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Mice Net : August 2009
upfront briefs Business events go greener in MelBourne Melbourne is a world-leading business events destination, boasting outstanding infrastructure and world-class attractions. Melbourne also leads on meeting the industry’s need for green conferences and events. The new Melbourne Convention Centre (MCC) is one of the city’s most exciting developments for 2009, and is the first convention centre in the world with a ‘Six Star Green Star’ environmental rating. The MCC offers 32 meeting rooms, a grand ballroom, an entry level foyer for 8400 guests, and a 5000-seat plenary hall. For advice on planning low carbon impact events in Melbourne, see Melbourne Convention + Visitors Bureau’s green incentive website, which includes itineraries, as well as MCVB’s updated Melbourne’s ‘Green Credentials’ Report, which identifies green suppliers and their environmental initiatives. Visit www.mcvb.com.au to learn more. A comprehensive new redevelopment has been unveiled by Dockside Group for Darling Harbour’s popular ‘Dockside’ and ‘L’Aqua’ function venues at Cockle Bay in Sydney. MD Christopher Drivas said he was confident that these significant renovations will set a new benchmark for function space in Australia. “As corporate meetings and function budgets are constantly scrutinised, venues need to be able to deliver remarkable banquet facilities as well as value for money to grow your business and acquire new customers therefore we have invested in a significant upgrade to our popular venues as well as creating some cost-effective re-launch packages. The timing of this renovation is ideal as Sydney is experiencing increased demand for conference and function space in 2010, and we believe that new function venues of ‘Dockside’ and ‘L’Aqua’ now deliver to their full potential and our clients will reap the benefits of the enhanced capabilities of both venues. A multi-million dollar refit by Dreamtime Australia Design headed up by award-winning interior designer and architect, Michael McCann is said to revolutionise the spaces. The transformed ‘Dockside’ and ‘L’Aqua’ venues introduce innovative design which evokes a vibrant, sophisticated atmosphere through new custom designed furniture and fittings. Dockside’s new design includes high-tech interactive audio-visual capability with different zones allowing significant flexibility in set-up, with mood lighting in the evening to create intimate zones.” MERCURE PRESENTS PAY FOR 2 GET 1 FREE* Pay for two delegates and the third will conference free when you book and hold a residential conference at one of 17 participating Mercure Hotels in Australia before 30 September 2009. Plus earn A|Club points at over 1,300 Accor hotels worldwide. Mercure Hotels in Australia offset the carbon emissions generated by every meeting. *For full terms & conditions or to book your next event go to mercuremeetings.com.au mice.net 19 PAY FOR 2 GET 1 FREE R8289_MICE