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Mice Net : August 2008
canberra must see capital STORY BY Johanna Mc Kinnon Canberra is the capital of unexpected delights. As well as some stunning conference spaces Canberra is bountiful in new accommodation and culinary experiences. Hotel Realm is the newest five-star accommodation, and Diamant Hotel is the new kid on the block in terms of boutique-style facilities. And there are plenty of new attractions for event planners to get excited about as well. Canberra is arguably the perfect destination for association events, with a wide range of accommodation options available as well as a series of attractions for families. Indeed, it certainly ticks many boxes for the family-friendly conference market. E News at the National Convention Centre The National Convention Centre and the adjacent Crowne Plaza Canberra have recently won four major awards between them at this year’s Australian Hotels Association Awards for the ACT. These awards have been credited to the dramatic refurbishments of the NCC and the Crowne Plaza, both in 2007. General manager for both the NCC and Crowne Plaza, Matt Young, says it’s fantastic to be recognised with the success due in no small part to the team effort. “The ability to set these benchmarks would not have been possible without the passion and dedication of each and every member of the teams at Crowne Plaza Canberra and the NCC,” he said. “Everyone’s worked incredibly hard not only to make these facilities fantastic places to stay, eat, meet and entertain, but most importantly, to give something back to our community.” The NCC has also been looking to the future success of its staff as well as battling against the issue of skill shortage. The NCC and the Canberra Institute of Technology have been working together since 2007 to help alleviate skill shortages in the hospitality industry. According to NCC manager Cindy Young the initiative has proven to be successful and the first round of students working at the NCC recently graduated with Certificate 1 in Hospitality Operations. “The partnership between the NCC and CIT is an example of the industry taking the initiative to combat the skill shortage in their own backyard,” she said. ven though Canberra is regarded as the go to destination for international dignitaries and politicians, Australia’s capital city has much to offer those in the business of events. Discover an Australian icon, the Australian Institute of Sport, a unique and distinct venue where champions are created, world records are broken and expectations are exceeded. Inspire and motivate your guests by staging a record-breaking event at the AIS. From team building for ten to a gala dinner for 1200, the AIS is the perfect destination for you. Tel: (02) 6214 7137 Email: email@example.com Web site: ausport.gov.au/visit Discover the champion within! The Australian Institute of Sport is a division of the Australian Sports Commission. mice.net 103