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Mice Asia Net : October 2008
australia Stylish accommodation for business events Hand-in-hand with the boost in conference facilities and unique incentive products comes a range of new quality accommodation. “Increasingly, operators are drawing upon strong Australian themes in new venues and accommodation,” said Joyce DiMascio. “It comes from the warmth and authenticity of our people, our unique landscape. Australia is offering fresh ideas, not complacency.” For the latest in eco-chic, try Kangaroo Island’s Southern Ocean Lodge. Featuring a resident naturalist, 25 new luxury suites and spa with coastal views, the lodge is fast becoming a South Australian icon for international business groups. In Melbourne, stand by for Hilton South Wharf within the new Melbourne Convention & Exhibition Centre precinct, offering 364 rooms and set for opening in early 2009. The Crowne Plaza Darwin is also undergoing a major refurbishment to offer enhanced deluxe accommodation and superb business facilities for conferences and corporate meetings. In line with the doubling of capacity at the Gold Coast Convention & Exhibition Centre, Hilton Surfers Paradise has unveiled plans for a further 170 luxury hotel rooms in its 57-storey Orchid Tower. The Rydges Sabaya Resort in Port Douglas reopened in early 2008 after a full redevelopment, while Cairns is aiming to please 48 miceAsia.net the C&I crowd with multi-million dollar refurbishments underway at the Cairns Colonial Club, Cairns International Hotel and the Grand Mercure and Novotel in Cairns. Further down the Queensland coast, Hamilton Island’s luxury resort, qualia, has been designed as a uniquely Australian retreat to stimulate the senses. It offers 60 freestanding, one-bedroom pavilions and is an ideal venue for corporate retreats. Catering for unique and fascinating incentive experiences in the Red Centre, Voyages opened the Ayers Rock Resort Spa in April, situated in the Sails in the Desert Hotel. Or half an hour’s flight from Darwin, the Dugong Beach Resort sits on 25 hectares of pristine coastland on the Gulf of Carpentaria, offering business suites and conference facilities alongside bungalows. With record levels of investment coming to market, now more than ever our cities and unique landscapes offer the infrastructure, the technological prowess and exciting new experiences to ensure premium business events. It’s a chance to look at Australia with fresh eyes. LEFT: qualia, Hamilton Island. RIGHT: Rydges Sabaya Resort in Port Douglas. INSET: Southern Ocean Lodge on the stunning Kangaroo Island.