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Mice Asia Net : October 2008
australia Darwin,” said Vean Chan, Tourism Australia’s business tourism manager for Asia. “It has already attracted 38 conventions and 20,000 delegates over the next three years and is the impetus for investment in wonderful new accommodation and hospitality.” Much anticipated in Victoria is the ‘Six-Star Green Star’ Melbourne Convention and Exhibition Centre, due to open in 2009. The new 5000 seat venue will be among the world’s most environmentally friendly centres, situated at the heart of Australia’s largest combined convention and exhibition precinct. Eighteen events are already confirmed, bringing 44,000 delegates to enjoy Melbourne’s diverse hospitality and unique shopping, including Australian labels Akira Isogawa, Colette Dinnigan and more. When you also factor in the major expansions underway to the convention centres in Brisbane and the Gold Coast and the refurbishments of Alice Springs and the National Convention Centre in Canberra, Australia has the capacity and the know-how to host the most demanding of major national and international conference and exhibitions. Unique incentives Around the world, companies are harnessing the power of their most important resource: their people. Whether the aim is to refresh, reward or reignite the imagination of teams, incentives in Australia deliver. In addition to World Heritage-listed sites and natural settings, the chance to ‘meet the winemaker’ in Australia offers truly unique team-building opportunities. “With our track record for creative business events, it’s easy to create maximum impact in Australia,” said Joyce DiMascio, Head of Business Events Australia. Gather a team at ‘Q’, the former Quarantine Station near Manly Beach. Dramatically located on Sydney Harbour’s North Head, Q offers 75 accommodation rooms, seven conference facilities and the Boilerhouse Restaurant. Soon to open is Melbourne’s ‘big wheel’, the Southern Star Observation Wheel in the heart of the CBD. Lift the spirits of a team of 20 high above the city sights on a 30 minute ride in high-tech glass capsules. And then there’s Whitsunday cruises with MV Fantasea Ammari, ‘Piners & Miners’ 4WD journeys through the Tasmanian wilderness and the Heritage-listed Seashells Caves House Hotel on Western Australia’s Margaret River for management retreats with magnificent wine experiences. OPPOSITE: All systems go at the brand new Darwin Convention Centre. ABOVE: Piners & Miners 4WD tour in Tasmania. Photo courtesy of Tourism Tasmania. INSET:MV Fantasea Ammari - a great way to experience The Great Barrier Reef. miceAsia.net 47