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Mice Net : August 2008
canberra Light up your next event... Old Parliament House, Parkes, Canberra. Photo courtesy of Australian Capital Tourism. kind. Everyone initially was kicking themselves for eating all of the previous courses, however there is always room for amazing desserts. The room was filled with mist from dry ice which was keeping the home-made ice-cream cool, and some of the sweets included a chocolate fountain, made-to-order crêpes and a huge array of gourmet cheese. DAY 3 After eating our weight in dessert the previous night it felt fitting to have breakfast at the Australian Institute of Sport. Athletes took us for a tour of the conference facilities and told us plenty of sporting yarns as we sat down to breakfast at the AIS’s million-dollar pool. The pool has been designed so that trainers can view athletes through glass panels from below the water’s surface to monitor their performance, and for us it was mesmerising to see these hard working swimmers lapping the pool while we had our first coffee of the day. Some say there’s nothing wrong with 12 people in a 13 person maximum capacity lift… I would usually agree that is until it breaks down. After spending just over half-an-hour in the National Gallery’s lift we were all much closer, and maybe on a positive note this exercise could be a new concept in team-building! Alas all 12 survived to get on the coach for a site inspection at Hotel Realm. This hotel has a very modern contemporary style with a lot of monotone colours and dark wood furniture. A memorable aspect of Hotel Realm for any guest is the interesting red hanging sculpture in the foyer which creates interesting shadows and textures on the grey walls. The boutique-style Diamant Hotel was our last port of call and also our stop for lunch. This hotel is another new property to Canberra and offers a lot of potential for the area. It is unique in its décor and offers something new to event planners to consider when organising small to medium-sized functions. As well as accommodation this hotel is home to a restaurant and bar which all make the most of the exterior landscaping. As we were back on the coach for the final time many delegates where reminiscing about the previous few days and the consensus was that many had a refreshed view of Canberra and a better insight into the business event possibilities on offer. The National Convention Centre provides a power-house venue offering premium facilities for every occasion. The centre caters for up to 2500 guests, with expansive views, pristine natural light and a new contemporary look and feel. Come and see for yourself why the National Convention Centre is... To book your next event contact our events team on +61 (2) 6257 4905 or visit us online at nccc.com.au mice.net 105