Late last week, Chris Barlow, board chair of Melbourne Convention Bureau (MCB), announced the departure of Karen Bolinger, CEO of MCB. After spending 7.5 years, Bolinger will complete her tenure with MCB on April 5, 2019.
In a statement to the press, Barlow said that, under Bolinger's guidance, MCB delivered some of the most successful years on the record. With the support of Visit Victoria, the 2018-2019 period is expected to deliver its highest-ever economic contributions to Victoria of almost $500 million.
Barlow then went on to highlight some of Bolinger's other major contributions, including the repositioning of Melbourne's profile as an innovative business events destination, as well as the development of the 'Team Melbourne' philosophy, which is now a city-wide collaboration across government, universities, research institutes, hotels, function venues and attractions to secure business events for the state. Barlow also highlighted the fact that Bolinger was the recipient of the 2018 Joint Meetings Industry Council Unity Award, which recognises individuals who have made significant contributions to the advancement of the business events industry.
Barlow's statement does not mention where Bolinger will be headed next, but ends with: "On behalf of MCB Board and the Visit Victoria Leadership team, I would like to thank Karen for her commitment to MCB and to wish her all the best for her future endeavours."