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Mice Asia Net : January 2009
queensland sunshiny Areas in Queensland well-suited and experienced in the MICE industry include: Brisbane, the Gold Coast, the Sunshine Coast, the Whitsundays and Tropical North Queensland – particularly, Cairns, Port Douglas, Palm Cove and Townsville. These destinations not only have some of the best convention facilities in Australia, but experienced practitioners who understand the high-level of expertise required to produce successful events. Below is a snapshot of some new and improved facilities and offerings from throughout Queensland: Brisbane Convention and Exhibition Centre: Undergoing a AU$130 million expansion due for completion in mid-2010. The new design incorporates five levels of boutique convention and event space, three new stand-alone plenary halls covering meetings from 400 to 8000 delegates, two ballrooms, three speaker presentation centres, and six executive boardrooms. Gold Coast Convention and Exhibition Centre: Completed its AU$40 million extension in November 2008. This extension includes two additional halls that provide a total exhibition capacity of 10,000 square metres hosting up to 580 exhibition booths. The 3000 square metre extension provides more space to cater for larger events for up to 6000 delegates. Hilton Surfers Paradise Hotel and Residences, Gold Coast: In November 2007 plans were unveiled for the AU$700 million development of the dual-tower Hilton Surfers Paradise Hotel and Residences. Upon completion the development will house 170 luxury hotel rooms and 340 premier apartments. The first stage will be the 32-storey Boulevard Tower, due for completion in late 2009. Outrigger Viridian Resort and Spa, Sunshine Coast: Currently under construction, the AU$300 million Viridian Resort & Spa will open in late 2009. The 192-unit property will be bordered by the Noosa National Park and overlook the Laguna Bay and Hastings Street precinct. It will feature 11 buildings centred around the largest conference facilities in the region that can host up to 500 delegates. Quay West Resort Noosa, Sunshine Coast: To be completed in September 2009, the AU$210 million residential resort will include free-standing apartments, homes and luxury villas. The five-star resort day C 62 miceAsia.net ollectively, Queensland comes out on top in the convention and incentive travel market in Australia, with its unique destinations offering so much variety for events with a difference. also offers a 200 delegate conference centre and a boardroom. The Sebel Harbour Lights, Cairns: A newly-built AU$170 million Mirvac property, the Sebel Harbour Lights is situated on Cairns’ waterfront with views over Trinity Inlet and the marina. It offers 114 fully self-contained apartments and meeting space for 80 delegates. qualia, Hamilton Island: Opened in 2007, this AU$98 million resort is situated on the secluded northern tip of Hamilton Island, featuring 60 one-bedroom pavilions. Delegates can access Spa qualia, a state-of-the-art gym and yoga centre, pools and restaurants. Hamilton Island, Whitsundays: The island is undergoing a AU$200 million transformation with a commitment to create the most desirable island destination in the South Pacific. Hamilton Island Golf Course will open in early 2009 as Australia’s only 18-hole island golf course. The Peter Thompson designed course will offer 360-degree views of the spectacular Whitsundays. The Hamilton Island Yacht Club will open in early 2009 and feature conference and function facilities. Hartley’s Crocodile Adventures, Cairns: In May 2008 a new development was opened at Hartley’s Crocodile Adventures, The Gondwana Gateway and Grill. The Gondwana Gateway is a new wildlife experience occupying more than three hectares of World Heritage land. The entire attraction has been specifically designed for the meetings and events market. Gold Coast Airport: The AU$1 million redevelopment of the Gold Coast Airport has recently commenced and is scheduled to be completed by March 2010. The project will double the size of the existing facility to almost 27,000 square metres. Brisbane Airport: In 2006, the Brisbane Airport Corporation commenced an AU$340 million expansion of the Brisbane International Terminal which was due for full completion by the end of 2008. The expansion will make it one of only 60 airports in the world able to accommodate new generation aircraft. Cairns Domestic Terminal: The AU$200 million Cairns Domestic Terminal redevelopment has begun. In addition to increased capacity, this new gateway to Cairns and the Great Barrier Reef region will offer exceptional security, passenger handling technology, five modern aerobridges catering for new aircraft types and improved aircraft access. ABOVE: qualia is a 60-room luxury property which opened on Hamilton Island in 2007.