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Mice Net : October 2008
tourism australia be inspired in australia With more than $3.7 billion worth of new infrastructure, australia offers an ideal destination to inspire and reward conference and incentive delegates. A ustralia’s business events sector is set for a major boost as billions of dollars worth of key infrastructure comes to market over the next year. In addition to new products tailored to a wide range of premium incentives and unique corporate meetings, Australia will offer competitive, cutting-edge association conferences and conventions supported by the latest technology, groundbreaking ‘green’ architectural design and event delivery. Until recently, Australia’s business events sector has been one of the tourism industry’s quiet achievers. Then Business Events Australia released details of the new infrastructure in the sector. “The competitive spirit and the potential of the sector is reflected in these record levels of investment, but equally important is the range and quality of new infrastructure,” says head of Business Events Australia, Joyce DiMascio. “From the conference market to corporate meetings and incentives, Australia is a leading destination for domestic and international business events.” World-class conference & exhibition facilities With the opening of Darwin’s new 1500-seat convention centre in June 2008, every major mainland city in Australia now offers world- class conference and exhibition facilities. Located on Darwin Harbour close to the CBD, the $115 million convention centre features highly flexible and adaptive spaces, with 4000 square metres dedicated to exhibitions, a 1500-seat plenary hall and waterfront function rooms. It has become the centerpiece 26 mice.net of Darwin’s 25-hectare lifestyle precinct, featuring a range of hotels, al fresco restaurants and shopping. “The convention centre will be a catalyst for new development in Darwin,” Ms DiMascio said. “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 for Victoria is the completion of 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 and enormous economic impact to Melbourne. “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 knowhow to host the most demanding of major national and international conference and exhibitions.” Unique Incentives Increasingly, 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