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Mice Net : February 2009
sydney & surrounds specifically designed for the purpose of providing businesses and the local community with accommodation, restaurants, bars and conference facilities, the hotel is described as the “jewel in the crown” of the Campbelltown Catholic Club Ltd. Visit www.thecube.net.au for further details. rooms are made with the business traveller in mind: oversized, they feature all of the modern amenities and technical wizardry today’s executives require and expect. Westin’s trademark Heavenly ® Bed is said to ease the day’s stresses away almost as soon as your head hits the pillow. Visit www.westin.com.au/sydney for further details. Sydney Harbour Marriott The Sydney Harbour Marriott Hotel at Circular Quay continues to be one of Sydney’s top choices for the corporate traveller and the meetings market, positioned in the lower end of the city near to the Opera House, and within walking distance of major venues, attractions and corporate head offices. It offers 550 guest rooms, meetings facilities – 20 rooms in total – a business centre and a number of dining options including Icons Brasserie which features fresh local seafood. A gym and day spa, and indoor swimming pool are said to help ease away the stresses of the day. Visit www. marriott.com.au for further details. Campbelltown Catholic Club Not all meetings and events are held in the heart of the Sydney central business district. Sydney Olympic Park and its excellent facilities is making a name for itself in providing alternative, high quality event spaces, particularly for greater Sydney business operators. South western Sydney appears to also be blessed with high quality facilities including the Campbelltown Catholic Club, The CUBE (Campbelltown Convention & Entertainment Centre), Aquafit Fitness and Leisure, and Rydges Campbelltown. The CUBE provides a premium regional venue for corporate events – everything from formal banquet dinners to awards presentations, cocktail parties, VIP functions, exhibitions, trade shows and product launches. With high 6-8 metre ceilings with extensive rigging, state-of-the-art audio-visual capabilities, and in-ground power for exhibition booths, the CUBE is complemented by additional facilities at the Campbelltown Catholic Club and Rydges Campbelltown. The stylish and contemporary Rydges Campbelltown is the only hotel accommodation in Campbelltown. With 116 rooms 122 mice.net Crowne Plaza Parramatta The western suburbs city of Parramatta has come a long way in recent times, now offering some excellent restaurants, bars, clubs, shopping and entertainment options. Its location in the geographic heart of greater Sydney is one of its greatest strengths and one reason why hoteliers regularly record high occupancy levels year- round. The Crowne Plaza Parramatta located in the centre of the city has 196 guest rooms and suites with all of the mod-cons one now expects in a hotel room. For the business traveller guest rooms have work desks, dual telephone lines, laptop connectivity, desk-height power points and internet-enabled televisions. For the meetings market, the Crowne Plaza Parramatta has eight conference rooms suitable for between five and 550 delegates. Redsalt Restaurant and the Heritage Bar ensure that delegates have plenty to eat and drink without leaving the hotel. For the health conscious the property also offers a swimming pool and complimentary leisure facilities. Visit www.crowneplaza.com.au for further details. MUST SEE & dO When the meetings are over for the day there are plenty of great things to do in and around Sydney. Here’s just a taste... The Rocks Opposite the Opera House and right below the southern end of the Harbour Bridge, The Rocks is a great place for a wander, a meal, a drink and, on the weekends, an exploration of The Rocks Markets which are full of unusual Australian hand-made goods and curios. This is a great place to find that out of the ordinary gift for a loved one back home, all just a short stroll away from the majority of Sydney’s top-quality hotels. See pages 106-8 in this edition of mice. net magazine for more information, and visit www.therocks.com for details on upcoming events. QVB Sydneysiders love to shop, and the Queen Victoria Building located on George and Pitt Streets (opposite the Hilton Sydney), is one of their favourite places to do so. The QVB houses men’s and ladies’ fashion, gifts and souvenirs, arts and antiques, restaurants and cafes. If you have the time you could spend an entire day wandering the floors of the QVB (as many people apparently do). It is open to 6pm from Monday to Wednesday, 9pm on Thursday, 6pm on Saturday and 5pm on Sunday. Visit www.qvb.com.au for further details. Harbour Jet When you really want to dust those cobwebs away you can’t go past a spin on Sydney’s stunning harbour onboard Harbour Jet –