The city of Darwin has welcomed the first flight from London, UK to the Northern Territory since the start of the pandemic, as Australia reopens its international borders to visitors, 21 February.
In the coming years the Northern Territory is set for a busy period of international business events, as confidence grows and a number of events have already been confirmed:
- International Foster Care Organisation Conference 2022
- 2022 DevelopingEM Conference
- International BioIron Society Congress 2023
- World Melioidosis Congress 2023
- World Conference on Ecological Restoration 2023
- World Federation of Neuroscience Nurses Quadrennial Congress 2025
Rebecca McCaig, director at Northern Territory Business Events, said: “The Northern Territory Government’s prompt and effective actions at the onset of the Covid-19 pandemic meant that our destination was able to stage a number of successful domestic major events and conferences much sooner than many other places in Australia, many of which achieved record attendances. The same safe and sure protocols will continue to apply to business events staged in Australia’s Northern Territory, providing delegates with the confidence to again meet in person and to reconnect both professionally and personally.”
This increased confidence in the international events for the Northern Territory has been reflected throughout Australia. Robin Mack, executive general manager of Commercial and Business Events Australia for Tourism Australia, believes: “Australia’s business events industry has been successfully delivering Covid-safe events throughout the pandemic. If you combine this with direct flight access, an increased flight capacity from March onwards, wide open spaces and unique experiences – many outdoors and within nature, Australia offers business events planners a destination that often exceeds expectations.”
This combination of open borders and Australian MICE offerings has also been realised in Sydney. Lyn Lewis-Smith, chief executive of BESydney, stated: “Our phones and emails have lit up with clients from across the globe – both those with international meetings scheduled for Sydney in 2022 and 2023, and other opportunities that Sydney is currently bidding on to secure for the future.”
Lewis-Smith added: “For the shorter lead corporate and incentive markets, this means that companies can now confidently consider selecting Sydney and Australia to inspire their teams this year and next.”
(Look out for our special Australasia Supplement to the next, 117 edition of CMW in March).