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Mice Net : February 2009
wollongong southern exposure Wollongong is fast becoming one of new south Wales’ southern hotspots for the meetings market. one hour from Sydney, domestic and international airports, and two- and-a-half hours from Canberra. The city itself has the sophistication of a large city, yet the charm and welcome of a small country town. The fabulous coastal routes dotted with crystal clear coves boast some of the world’s most beautiful golden sand beaches which stretch for many kilometres. Not only can visitors to the region enjoy the stunning waterways but World Heritage national parks and rainforests which make up the stunning Illawarra escarpment. An array of experience, facilities, services and accommodation options are available so you can rest assured that your next conference or event will be a huge success. Wollongong still remains a secret to many, however the word is spreading! Wollongong has come of age and emerged as an exciting destination for conferences and events. This change is the result of new and exciting hotels, facilities and services constantly being added to the CBD and surrounding areas. Meetings delegates can enjoy the world-class facilities at the WIN Sports & Entertainment Centres located within the CBD and next to City Beach, or conference overlooking the famous North Wollongong beach at the Novotel Wollongong Northbeach. The Wollongong region has more than 1800 accommodation rooms and venues for between six and 6000 conference delegates for conferencing, and facilities up to 20,000 for sporting events. Meeting planners can choose from one of many national or international brand hotels or apartments, boutique hotels or modest accommodation options. In terms of activities “beyond the ballroom”, Wollongong has a huge variety of options. Visitors may like to take a Harley Davidson ride along Grand Pacific Drive and Seacliff Bridge, skydive onto the beach, enjoy a surf lesson at one of the region’s 23 beaches, N 132 mice.net ew South Wales’ third largest city, just 80 kilometres south of Sydney, Wollongong, is within easy reach of the Sydney CBD. In fact, the heart of the Wollongong CBD is just over sample local award-winning wines, enjoy breathtaking views from the Illawarra Fly Treetop walk nestled on the Illawarra escarpment, or enjoy a day at New South Wales’ largest fun park, Jamberoo Action Park. For those with plenty of ideas but no idea where to start, Wollongong Conference and Events can save you time when searching for your next conference, exhibition or sporting destination. Wollongong Conference and Events is an established organisation formed to promote Wollongong as a conference, meeting, exhibition and sporting destination. The organisation assists in developing and securing conferences and events for the region, and provides a complimentary service that helps meeting and event planners get the best out of their coastal destination. All it takes is one telephone call or email to advise them of your requirements and they will do all of the ground work for you! They can assist with: - Co-ordination of quotes for venues, accommodation and local service providers - Co-ordination and hosting of tailor-made familiarisations of the Illawarra region - Bid preparation assistance and marketing collateral - Destination and venue knowledge - Promotional collateral for welcome kits and/or satchels - Liaising with Illawarra and Wollongong business representatives A closer look Wollongong and the surrounding region has some fantastic venues and facilities to hold events. The largest facility is WIN Sports & Entertainment Centres. Designed as a multi-purpose facility which hosts a variety of concerts, conventions, exhibitions seminars, gala dinners and outdoor and indoor sporting events, providing staging, catering, organisational support and facilities of world-class standard, this venue is well- ABOVE: The iconic lighthouse at Belmore Basin, Wollongong.