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Mice Net : August 2009
oh perfeCtion... port douglas! It’s the playground of celebs and dignitaries, and most importantly, VIP delegates. P ort Douglas is notorious for being the perfect escape for Hollywood celebrities and high profile presidents. And it’s an ideal destination to conference if you want your delegates to experience a little of the VIP treatment. Port Douglas is also home to a host of unique off-site experiences. You may not know that as well as Great Barrier Reef experiences, Port Douglas has grown in leaps and bounds since the development boom of the 1980s, yet has retained its original relaxed seaside village appeal. A host of restaurants and watering holes are dotted along Port Douglas’ main thoroughfare, Macrossan Street. The hardest part will be choosing just one place to dine, so why not organise a dine-around for your group. If you’re looking for a unique off-site venue in Port Douglas, you’ve got a few to choose from. Flames of the Forest is just off the beaten track and offers a space that is set up surrounded by dense rainforest. The effect this produces at night time is breathtaking. The team at Flames of the Forest can tailor the theming of the large permanent marquee to suit your event, and always style the space in a way that is bound to have your guests ‘ooh-ing and ahh-ing’. Along the pathway to the marquee are a collection of lit candelabras which create a mystic ambience. For a completely different feel head to the new Australian Muster experience. Located 30 minutes from central Port Douglas, this venue is a genuine working property that can host a range of events from gala dinners to relaxed cocktail functions. There’s room for 350 guests banquet-style and 600 for cocktails under a sheltered space with a perfect outlook onto the rodeo ring. Despite the growth of Port Douglas it still retains much of its casual charm. And it suits the meetings and incentive travel market down to the ground 76 mice.net sUppLement with a wide variety of unique resorts and spaces. Properties including the Sheraton Mirage and Rydges Sabaya continue to be popular with groups while newer venues including Peppers Bale’ and Sea Temple are also attracting corporate meetings and incentive business. It’s pretty hard to knock back swim-out pool apartments and villas with their own pools, as these properties offer. Port Douglas is the northern gateway to the Great Barrier Reef and the last main town centre before you hit the wilderness of the Daintree Rainforest and Cape Tribulation areas. It really does pack a punch for groups, and is especially popular for team-building with a difference thanks to its compact nature and the creativity of the local operators. One popular local activity is a treasure-hunt style experience in which teams are given a list of items to gather that are all found in and around Port Douglas. Participants can bike their way around the destination with little exertion and plenty of laughs in search of their goodies. Port Douglas Incentives Port Douglas Incentives is a collective of Port Douglas operators who specialise in the business tourism industry. The group can assist you in organising all kinds of events in the region. Members of Port Douglas Incentives include luxury Port Douglas accommodation, AV experts, transfer operators, conference and meeting facilities, leisure attractions and activities. All members work closely together as a team and are established C&I professionals specialising in events, activities and accommodation. For more information go to www.portdouglasincentives.com