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Mice Net : August 2009
gold coast operator... smooth Story by Johanna Mc Kinnon R enowned for being a playground of the glamorous, the savvy, the fun-loving, and the stylish, the Gold Coast is guaranteed to add plenty of spice to your next event. With an award-winning convention centre, some of the most extravagant hotels and resorts in the country as well as plenty of options for the budget-conscious, the Gold Coast offers something for groups of all shapes and sizes. GCCEC’s fifth birthday The Gold Coast Convention and Exhibition Centre reached five years of operation in June with the centre’s team having plenty to celebrate. Since opening the centre has hosted more than 1500 events and attracted in excess of one million guests. And since the centre’s extension which was completed in January 2009, the GCCEC has continued to go from strength to strength. For pure business events, including meetings and exhibitions, the centre has hosted 157,438 delegates at 981 functions. GCCEC GM Adrienne Readings said the success is not only due to the state-of-the-art facilities and excellent location but also the team of motivated staff who are driven by the philosophy of delivering great events every time. “We are proud of our success over the past five years, but there’s always room for more. We continually look for new ways to deliver on service, present a creative dish, or provide new technology that will contribute towards [the success of] an event. It’s our job to make our clients look good,” she said. Business award for Warner Village Theme Parks Warner Village Theme Parks has been recognised for its Indigenous School Based Traineeship Program with the Partnerships Award at the 2009 Reconciliation Awards for Business in early July. The program is a partnership between Warner Village Theme Parks, Sea World & Water Park, Sea World Resort Registered Training Organisation, the Department of Employment, Economic Development and Innovation, as well as a range of community stakeholders. The Gold CoasT is sleek, stylish and oh, so sophisticated. The initiative started in January 2006 with 14 trainees and grew to 32 students in 2008. The participants are from rural, remote and urban communities in Queensland who participate in this one of a kind program. And the good news continues with past students from the program having gone on to become enrolled into university and find full-time employment. Warner Village Theme Park’s Indigenous School Based Traineeship coordinator, Linda Biumaiwai, says the program makes a huge difference. “These students get a totally unique experience which changes their lives forever and impacts on their families and communities. It clearly shows that we can achieve great things when we all work together,” she said. Photo courtesy of Gold Coast Tourism. Dream Holiday Homes has built a new $6 million beachfront mansion that offers 180-degree ocean views, and is ideal for corporate groups of 10. Suitable for small executive meetings, or an ideal option for an incentive program, one thing is certain at this stunning venue: your group won’t ever want to leave this luxurious abode. The Nautica is a four-storey holiday home located at the Gold Coast’s Palm Beach offering contemporary living with the ocean in your backyard and beachfront heated pool – the ultimate in contemporary luxury living. For more information go to www.dreamholidayhomes. com.au. Glam getaway mice.net 85