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The Cairns Convention Centre recently celebrated 20 successful years of operation at a
cocktail event hosted for local industry and community partners. During the celebration
the centre took a look back at the many achievements, signature events and accolades
that have been attained by the first regional convention centre in Australia. Cairns Mayor,
Bob Manning, said “In the past 20 years, the Cairns Convention Centre has grown in
stature and importance to become one of our city’s most vital assets. Whether it be
sporting and entertainment events, industry expos or international business conferences,
the centre continues to attract large-scale events to our city and is globally recognised as
a benchmark performer.” Praise for the centre also came from within the business
events industry. Mike Pickford, executive director of ASN Events, congratulated the team
at the Cairns Convention Centre, saying his company had had “the pleasure of working
with them many times since opening and they have consistently delivered excellent,
responsive and personalised care for our conferences”.
The Gold Coast is living up to its reputation
as Australia’s emerging capital of sport with
the announcement of a successful bid to
host a sport management conference in
2017. The city has been selected as the
destination to host the Sport Management
Association of Australia and New Zealand
(SMAANZ) Conference in November 2017.
The conference is expected to attract around
200 sports leaders and professional sport
administrators from organisations including
the Commonwealth Games Federation, Team
Australia and professional sports leagues.
The conference will provide practical insight
into Commonwealth Games-related sport
management themes and examine current
sport industry challenges and opportunities.
The Mornington Peninsula has continued to
attract a variety of corporate events throughout
2016 with executive retreats and small
conferences leading the pack. With so many
venue options for small to medium sized
groups in relaxing settings in all corners from
Portsea to Flinders to Mornington to Frankston
you won’t be disappointed. Whether it is a fully
secluded venue in a vineyard setting or a
coastal room with a view, there are options to
suit your needs. From Melbourne CBD the
Mornington Peninsula is only a one hour drive.
This combined with the well-presented venues
and accommodation help ensure the running
of your event is as seamless as possible.
When all the business is done for the day there
are seemingly endless leisure and team
building activities located in the area. There is
no shortage of both land and water-based
activities. Bathe in natural mineral-rich thermal
pools at the Peninsula Hot Springs, enjoy
visiting one of the 50+ cellar doors, or treat
your team to one of four chef hatted
restaurants or try a cooking class. Teams will
enjoy the change of scenery as they spend
time among the olive groves, the beautiful
green hinterland or golfing with ocean views.
Snorkel or kayak with the resident bottle-nosed
dolphins and fur seals off the pier at Sorrento
or cast a line in on a fishing charter. m
Business Events Sunshine Coast (BESC), has unveiled a new look website offering a range
of extra services tailored to help meetings and event planners. As well as providing
information on accommodation and services, the website (www.
businesseventssunshinecoast.com) showcases bespoke incentive experiences, an easy
venue and activity search, deals, case studies and a planning toolkit complete with
downloadable resources. Visit Sunshine Coast CEO, Simon Latchford, said the
redeveloped website is visually-engaging, destination-focused, intuitive and can be viewed
on different devices delivering a more personalised experience for planners. “The website is
the first step for event planners researching destinations and seeking inspiration. Digital
technology is a key element in how the industry books events with this new site providing
direct access to suppliers who can deliver the experiences,” Mr Latchford said.
Western Sydney has welcomed its very first hotel Club Lounge and Club Rooms at
PARKROYAL Parramatta. Following a $25 million refurbishment and extension, the hotel is
setting a new benchmark for business in the area as the largest hotel in Parramatta, boasting
286-rooms including 50 Premier Rooms, 40 Club Rooms, Club Lounge and a new state of the
art gymnasium. PARKROYAL Parramatta’s new Club Lounge offers business executives and
leisure travellers the same conveniences that similar venues in the Sydney CBD affords them.
Club guests will experience priority check-in and check-out, complimentary breakfast, drinks
and canapés, refreshments throughout the day and sweeping views of the Parramatta skyline.
Chef guided food tours on the
Sunshine Coast - all part of a
major rebranding strategy.
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