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Short breaks with P&O
Cruising doesn’t always come to mind when you think of a venue for your next conference. But
with P&O Conferences, there are countless reasons why it should.
P&O Seabreaks are the perfect length for conferences. Over 40 per cent of cruises are 2-4
nights, plus with no traffic or flights, your conference starts as soon as you step onboard.
P&O Conferences offer an all-inclusive price for your delegates, which includes accommodation,
meals, entertainment, conference requirements and much more. A/V equipment and top-of-the-
line facilities rivalling any land based venue also come standard. Plus your delegates will have
access to everything a P&O Cruise offers from gourmet food to 60 onboard activities daily. You
just can’t beat the value compared to hotels and resorts.
With cruising representing the fastest-growing segment in travel and showing double-digit
growth every year for the last decade, P&O Cruises now have a dedicated corporate sales team
in North Sydney. P&O senior sales manager, Rebecca Mutanen comments “Our meeting and
incentive business is gaining exceptional momentum. We’re pleased to see the conversion rate
for events and incentive groups virtually double in the past year.”
P&O Cruise’s partnerships with DMCs and PCOs are also growing rapidly due to the new P&O
Conferences program, tailored to groups between 50 and 200 (and larger).
Ms Mutanen points out “When an event planner steps onboard, they quickly realise what a
great option cruising is for conferences, meetings and incentives and their perception changes
Additionally, in November 2015, P&O Cruises will welcome two new ships, giving P&O the
largest fleet of cruise ships in Australia with departures from all mainland states. This expansion
welcomes Pacific Aria and Pacific Eden, each with dedicated full conference rooms for up to
200 delegates. Whether it’s space for a conference, meeting, awards ceremony, gala or a social
event, P&O Cruises has you covered.
By the end of 2015
brands in the U.S.
will be able to
unlock their rooms
using their mobile
Australia’s largest hotel operator, Accor, and
Greening Australia have announced a new
agreement that will see more than 50,000 trees
planted over five years across Australia. As part
of Accor’s Plant for the Planet program, trees
will be planted to support several of Greening
Australia’s large-scale restoration projects
across the country. Chief operating officer
Accor Pacific, Simon McGrath, said through the
group’s sustainable development program,
Planet 21, Accor is deepening its focus on
preserving the ecosystems in which its hotels
operate. “We have taken our commitment to
hotel sustainability to another level through our
partnership with Greening Australia. Giving
something back to restore and maintaining our
precious natural habitats situated near our hotel
communities is crucial, particularly as we
expand our network,” he said.
Holiday Inn Perth City Centre has just commenced a $12 million dollar refurbishment
with works commencing at the hotel in January. The project, which will be completed
by the end of 2015, includes a modern update of the hotel’s guest rooms, public areas
and food and beverage outlets. The refurbishment plan promises to deliver a fresh, new
look to the hotel, which is situated in the heart of Perth’s bustling city centre. In the
hotel’s public spaces, guests will be greeted by a modern, spacious lobby and
re-energised dining facilities. A new al fresco dining area directly on the street level will
help guests to get a feel for the buzz of the city.
MEETINGS | INCENTIVES | CONFERENCES | CHARTERS | EXECUTIVE RETREATS
Choose from 58 itineraries starting from just 3 nights, including accommodation, main meals
and venue hire with dedicated conferencing facilities. Step out of your office and into ours.
Stand out from the crowd and book your next corporate event with P&O.
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