning and he was talking about; who else, but our very own Lord Mayor the Right Honorable Robert Doyle. 

Professor Zimmet was (specifically) talking about the international Diabetes conference, that was held in Melbourne last year, and the influence of the Lord Mayor on that conference, and in fairness the Mayor was not present when the remark was made at the Robert Doyle and Karen BolingerBusiness Week Events media conference.  But the comment was made and (in my view) it stuck, deservedly so.

It was earlier in the morning, in fact at the AIME Breakfast, that Mayor Doyle waxed lyrical about his beloved home town of Melbourne, whilst opening AIME.  Introduced by Melbourne Convention Bureau CEO Karen Bolinger; he began by pointing out that for the third year in a row Melbourne had been judged the worlds most livable city; he sought out Sydneysiders in the audience and said; “you finished seventh” – he added with a very wry smile, “seventh is good” –  “but we finished number one!”

Mayor Doyle talked about partnerships, he talked about working with MCB and the MCEC, with various stakeholders in the MICE market and he talked about the importance of the  conference business to his city and to the state of Victoria as a whole.  He talked about culture and how on any given weekend more Victorians indulge in cultural pursuits than sporting ones, he talked about the theatre scene in Melbourne, and specifically mentioned King Kong, and the world premier season that had  concluded only two nights before.  He talked about the cafe scene, the restaurants and all that Melbourne had to offer, as he welcomed the delegates.

He concluded by saying this, “people ask me how to find the real Melbourne, I tell them to go wandering, just wander”.  He added, “I tell them that we have no iconic opera house, nor a harbor bridge, or even a harbor.  What we have is an ever changing streetscape of alleys and lanes, an amazing cultural mix and a truly beautiful city, but that you have to explore to find it, and having found it you will love it!”

Written by : Peter Watson

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