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Mice Net : December 2008
a glamorous Sydney ShowcaSe Corporate & SpeCial events, a division of tour Hosts, pulled out all the stops for a stunning dinner on Sydney’s waterfront. T hat quintessential glamorous Sydney lifestyle: waterfront dining, the famous Rocks Markets, tall ships, cocktail parties and fireworks over the Opera House were showcased in one fabulous evening at Sydney’s biggest international congress dinner event this year. The dinner of the XXII International Congress of The Transplantation Society attracted nearly 4000 international delegates on a brilliant and clear August evening in an event crowned by many as Sydney’s business event of 2008. The event brief was to provide an “unforgettable unique event that showcased Sydney in all its glory”. Eighteen months in the planning, CSE took care of every detail - taking over 6000 square metres of The Rocks precinct, organising more than 30 event suppliers, hundreds of staff and 10,000 plates to immerse delegates in a smorgasbord of exclusive Sydney experiences. Guests could mingle and dance the night away in the Arrivals Hall at the Overseas Passenger Terminal, dine on specially created menus at the Restaurants of the Rocks, tour the James Craig Tall Ship, and shop using their ‘Congress Money’ at the specially-created Rocks Markets. The event was punctuated by a congress fireworks show designed and executed by Foti Fireworks a few hundred metres from where guests dined. The Rocks Market Stall concept bound the event together and gave it the energy and pizzazz needed. It was vital that all the items on offer were truly Australian and of an excellent quality. The markets were a major hit with delegates with some even opting to shop and then enjoy the cocktail party rather than being seated for dinner. Delegates loved the “congress money” chips to spend on food or market shopping and were still there long after the midnight closing time wrapped up. At the Arrivals Hall of the OPT, very special premium NSW wines, coordinated with the Department of State and Regional Development, were available for tasting. Guests could then order wines to be delivered to their homes internationally. The catering was designed to flow with the guest experience. Fresh Catering provided light and then substantial canapés followed by dessert canapés and topped off with Australian cheese trolleys led through the venue by knowledgeable wait staff. Providing a five-star ‘extraordinary’ dining experience to more than 4000 international guests in one place at the same time was always going to be a challenge. If the ordinary was for all guests to dine on the same menu in the same venue, this event was truly extraordinary with a myriad of different menus and wines between the cocktail party at OPT and the four different Restaurants at the Rocks. By having the guests moving through different venues and different menus it was possible to offer them very special and memorable catering experiences. Contact www.tourhosts.com.au for further details. 20 mice.net supplement 2009