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Meet in Australia
Northern Territory’s diversity makes it an appealing destination for
conference and incentive experiences, according to Scott Lovett,
director of the Northern Territory Convention Bureau (NTCB).
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There is nowhere else in Australia that
offers such a diverse destination, combining
nature and culture, an amazing range of
outdoor activities and a young, vibrant
cosmopolitan city of 120,000 residents,’
says Lovett. ‘Conference planners can avail
themselves of sophisticated convention
centres and hotel venues and then invite their
attendees to explore the outback or World
Heritage listed Kakadu National Park for pre
and post event touring. Delegates can enjoy
memorable interaction with our ancient
indigenous culture, embark on outback
cattle station experiences and wilderness
adventures or simply enjoy our tropical city
flavours, markets, beautiful harbour and
great climate.’
New at Tourist Centre
The Royal Flying Doctor Service (RFDS)
Central Operations in Alice Springs has
undertaken a redevelopment of its Alice
Springs Tourist Centre. The new facility
represents an investment of more than A$3
million and includes a 70-seat theatre with
digital projection equipment that enables
video conferencing.
Interactive information portals are also
available, along with increased retail space
and a full-scale replica of the fuselage of the
RFDS operational Pilatus PC 12 Aircraft. An
outside courtyard can cater for 300 cocktail
style and 80 banquet style, while the café
located in the heritage building can also
accommodate 70 diners banquet style.
Lasseters expansion
A new A$10 million accommodation
wing with 66 rooms has opened at Lasseters
Hotel Casino, nestled beneath the famous
MacDonnell Ranges in Alice Springs.
The new rooms feature free wifi, 42 inch
LCD televisions and iPod docks and will
complement the existing 140 room hotel. A
new resort-style swimming pool and garden
surrounds opened in January.
Future developments include a 250 seat
dining space due to open later this year,
a new hotel entrance and reception area
separate from a new casino lobby, a VIP
gaming room, day spa and commercial
gymnasium due for completion late 2013.
The property sits adjacent to the Alice Springs
Convention Centre and overlooks the 18-hole
Alice Springs Golf Course, Australia’s only
championship desert golf course.
Offsite in The Alice
The Alice Springs Convention Centre’s
portfolio of offsite catering includes many
of the region’s iconic sites and attractions.
Venues include the quartzite amphitheatre
at The Quarry, the Araluen Cultural Precinct,
the Aviation Museum and the Muk Muk and
Mbantua Galleries, which feature indigenous
art. The outback history of the world-famous
Telegraph Station, Pioneer Women’s Hall of
Fame and the Royal Flying Doctor Service
Museum also provide exceptional venues.
Ayers Rock Resort
The two year refurbishment of Ayers
Rock Resort is well underway at Uluru. The
redevelopment and expansion of the resort’s
conference centre, known as the Uluru
Meeting Place, will double its capacity. A new
ballroom catering for up to 220 banquet style
is being created and the current conference
centre building will be remodelled internally
to provide a ‘junior ballroom’ that can be sub-
divided into two function rooms.
The resort’s hotels are also undergoing
refurbishment, with completion of the
five star Sails in the Desert expected by
October 2012.
The Longitude 131° wilderness retreat
provides an opportunity to experience the
heart of Australia in well appointed tented
sanctuaries overlooking Uluru. Even more
authentic indigenous experiences are now
available as a result of the entire Ayers
Rock Resort having been acquired by the
Indigenous Land Corporation (ILC) last year.
For incentive planners, more than 65 tours,
activities and attractions are on offer within
the Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park where
the resort is located. These include sunrise
and sunset viewings of Uluru and Kata Tjuta,
desert walks, camel rides, and dot-painting
workshops with indigenous artists.
Also at Ayers Rock Resort, a boutique open-
air dining experience awaits incentive high
achievers. The Tali Wiru (meaning ‘beautiful
dune’) experience combines indigenous
culture and the finest gastronomic fare and
offers magnificent views of Uluru and the
distant domes of Kata Tjuta. A four-course
table d’hôte menu and wines selected from
Australia’s premier vineyards are available for
groups of up to 20. Pre-dinner cocktails are
accompanied by a didgeridoo performance
and after dinner, a local storyteller captivates
with celestial creation stories. This boutique
experience joins the award-winning and
world famous ‘Sounds of Silence’ dinner
under the stars which caters for larger groups.
Outback training exercise
The Ghan railway provides a luxury
km transcontinental voyage of discovery
into the NT and is one of the world’s great
rail experiences. Travelling from Adelaide
in South Australia to Darwin in the Top End
via Alice Springs, it provides the ultimate
incentive or small conference experience,
with a range of exclusive historic carriages
available for charter.
Longitude 131
at Uluru
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