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Mice Net : February 2009
e-awards 2007 We profile the last e-award winners and runners’ up for 2007, this time in the Corporate Event of the Year category. Corporate Event of the Year – runner up Off-site Connections – Qantas Platinum Club Event “1920s in the Outback”. The Qantas Founders Outback Museum took delegates back in time to the 1920’s. 78 mice.net 78 mice.net The Qantas Airways Platinum Club Event is an annual function to reward and recognise owners and managers of the highest yielding travel agents throughout Australia. Each year the event needs to deliver bigger and better than the previous one and to take guests to a location they are yet to experience. Off-site Connections (OSC) was briefed with these objectives and chose Longreach as the 2007 destination. A Qantas Platinum Club event is designed as a premium experience for all guests from the moment they start the journey to the moment they arrive home. The journey to Longreach saw 170 delegates board charter flights from each capital city, where they enjoyed a lavish treatment including first-class cuisine. On arrival in the outback, OSC had created a five-star service with an exclusive hospitality desk located on the lawns of the airport providing guests with refreshments. Delegates were offered premium chilled bottled water and chocolates, individual Qantas Platinum Club branded hospitality bags that were stocked full of essentials like sunscreen, insect repellent, face mister and a Longreach information pack and branded cap. OSC worked tirelessly to enhance the five top hotels in Longreach which included adding individual premium room gifts such as designer bathroom products and plush white Sheridan towels to each guest room. Guests were hosted by Qantas with pre-arranged tours of the Qantas Founders Outback Museum, which included behind the scenes tours of the 707 and 747. The delegates also had the opportunity to explore the Stockman Hall Of Fame. All guests were transported with luxury coaches that were brought in from the Gold Coast, and the vehicles worked as continuous shuttles around the town for hotel drop-offs and pick-ups. The Qantas Founders Outback Museum was the chosen venue for the gala event where the night started with pre-dinner drinks under the wings of the 707 and 747. After some refreshments the group were invited to dinner by 12 Qantas hosts dressed in an array of host and hostess uniforms from the past 80 years. A mass of elegant tables awaited the guests, which were decorated with crisp black linen, hand-embroidered red table runners and elegantly etched red glasses. All of the table decorations had been shipped to Longreach from Sydney. Guests enjoyed a three- course alternative menu made by an executive chef and sous chef who were flown in from Brisbane. Guests were entertained by Mask, the internationally renowned string trio, a featured act by the acclaimed Three Waiters and a finale from Sydney DJ Eon Beats. Following an award ceremony led by MC Richard Wilkins, a line of wait staff made their way through the tables carrying platters of delicately made desserts. The hangar doors opened to reveal a DC3 aircraft positioned on the lawn lit with a myriad of lights. Beneath the aircraft were elegant leather lounges and ottomans which created a chill-out zone for guests to enjoy dessert.