As a familiar sense of normality finally begins to resume around the world, in-person meetings and events are once again taking place. Of course, that's not to say that things are 100% as they used to be, but the green light is well and truly lit for functions, meetings, conferences and events in Melbourne. 

Whether you're ready to start holding in-person gatherings or prefer to continue with one of the new normals, the hybrid event - Melbourne's state of the art meetings and events venue, Pearl Riverfront is the perfect place to step into the world of business. 

Naturally, many of the safety and hygiene protocols implemented during the pandemic are here to stay; helping create safe and healthy spaces for meetings and events. To help you kickstart your first business meeting or event since the end of the covid restrictions, here are a few top tips.

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No pressure to go traditional

While it's great that people can finally get together in person for a business meeting or event, it's important to remember that not everyone is on the same page. This is where Pearl Riverfront’s hybrid event solutions come into play. 

Before the pandemic, it was standard for attendees to show up in person, with the odd person joining via Skype or a similar platform. During the lockdowns, technology came to the forefront for the majority of businesses around the world, allowing people to attend from the comfort of their homes.

Pearl Riverfront is a leader in hybrid events solutions, partnering with Encore to provide cutting edge technology that helps meetings and events run seamlessly. If attendees can't make it on the day due to illness, travel issues or personal circumstances, they can still play a vital role and take part via webcasting, live streams, video conferencing, polls, event apps and much more. In fact, this technology can also be used for in-person events to maximise engagement among attendees.

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Breakout spaces perfect for relaxing

Whether you're looking to put on a corporate conference, midweek meetings, or an evening of networking with cocktails and canapes, breakout spaces are essential for a successful event. Providing additional space, you can choose between the beautiful riverside boardwalk and the elegant pre-function area.

The riverside boardwalk is the ultimate breakout space for hosting stylish cocktail parties, alfresco gatherings and spectacular evening events with the ability to include helicopter flybys, celebratory fireworks and on-river projections. Plus, guests have the option to arrive via the river, which adds to the excitement. 

Inside Pearl Riverfront, the dedicated pre-function area provides the ultimate space for champagne and nibbles before getting down to business, reception style events, and networking with cocktails during the colder months. Catering for up to 244 guests, why not combine the breakout spaces and transition from day to night in two very different venue spaces.

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Meet with confidence

When booking a meeting, conference or event at Pearl Riverfront, you are covered by the IHG Meet With Confidence promise. Enjoy consistently elevated standards of cleanliness, safety and hygiene throughout the duration of your meeting or event in Melbourne - giving you the peace of mind to be able to meet with confidence throughout the year.

Prime Melbourne city location

Located on the banks of the Yarra River, directly beneath Crowne Plaza Melbourne, Pearl Riverfront is in a spectacular prime city-centre location just moments from some of the city's most iconic attractions, entertainment and areas of interest. 

Just 5 minutes away you'll find Marvel Stadium, Flagstaff Gardens, Federation Square, DFO South Wharf,  and Melbourne Docklands. Just 500m 5-minute walk away is the Melbourne Convention and Exhibition Centre (MCEC). Southern Cross and Flinders Street Stations are both just a few minutes from Pearl Riverfront, making it an easily accessible venue for function rooms in Melbourne.

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Meetings & events with a difference

Whether you want to begin your meeting or event in a more traditional venue space before moving it to somewhere a little more elevated, or go all-in with a space made for entertaining, Pearl Riverfront and their partners have the ultimate space available to suit.

Finished with neon lighting, vibrant street art and glitzy touches, Dive Bar is one of the coolest places in Melbourne. Perfect for networking events, celebrations and cocktail parties, guests will love the hot pink billiards table, jukebox and classic dive bar look and feel. With space for up to 50 seated attendees or 80 standing, it serves up a space that is memorable for all the right reasons.

If you're looking for something a little bit more elegant and refined, the Cube at Yugo restaurant is an amazing choice. The ultimate space for a dinner for between 8 to 11 guests, enjoy a sensory dining experience of fine food, international beverages and private waiting staff. Seated within a glass cube within the main restaurant, you can frost the glass with the click of a button for maximum privacy.


Lastly, the Californian-inspired space of Pow Wow in Crowne Plaza Melbourne is great for more relaxed meetings and work events with a smaller group of guests. Take advantage of bright lighting, cool decor, complimentary WiFi, power outlets and access to fresh coffee, beverages and food to power you through the job at hand.

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Pearl Riverfront package options

As Melbourne's premier meetings and event destination, Pearl Riverfront is making getting back to business, their business. Experience stylish, state of the art function rooms in Melbourne that are sure to impress with one of Pearl Riverfronts' exclusive package options

From Banquet Packages to Studio Half Day Packages and Cocktail Packages to Inspired Meetings, there's a package type for every meeting and event. For example, the Inspired Meetings package provides up to 8 hours of Atrium Room hire, LED screens, WiFi, capsule tea and coffee, bottled water and fresh fruit, muffins and pastries on arrival, working lunch, and a dedicated Event Manager to name a few. 

Regardless of your meeting or event theme, date or number of attendees - Pearl Riverfront makes getting back to business an absolute breeze. Make the most of a prime Melbourne CBD location, access to stylish and modern facilities, amenities and venue spaces, cutting edge technology and an experienced team of professionals from the moment of first contact. 
Start planning the ultimate meeting, conference or event at Pearl Riverfront by getting in touch, today.