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Mice Net : August 2009
tasmania LEFT: Wine snobs course at Meadowbank. BELOW: Group shot final lunch, Peppermint Bay. dolphins…just don’t stand in his way as he rushes to the side of the boat to welcome them. We saw seals, we got wet and according to Desleigh Mlodzianowski of financial services company Vero, this was a highlight: “Every single person on the boat was willing to get absolutely soaking wet to get a look at seals…it shows that we are all big kids at heart.” Overlooking Freycinet is 280 metre high Mt Paul, which offers more Tasmanian serendipity – a 1200 acre wildlife retreat established by British corporate escapees, Phillippa Denne and Virginia Cowie. We first arrive at a standing camp, with a rustic barn and a sit-around fire pit, a wedding-style ceremonial platform and accommodation for 24 in two-man tents – maybe not everyone’s idea of a corporate retreat. Further up-mountain are two luxury lodges and The Arc, an ultramodern airy function space that seats 120 and boasts a commercial kitchen, inhabited this day by mobile chef Waji Spiby who melds French, Asian and Mediterranean flavours. Returning to city life, we overnight at Hotel Grand Chancellor Hobart. Its dedicated conference floor, 1100 delegate capacity and 10 function rooms for plenary, concurrent and small meetings provide quite a contrast, particularly when the adjoining 1100-seat Federation Concert Hall is included. Demonstrating strong versatility given its full conference calendar, the hotel took over a top floor lift lobby, erected blackout curtains, and we enjoyed a private breakfast venue with butler overlooking a tranquil Hobart waterfront. The tranquillity didn’t last, yet another surprise…both famil teams re-group for an exhilarating boatride on 48-seat Wild Thing II, thrust by four 350HP Yamaha outboards down the Derwent to a magnificent farewell lunch hosted by new Peppermint Bay CEO, Luke Brennan. An educational with a difference and one that convinced participants that Tasmania really offers so much for the business events market. Hotel Grand Chancellor Hobart Hobart’s most prestigious Conference & Events Hotel The Convention and Exhibition Centre at the Hotel Grand Chancellor incorporates facilities to host events both large and small. Conferences for up to 1100 delegates can be hosted in the Federation Concert Hall with exhibition facilities for 115 booths in the magnificent Federation Ballroom and a further 8 flexible breakout rooms. Superbly located on the water front your delegates will enjoy sweeping views of the River Derwent, while conferencing in the heart of historic Hobart close to a range of local attractions. Hotel Grand Chancellor Hobart 1 Davey Street, Hobart, TAS, 7000 P · 03 6235 4535 · F · 03 6223 8175 · E · firstname.lastname@example.org www.ghihotels.com 100 mice.net