Home' micenet eMag : micenet February 2018 Contents spacious suites, three dining venues and a bar. More than 1100 square metres of meeting and
event space will be available, as well as an Executive Lounge. Leisure facilities will include a
fitness studio, resort-style swimming pool and a spa.
The Airports Council International recently awarded Darwin International Airport with the Asia-
Pacific Green Airports Platinum Award for its $13 million solar farm project. Comprising 15,000
solar panels spread over six hectares within the airport grounds, the panels can produce the
electricity equivalent of 1000 households. They meet the airport’s peak energy demands in the
middle of the day, contributing to 25 per cent of its overall energy needs. When completed, the
solar array will be the largest airport airside PhotoVoltaic (PV) system in the world.
In other airport news, Darwin International Airport is the first airport in Australia to establish and
operate its own business centre, which recently opened on the mezzanine floor of the international
arrivals area. Covering more than 1000 square metres, the $3 million Wirraway Business Centre
features 75-seat & 25-seat conference rooms with video conferencing capability.
On the water, the Precinct Tavern, located at the extensive Darwin Waterfront Precinct, has
developed a new state-of-the-art alfresco permanent deck on the lawns overlooking the
waterfront wave pool. The $750,000 alfresco covered deck, which opened early this year,
provides a new space for informal welcome, closing or casual dining functions for conferences
being staged at the nearby Darwin Convention Centre. The combined tavern and deck space
now offers capacity for cocktail-style events for up to 700 guests.
What’s new in Alice Springs
Lasseters Hotel in Alice Springs has been re-branded by the InterContinental Hotels Group
(IHG) as Crowne Plaza Alice Springs Lasseters. The $5 million refurbishment of the property is
due for completion in mid-March, with all 205 hotel guest rooms to be renovated and refreshed.
The hotel, which nestles beneath the spectacular MacDonnell Ranges, is located adjacent to
the 1200 seat Alice Springs Convention Centre and Lasseters Casino and also overlooks the
18-hole Alice Springs Golf Course, Australia’s only championship desert golf course.
The former Chifley Alice Springs Resort has re-branded as the Mercure Alice Springs Resort
and has officially joined the AccorHotels network. With the re-branding, the 139-room resort has
undergone a $2 million upgrade of its rooms
and facilities and has also launched a new al
fresco area known as Ilthe Akethe-Le. The
outdoor multi-purpose venue will be available
for conferences, events and performances
and in 2018, Indigenous workshops and
cultural sessions will be staged in this space.
For those who want to combine something
a little different in their event program, then
check out Parrtjima – A Festival in Light
which returns to celebrate Central Australian
Aboriginal art and culture from September 28
to October 7. The outdoor festival includes
performance, light and sound installations
with the MacDonnell Ranges as its backdrop.
What’s new in Uluru
Uluru Camel Tours, which operates the
largest camel farm in Australia with over 60
working camels available for escorted camel
rides, also offers a multi-purpose
entertainment venue, ideal for team-building
activities as well as al fresco dining. The
extensive paved terrace provides room for a
stage, dance-floor, bar and barbecue facilities
and now also boasts new lighting and audio-
visual facilities. The venue can cater for small
gatherings through to large events involving
hundreds of guests.
Features include an outback bar known as
“Old Toms Waterhole”, a saddlery and
blacksmith’s workshop, and also the ‘Staging
Post” area which houses a fully-restored
Cobb and Co stagecoach, wagon and
buggy, as well as a display of historic images
and artefacts. The Camel Farm also has a
permanent racetrack which is the location of
the annual Uluru Camel Cup which can also
be utilised for bespoke camel races for
conference and incentive groups.
In great news for groups, news just in is
that the Field of Light will be extended until
December 31, 2020. Expectation is that the
destination will continue to attract ongoing
attention from domestic and international
planners wishing to integrate this global
phenomenon into their conference and
incentive programs. And lastly, the award-
winning Sounds of Silence dinner operated
by Voyages will celebrate its 25th anniversary
in March. m
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Voyages Ayers Rock Resort is set to
celebrate the 25th anniversary of the
Sounds of Silence Dinner in March.
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