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Mice Net : October 2008
venue update New locatioN for flames of the forest After opening in 2003, Flames of the Forest has achieved much acclaim, establishing itself as one of Tropical North Queensland’s most spectacular dining experiences. And now, in response to its success, Flames of the Forest is on the move to a new and bigger rainforest location just down the road! Flames of the Forest’s new venue was unveiled to a select guest list of Tropical North Queensland’s tourism and events industry in August with guests liking what they saw (and experienced). Flames of the Forest is the inspiration of Amelia and Nick Hannaford of Hannaford’s Events. Amelia says Flames’ new rainforest venue is even more spectacular than the previous one and with the new infrastructure on-site enables their team to accommodate groups of up to 900 guests for full sit-down events. Flames of the Forest is open to the public three nights a week presenting an evening set amid hundreds of candles and flames featuring a traditional and authentic Aboriginal performance with story telling, music and song from local brothers who spent their childhoods in the valley. Visit www.flamesoftheforest.com.au for further details. the meritus touch Renowned for its unique brand of authentic Asian hospitality, Meritus Hotels & Resorts promises its guests a hospitality experience of its trademark Asian grace, warmth and care at any of its hotels and resorts. Strategically located in the heart of some of the world’s most vibrant cities and idyllic hideaways, Meritus’ hotels and resorts are the ideal location for any business function or retreat. Whether it is meetings, incentives, conventions or exhibitions, Meritus is committed to the success of your event with its state-of-art business facilities. With meeting packages exclusively tailored to meet your every business need and your own dedicated meetings specialist offering personalised assistance and advice, next business day response time to your proposal, you will certainly see why doing business is easier with Meetings at Meritus. For details visit www.meritus-hotels.com. ha loNg Bay gets first iNterNatioNal hotel Vietnam’s world-renowned resort destination, Ha Long Bay, entered a new tourism era when Accor opened the Novotel Ha Long Bay on October 1, 2008. Ha Long Bay, a UNESCO-listed World Heritage area, is 165 km from Hanoi in the Gulf of Tonkin and is one of the world’s most spectacular destinations. The area offers a series of more than 3000 islands with beaches and grottos. There are hundreds of caves set into the limestone rocks. The rocks (more like small mountains) rise straight out of the ocean, with some over 500 metres. Two special launch offers are available and valid until December 31, 2008. Opening rates start from US$110++ per room per night, inclusive of buffet breakfast. A Stay & Cruise package that includes a four hour cruise on the bay is available from just US$145++ for two, also including breakfast. Both packages include a complimentary in-room drink so that guests can make the most of the spectacular views from their private balcony. The Novotel overlooks Ha Long Bay and offers stunning views from rooms and public areas. The 214-room hotel features an outdoor swimming pool overlooking the bay, a spa with an extensive menu of treatments to suit all needs, a fully equipped fitness centre, and conference facilities capable of hosting up to 300 delegates, supported by the latest in audio and visual equipment. Visit www.novotel.com/asia for further details. 130 mice.net