Australia may have had to cancel its F1 Grand Prix for a second year running but destinations in the country are doing their best to push ahead with new products for the meetings market ready for the eventual return.
In Queensland, an inaugural Port Douglas Business Planner Guide has been launched offering destination information and inspiration, capacity charts, incentive itineraries and tips on sustainable conferencing. Aimed at organisers, the Planner Guide can be downloaded here. “The new Business Planner Guide and fresh content will help secure high-yield business for the destination,” said Tourism Port Douglas & Daintree chief executive Tara Bennett. While Matthew Sturt, Sheraton Grand Mirage Resort Port Douglas’ senior sales manager, said: “Conference and incentives groups that would normally go internationally are staying in Australia and Port Douglas is perceived as a ‘must do’ destination. Business event groups are already contracting business for 2022 and 2023.”
In Western Australia, Business Events Perth has launched a suite of new 3D, digital venue tours for key business event venues. The tours provide a fully immersive experience for planners wanting to explore venues including the Perth Convention and Exhibition Centre, Crown Perth and DoubleTree by Hilton Perth Northbridge. There are currently 15 tours on the Business Events Perth website which you can find here, with more to be added later this year.
In New South Wales, Carriageworks in Sydney has launched the ‘Carriageworks Curated’ experience giving groups a private curator-led exhibition tour of the heritage venue which can cater for events for up to 100 people.