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Mice Net : October 2009
mice.net 113 island events has it hands firmly on the red pen. New Caledonia's sophistication can be found in its modern infrastructure and meeting facilities and in a know-how that is reflected in the high standard of its AV equipment, in its venues, in the variety of accommodation, services, sights and activities. Most significantly, New Caledonia is a politically stable country. "It's amazing how many companies thought they 'had been there done that' when it comes to conferencing in a destination that requires less than three hours' flying time from Sydney or Brisbane," says Diane Moynihan, general manager of New Caledonia Tourism Australia. "New Caledonia is our closest Pacific neighbour yet it is still relatively unknown to many Australians. There are a few reasons for the low awareness but none as glaringly obvious as the seemingly non-existence of a 'Team New Caledonia' in major world sporting events that receive extensive exposure across Australia. Australians have grown up watching and participating in all things sport, and often many are first introduced to neighbouring Pacific countries through major sporting events. "Sports like World Cup Rugby, FIFA World Cup and the Olympic Games where we sit by our televisions and watch the small proud teams from the South Pacific parade past the cameras. New Caledonians are most definitely there but you can be forgiven for not recognising them. They, like Australians, are sports orientated. In fact they have produced world champion footballers, sailors, kite-surfers and cyclists. But it is understandable that Australians are unaware of them. New Caledonia is a part of France in the Pacific therefore they compete under the French flag." RIGHT: Lagoon in New Caledonia. Photo courtesy of New Caledonia Tourism. OPPOSITE: Sofitel Fiji Resort & Spa.