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Mice Net : October 2008
pacific island events Latest and Greatest New Caledonia was recently acknowledged as a world heritage listed site by the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO). The world heritage list includes Australia’s own Great Barrier Reef, as well as 878 properties internationally. Making the list is considered as having outstanding universal value. The categories include cultural, natural and mixed properties. The listing of New Caledonia has marked the 33rd French-governed site to make the list and the second purely natural world heritage site after the Gulf of Porto in Corsica, France. General manager for New Caledonia Tourism in Australia, Diane Moynihan said she is delighted that such an esteemed organisation such as UNESCO has recognised and protected this unique destination. “Of the 900 varieties of coral in the world, 300 are unique to New Caledonia. UNESCO has taken an important step in making sure we keep the natural wonders of New Caledonia in their true condition,” she said. The now-protected reef extends over 23,000 square kilometres and UNESCO has recognised 15,000 square kilometres. This reef is ideal for amateur divers to explore, with many of the best dive sites all under 20 metres in dive depth. For more information about accommodation options, activities and packages for New Caledonia go to www.newcaledonia.com.au. TOP: Amedee Lighthouse, New Caledonia. ABOVE: New Caledonia is a special territory of the Republic of France. Photos courtesy of New Caledonia Tourism. Be first to go somewhere NEW Now you can be one of the first groups to explore the world’s newest World Heritage site … New Caledonia. The world’s largest lagoon and second largest coral reef have now been placed on the World Heritage List. A unique blend of French and Melanesian cultures and a gourmet paradise, with one of the region’s largest choices of quality hotels and meeting facilities. And while New Caledonia is out of this world, it’s not out of the way - only 2 hours from Brisbane and 2.5 hours from Sydney. For a copy of our MICE Planner, or for more information, call 1800 673 745 or visit our www.newcaledonia.com.au Become a PCO Specialist, visit: www.newcaledonia.com.au/mice 118 mice.net