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Mice Net : February 2009
venue update drEam thEmEs at daydrEam Located in the tropical Whitsundays and surrounded by the sparkling waters of the Great Barrier Reef, Daydream Island offers a special and very unique experience. Conference and incentives sales manager Ella Jones said Daydream Island Resort and Spa offers a more intimate conference experience than many other islands. “Daydream Island’s smaller size means attendees can still socialise with each other in the evening, while increasing their networking and team-building opportunities. Guests don’t tend to get ‘lost’ as often happens with larger conferencing locations. We like to create a friendly, fun atmosphere for our guests and the beautiful island location makes guests feel like they are on a relaxing holiday,” she said. Daydream Island’s conference team can help organise events for up to 150 delegates, whether it is casual, formal, sophisticated, stylish or fancy-dress. Up to 300 people can be catered for when partners are included in social activities. Special themed dinners include the Pirates of the Whitsundays dinner in the Fishbowl Tavern, complete with costumes, treasure maps, and skull and cross bone flags; or the Starry Starry Night dinner at Lovers Cove, with hanging lanterns, tea lights on the beach and star decorations. There are more than 70 different types of team building, group or individual activities available at Daydream Island Resort and Spa, including a Great Barrier Reef Cruise, reef fishing, a mini Olympics, scavenger hunt, mini golf tournament, or a crocodile safari. A free educational of Daydream Island Resort and Spa is offered to conference organisers interested in the island as a venue. The package includes two nights of accommodation, transfers, a peronalised tour of the island, a round of mini golf, a 30-minute Hydrobliss treatment at the award-winning Rejuvenation Spa and a bottle of Australian sparkling wine and chocolates on arrival in your room. Conference organisers will also have the chance to win their own stylish and zippy SYM Retro 50 cc Moped worth more than $3300. All conference organisers who book a conference before June 30, 2009, for two nights or more with a minimum of 10 rooms automatically go into the draw. As part of the promotion all bookings must be confirmed, deposited and fall within the nominated validity dates in 2009. For details visit www.daydreamisland.com/scootercompetition. GCCEC’s $40 million ExtEnsion opEns The Gold Coast Convention and Exhibition Centre’s $40 million extension was on show during The Financial Planners Association Good Advice Gala Dinner on November 20 last year. The evening provided the perfect preliminary to the greatly anticipated official opening set down for early in 2009. The centre has added two halls, a registration office, three meeting rooms and three kitchens. This means the GCCEC now boasts a total of four halls, four registration offices, 18 meeting rooms, 12 kitchens and a total ground floor exhibition capacity of 10,000 square metres. According to GCCEC general manager, Adrienne Readings, the centre has virtually tripled the region’s capacity to handle large conferences, incentives, exhibitions and special events. The Queensland Government commenced construction proceedings as a result of the increasing demand on the Gold Coast for larger space and concurrent sessions during national and international conventions and incentives. The GCCEC also recently introduced cutting-edge, wireless broadband technology, which is the largest and fastest network in place in any convention centre in Australia. This month (February 2009) the GCCEC hosts the Australian Motorcycle Expo - its first official major exhibition to utilise the new space. Cairns GEts on thE pullman ‘ExprEss’ Accor recently announced that it has launched its second Pullman hotel in Australia with the re-branding of the hotel at the Reef Casino complex to the Pullman Reef Hotel Casino. Pullman is Accor’s new five-star brand of Accor. It follows the debut of the brand in Australia in September, when Pullman Sydney Olympic Park opened. The Pullman brand is expected to grow to 300 hotels globally by 2015, with the largest growth being in the Asia Pacific region. Pullman is one of the great names in hospitality, best known for its association with the luxurious railway carriages that changed the face of overnight accommodation and dining on trains in America, the UK and Europe in the 19th and 20th centuries. Pullman carriages still operate on the Orient Express in Europe. Accor acquired the brand name in the early 1990s as part of its purchase of the Compagnie Internationale des Wagons-Lits. raCV a winnEr with Gold Coast Expansion The Royal Automobile Club of Victoria, (RACV) has made its first inroads interstate with the purchase of the iconic Royal Pines Resort located on the Gold Coast. Not only does RACV offer its 1.9 million members car insurance, home insurance, roadside assistance, and finance, it also provides an extensive range of travel and tourism services, and now owns and operates an impressive portfolio of seven resorts and member clubs in Australia. RACV Royal Pines Resort has joined Victorian resorts Cobram, Cape Schanck, Inverloch and Torquay (planned), along with the City Club and Healesville Country Club, and will contribute to RACV’s success as the largest owner operator of golf courses in Australia. RACV’s managing director and CEO, Colin Jordan, recently announced a number of expansion plans designed to build on the resort’s position as a premier event and leisure destination. “All rooms in the resort were recently fully refurbished. We plan to build on those improvements and fully review and upgrade all other facilities in the resort, making this a fantastic conference and exhibition centre, as well as making it a family-friendly holiday destination.” 202 mice.net