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Mice Net : June 2009
news at novotel team effort As compAnies look to bolster team motivation, re-strategise and rouse new client confidence, the novotel network is inspiring new ways to meet with a fresh range of collaborative concepts to help reconnect in a bold new business environment. rom beautiful beaches and vineyards to top-end and urban centres, Novotel offers Australia’s most comprehensive choice of hotel and resort venues for an endless and creative range of team-building events. And according to Novotel brand marketing manager Kellie Parker, it’s in times like these that results-driven events with a functional edge take centre stage. “Team-building exercises, collaborative problem-solving workshops and strategic staff meetings. The order of the day is for practical events that allow companies to regroup, retrain and refocus their targets in a changed economic climate,” she says. Already famous for its ‘destination resorts’ in easy distance to city centres, Novotel is focused on ensuring maximum value and convenience for those looking to team-build, provide training, or simply make an effort to stay connected in 2009. While simple city meetings are still a popular option for many in locations like Sydney, Canberra, Melbourne, Perth and Cairns, adrenalin and adventure-themed events that have groups problem solving together are hot concepts in 2009, not least of all at the Novotel Twin Waters Resort on the Sunshine Coast. Intent on offering imaginative conference activities which stimulate delegates both intellectually and physically the resort has teamed with Corporate & Group Xperiences to present a unique suite of challenges as part of its innovative ‘LOST’ scenario. Based on escaping from a genuine aircraft fuselage located in bush land on the resort, the program includes a medical challenge where several team members have been injured in the crash and who must be treated and carried to safety by the others, and a navigation challenge where F 44 mice.net members race against time using hand-held GPS units to locate equipment necessary for the further challenges which lay ahead. Not to be outdone, Novotel Darwin Atrium has joined forces with Crocosaurus Cove to create the ultimate Top End team-building exercise - the “Cage of Death”. The concept provides intrepid guests with an opportunity to get up close and personal with some of the largest Northern Territory saltwater crocodiles in captivity. The encounter suspends delegates in an acrylic transparent cage above a crocodile enclosure before slowly lowering them into one of the four chosen enclosures for an “experience of a life time.” Less dramatic but equally thrilling is the Novotel Lake Crackenback Resort, boasting 150 acres of stunning mountain scenery and private lake frontage for summit meetings with an alpine edge, while the Novotel Barossa Valley Resort complements its regular activities with more unusual activities such as a sky watch session with an astronomer and a unique Red Wine Bath Soak - great for well being of mind, body and spirit. Tailored team-building concepts are available at all 20 Novotel hotels across Australia, from beachside addresses such as Novotel Wollongong Northbeach, Novotel Manly Pacific and Novotel Pacific Bay in Coffs Harbour to golfing destinations such as the Novotel Forest Resort Creswick in Victoria and The Vines in Western Australia. A $60,000 Novotel hotel credit could be yours by simply booking and holding your next meeting with Novotel before 30 December 2009. For more details visit www.meetingatnovotel.com.au. TOP LEFT: ‘Summit’ meetings at Novotel Lake Crakenback resort TOP MIDDLE: Yoga options at Novotel’s beach resorts TOP RIGHT: Red Wine Bath at Novotel Barossa Valley Resort