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Mice Net : August 2009
CharismatiC Cairns A diverse and modern tropical metropolis. T hese may not be words you associate with the tropical north, but it describes the city perfectly. Cairns is home to an award-winning convention centre, quality accommodation and attractions aplenty. Cairns is the gateway to the rest of North Queensland and is more than just a tropical escape. The region is popular for large-scale conventions and meetings and it is not unusual to see international contingents flocking to Cairns to attend high-profile conferences and events. For event planners organising conventions for substantial sized groups, the Cairns Convention Centre is a huge drawcard. Indeed, Cairns is built for conventions, and the convention centre remains the region’s jewel in the crown. To top it all off, there’s also more than 7000 accommodation rooms on offer. This port city is the gateway to the Great Barrier Reef and World Heritage Listed rainforest. With attractions that range from cruising for crocodiles to swinging through the rainforest canopy on a zipline, there’s always an experience to get your teeth into. Less than one hour’s boat ride from Cairns will get you to your own island paradise. Why not get your group together, grab the beach ball, board a catamaran and spend the day at Green Island 60 mice.net sUppLement or Fitzroy Island? Infrastructure continues to improve in Cairns. In addition to the extensive airport upgrade many parts of the city also have major makeovers. A 200 metre pedestrian path has been completed in Cityport South as well as a 600 metre promenade along the harbour which now links the Cairns Convention Centre to the lagoon and esplanade. This is a great plus for delegates who can now easily navigate their way from the centre to the restaurant and nightlife precincts. And the restaurants and nightlife are one of Cairns’ strongest attributes. The city is literally brimming over with quality restaurants and late-night party spots that are sure to tempt your delegates to letting their hair down when the conference is over for the day. Cairns is a unique destination within Australia. Where else can you conference in an award-winning convention centre, dine in a huge array of restaurants, or hire a boat and experience the spectacular beauty of the Great Barrier Reef. This tropical metropolis will prove to be the perfect destination to get those creative juices flowing!