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Mice Net : December 2008
townsville turning to Located less than three hours flight from Sydney, Melbourne and Brisbane, Townsville is an economical and convenient conferencing destination. With regular flights and weekly seat availability of 17,000 you won’t struggle with getting large groups to this north Queensland paradise. For accommodation there’s a range of options to suit groups of all sizes. And, thanks to some renovations and re-launches, many properties have never looked better. Townsville is an attractive option for event planners who want to combine conference sessions with activities in the great outdoors. With around 300 days of sunshine each year it makes sense to want to leave the meeting room behind for reef, rainforest or outback tours. What’s more, there is an array of off-site venues available. With so much to experience in Townsville it’s little wonder the destination is a family-friendly meetings choice. Kids can be kept busy with day trips to surrounding islands, the Great Barrier Reef, wildlife experiences and plenty more. If you haven’t ventured to Townsville for a while, taking a trip north I townsville STORy By Johanna Mc Kinnon Get your teeth into somethinG tropical and try townsville for your next event. f you’re looking for a destination that has a tropical backdrop and quality venues, and don’t want to break the bank, look no further than Townsville. is bound to be a new experience with the region growing markedly over the last 12 months. Townsville is now home to a range of new properties including the Grand Mercure Apartments, Oaks Gateway on Palmer and Image by Oaks. Townsville’s CBD is expected to be transformed after a multi-million dollar make-over that will revamp Flinders Street (expected to be completed at the end of 2010). The area will feature two-way traffic, nine metre wide footpaths, improved public transport and a waterfront plaza between Victoria Bridge and Flinders Mall. The council is also looking at building a new pedestrian bridge that will connect Wickham Street and Flinders Street. First contact The Townsville Enterprise Convention Bureau should be the first point of contact for event planners looking to host events in this part of Queensland. The experienced team will be able to give you an expert opinion about organising every aspect of your event in this region. For more information about venues, post-touring options and accommodation go to www.townsvilleonline.com.au. ABOVE: Ross Creek at twilight, Townsville. Photo courtesy of Chris McLennan. Tourism Queensland. mice.net 79