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Mice Net : October 2008
pacific island events enticing island events story By Johanna Mc Kinnon Who can resist a tropical island? an you hear the waves crashing? Can you see your event set up on the beach? Or how about conferencing with a tropical oasis as your backdrop? Well if you can see it, you better start believing because it’s actually possible. The beautiful tropical oases of the likes of Fiji and New Caledonia are waiting to make your island event a reality, so stop putting it off and start telling everyone because it won’t take them long to be persuaded. A short flight from the east coast of Australia, the South Pacific’s Fiji is already a popular business events destination, which offers an attractive array of conference packages and team-building activities. And, if an incentive is more what you are looking for, Fiji is bountiful in luxury resorts, spas and natural attractions. Fiji is easily accessible with frequent flights onboard Air Pacific, Air New Zealand, Korean Air, Pacific Blue and Qantas. In this destination it is possible to organise a meeting on a remote island just for your group, or charter a yacht for a conference and host breakout sessions on one of Fiji’s deserted isles. As a post-conferencing option, why not make the most of the region’s attractions and include a hike through lush tropical rainforests, visit a Fijian village for some cultural tradition, and go diving in spectacular clear blue waters. For more information about the options available check out the Fiji C Visitor’s Bureau website at www.BulaFiji.com. New Caledonia is another island gem, but with a French twist. This tropical paradise offers a range of quality conferencing and accommodation options and is located just two-and-a-half hours from Sydney. There are regular flights with Qantas and Air New Zealand to Nouméa’s Tontouta International Airport, which is 50 minutes from the city. New Caledonia is a special territory of the Republic of France, is part of the European Union and French is the official language, although most resort and hotel staff speak English. Its capital, Nouméa, is a hub of activity, and an excellent base to explore the island. With 19 hotels in the area including a handful of five star resorts, there is sure to be more than enough room for your group. If you want to explore around the island be sure to visit the Isle of Pines. Located eight kilometres from Nouméa, the Isle of Pines is 14 kilometres wide and 18 kilometres long. There is a range of ways to visit including glass bottom boat, canoe and yacht. For more information about what New Caledonia can offer your group have a look at the New Caledonia Tourism website, www. newcaledonia.com.au. TOP: Sunset in beautiful New Caledonia. ABOVE: Anse Vata Beach. Photos courtesy of New Caledonia Tourism. mice.net 117