Home' micenet eMag : micenet February 2018 Contents maximum of A$50,000 per event. Key criteria note that eligible events should align with NT
priority industry strengths, which include the health, agribusiness, land management, mining,
renewable energy, education and defence sectors. There is also a requirement that the majority
of event attendees travel to the NT from interstate and beyond.
In line with the NT government’s “Buy Local” policy, funding support will be steered towards
those elements which require involvement from local NT businesses.
“This may range from the appointment of a local PCO or DMC through to covering costs for a
local keynote speaker, a welcome function, gala dinner or perhaps a technical touring
component in any of our key business event destinations which include Darwin, Alice Springs
and Uluru,” Mr Hopper said.
Recent aviation announcements are expected to open up the NT to significant international
business event growth opportunities in 2018. Donghai Airlines from Shenzhen in China has stated
its intention to commence direct non-stop flights between Shenzen and Darwin in the first half of
2018. Shenzhen is one of the largest cities in China and, as part of the Pearl River Delta region,
provides access to a population of more than 120 million people. The region is known as China’s
‘Silicon Valley’ and is where many high-tech manufacturing companies are based.
In another sign of exciting times ahead, the NT Convention Bureau will host one of its largest
groups of industry partners at AIME in February. The 18 product and supplier participants on the
NT Stand #1550 represent the entire Territory from Darwin, Kakadu and Alice Springs to Uluru.
Their presence sends a powerful message that the NT is a business events destination to be
reckoned with in 2018. The NT will join in the networking hour at AIME on the Tuesday evening,
with legendary Territory hospitality featuring special NT-inspired canapes as well as beverages.
What’s new in Darwin
Marriott International will open a new Westin property in Darwin in 2020. The luxury hotel will
offer easy access to the nearby Darwin Convention Centre and waterfront precinct, with
extensive water and city views. The property will comprise 240 guest rooms including 14
NORTHERN TERRITORY | BRAD FOSTER
he Northern Territory heads into
2018 with a range of positive new
initiatives setting the scene for
another successful year. Latest
news from the NT tells of new and freshly
refurbished NT products, new international
aviation services and the launch of funding
support for qualified events.
Acting deputy CEO of the NT
Government’s Department of Tourism and
Culture which oversees the NT Convention
Bureau (NTCB), Andrew Hopper, talks of a
positive year ahead for the NT.
“The recent return of iconic brands to the
NT such as IHG and in 2020, Westin, indicates
the big industry operators have identified the
potential represented by the NT,” he said.
“This is partly due to its strategic location in
the Asian region as well as the industry and
business strengths of Northern Australia.”
Mr Hopper said the recent launch of the
Northern Territory Business Events Support
Fund (NTBESF), which is being administered
through the NT Convention Bureau, is a
game-changer for the sector, aiming to assist
the NT business events industry to compete
even more aggressively with rival destinations.
Organisations can apply for financial
assistance of A$100 per delegate up to a
THE BIG EASY
With a raft of venue upgrades, new air services, and the
launch of funding support for qualified events, holding
meetings and incentives in the NT has never been so simple.
The NT is a leader in the health,
agribusiness, land management,
mining, renewable energy,
education and defence sectors.
Connect with expert speakers,
experience off-site technical
tours and attract local NT
For conferences and incentives,
the NT has “wow factor” with
spectacular landscapes, venues,
activities and experiences which
ensure not only long-lasting
memories but also delivers
successful business outcomes
for your event.
Allow our ancient Indigenous
culture to complement your
program through story-
telling, art, activities and
interact, learn and consider
the option to leave a lasting
centres, hotels and resorts,
luxury wilderness lodges,
corporate retreats and
extraordinary off-site venues
– the NT has it all across our
three key destinations of
Darwin, Alice Springs and Uluru.
WE LOOK FORWARD TO SEEING YOU AT AIME 2018
20-21 FEBRUARY - MELBOURNE
Connect with business events suppliers from
the Northern Territory at stand #1550
Aerial view of Alice Springs Convention Centre
& Crowne Plaza Alice Springs Lasseters
Drum Atweme , Alice Springs
SEIT Outback Australia -
Uluru Fork & View
Crocosaurus Cove, Darwin
Darwin Harbour Cruises
Darwin Waterfront & Darwin Convention Centre
THINK UNCONVENTIONALLY, THINK NT
Tel: 1800 656 209
Voyages Ayers Rock Resort
Maruku Arts, Uluru
The Uluru Camel Farm terrace
provides a perfect venue for
groups under the stars.
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