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Mice Net : August 2009
regional nsw LEFT: Sebel Harbourside Conference Centre. BELOW: Govetts Leap, Blue Mountains. year for corporate groups is Sunday to Thursday outside of the area’s busy weekends and summer and autumn school holiday periods. “The high yield of business tourism is extremely important to Port Stephens and the important bonus for us is they tend to be midweek,” said Neville Deuis, Port Stephens Tourism’s tourism manager. “It’s an ideal location throughout the year, especially during June to october when there’s the opportunity to see the annual migration of the humpback whales.” The region has a number of conference savvy properties that include Peppers Anchorage Port Stephens, Shoal Bay Resort & Spa, All Seasons Salamander Shores, oaks Pacific Blue Resort with new conference facilities, Le Meilleur Horizons Golf Resort and Marina Park Conference Centre, Nelson Bay. Visit www.portstephens.org.au. Port Macquarie 420kms north of Sydney but with direct flights on either Qantaslink or Virgin, and train services at the nearby town of Wauchope, is the thriving coastal town of Port Macquarie. Embracing the business tourism market is the Glasshouse: Arts Conference and Entertainment Centre with a 606-seat theatre/auditorium, multi- purpose meeting rooms and exhibition space, which opened its doors in July. Nicole Marzan, tourism marketing and promotions co-ordinator at the Port Macquarie Hastings Council said the environmentally-friendly design of the Glasshouse follows the trend for increasingly responsible travel which allows users to reduce their ecological footprint. “The strategy is for the Glasshouse to reduce its non-recyclable waste by 10 per cent per year with the object of achieving as close to 100 per cent recyclable within a decade,” she said. Commenting on the new venue, Linda Hall, tourism manager at Greater Port Macquarie Tourism said, “For the first time in years, Port Macquarie provides buyers the option to host their event at a stunning, new world-class venue in regional NSW. A big challenge this year will be overcoming the perceived cost of hosting business events in Australia – but as Port Macquarie is outside of a city centre, there can be huge financial savings.” The region has some great value accommodation in 16 four-star and above properties, most with water views; a variety of free and lowcost pre and post-touring experiences; and competitively priced daily flights from Sydney. Visit www.pmhc.nsw.gov.au. share, impress & learn in luxury... multi award winning bellachara only 2 hours South of Sydney •conference & event facilities for 8-180 people •luxurious accommodation •restaurant & wine lounge • day spa •2 pools •tennis court created to offer guests a personal experience... bellachara.com.au 102 mice.net 02 4234 1359 1 fern st gerringong TORNSW0246_MICE