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Latest events news for Cairns, Port Douglas, Palm Cove and the Islands

26 May 2021
Delegates Immersed in Cairns & Great Barrier Reef
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19 May 2021
Business Events Cairns & Great Barrier Reef appoints specialist
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5 Mar 2021
Cairns & Great Barrier Reef launches immersive meeting program
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19 Nov 2020
Planning underway for Sell TNQ 2021
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29 Oct 2020
Visit Cairns & Great Barrier Reef from anywhere in the world
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22 Sep 2020
Cairns & Great Barrier Reef trivia wows business event planners
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26 Aug 2020
Cairns & Great Barrier Reef open for business
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10 Jul 2020
Cairns Big Welcome for First Interstate Flight
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7 Jul 2020
New for Cairns & Great Barrier Reef
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9 Jun 2020
National award for Cairns & Great Barrier Reef incentive
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28 Apr 2020
A-Z of GREAT Events: 26 reasons to choose Cairns & Great Barrier Reef!

As a large region with a lot on offer, we’re here to help make your decision simple. Working our way through the alphabet, we’ve taken 26 reasons why Cairns & Great Barrier Reef can be the home of your next GREAT event! 

Follow our Instagram and Twitter to watch the rest of our A-Z countdown!

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26 May 2020
Cairns & Port Douglas Resorts in Top 10 of Hot 100

Two leading five-star resorts from Cairns & Great Barrier Reef have been ranked in the Top 10 of Spice Magazine’s 2020 Hot 100 Hotels & Venues.

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14 May 2020
Five Ways Business Events Can Contribute to the Conservation of the Great Barrier Reef
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3 Apr 2020
Business event planners enjoy taste of Cairns & Great Barrier Reef

Free, simple and useful – the Delegate Advantage Program gives conference delegates exclusive access to local deals and value-adds to help them plan ahead and make the most of their time in Cairns & Great Barrier Reef.

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9 Mar 2020
2020 Delegate Advantage Program

Free, simple and useful – the Delegate Advantage Program gives conference delegates exclusive access to local deals and value-adds to help them plan ahead and make the most of their time in Cairns & Great Barrier Reef.

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2 Mar 2020
Asia-Pacific Opportunities from AIME 2020

In a time of world-wide change and disruption, AIME 2020 provided some valuable business leads for Cairns & Great Barrier Reef, first-hand insight into challenges that business events may come to face and what current opportunities are available for the taking. 

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25 Feb 2020
Five Ways to Have a ‘Conference With a Purpose’ in Cairns
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12 Dec 2019
Great Barrier Reef a Hot Topic at Dreamtime 2019

The managers from Business Events Cairns & Great Barrier Reef enjoyed a short sea-change last week attending the Dreamtime 2019 trade show held in Perth, Western Australia.

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20 Nov 2019
20 Years of Sell TNQ Success

Business Events Cairns & Great Barrier Reef has completed another successful Sell TNQ educational program, marking its 20th anniversary!

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@wildlifehabitat newest addition, the CrocArena and the Swim with the Salties experience opened this month. The highly anticipated Queensland first will allow guests, the chance to be submerged into the croc’s territory. CrocArena is purpose built for #Crocodile shows, including a massive grandstand with seating for 300 people, as well as an underwater viewing area to watch the feeding.

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Built in 1984 and reimagined in 2021, @thebensonhotel_cairns has just opened in Cairns 👏

The property previously operated as the Rydges Plaza Hotel and has undergone a 10-week refurbishment to introduce art-deco inspired design elements. Ninety percent of materials for the refurbishment were sourced locally. A brand-new restaurant, poolside bar and expanded rooftop area complements the conference spaces and the 101 refreshed rooms.

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We are excited to announce a new approach to our educational program, BE Immersed: Cairns & Great Barrier Reef. The bureau will be offering a series of smaller bespoke educational programs throughout the year to allow event planners visiting our region to immerse themselves in the destination alongside like-minded planners. 

If you are keen to visit the region, contact us or visit our website for more information 👆

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Two brand new rooftop bars feature in the newly redeveloped Cairns Esplanade Dining Precinct; Oak & Vine at Oaks Hotel Cairns, and Whiskey and Wine by Crystalbrook Flynn 🍹🍻

Both capturing the views of the Coral Sea and the mountain ranges, these new venues provide the perfect backdrop and location for your next business event function 🥂#eventherethisyear  #businesseventscairns 

 📷 Oak & Vine
What's new?...the $28 million redeveloped Cairns Esplanade Dining Precinct is completed! 🌴🥂 The engaging layout features new contemporary awnings that offer better weather protection, an extended dining area, modified and gently curving road alignment, inviting vertical gardens and grassed mounds, and extra footpaths to improve pedestrian connectivity. 

The retention of one-way traffic along the Esplanade allows for safer pedestrian movements and will also reduce unwanted noise. The design of the road and footpath also allows the precinct to be easily transformed into a pedestrian-only space for major public events. #eventherethisyear #businesseventscairns
FUNDING AVAILABLE || Applications for Business Events Cairns & Great Barrier Reef's Destination Funding Program is now available. 

Funding of $100 per delegate is available for any national event of three days or longer. 

For more information - check out the link in bio 👆
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The last of the seven reasons to meet in Cairns & Great Barrier Reef...We are a global business event destination surrounded by natural beauty 🌿

Cairns & Great Barrier Reef is the only place in the world with two World Heritage areas side by side, making it the picture-perfect location for events designed to impress delegates 🍃🐠

The Great Barrier Reef and the Wet Tropics Rainforest offer extraordinary offsite locations and experiences for any group size with the added benefit of a year-round warm climate 🌴🐚 
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Reason #6 to meet in Cairns & Great Barrier Reef 🌿 that you benefit from a collaborative and supportive industry!

The business events industry in Cairns is renowned for its collaborative approach to hosting business events. Starting with the Business Events Cairns & Great Barrier Reef team are there to support event planners in planning memorable events and our industry partners work together to ensure events are delivered seamlessly. Whether it be hosting a site inspection or an educational program or going that extra mile for a bespoke delegate experience, the team in Cairns are here to assist.#eventherethisyear #businesseventscairns
Reason #5 to meet in Cairns & Great Barrier Reef 🌿 the opportunity to leave lasting legacies for the Community & your Delegates!

Ensure your event embraces #sustainability in a meaningful way with unique Cairns & Great Barrier Reef opportunities to connect to local programs and legacy opportunities. Adopt a #turtle at the @cairnsturtlerehab in honour of your #conference and get your delegates involved with tracking its progress in the lead up to the event 🐢

Align with @citizensgbr where many small actions make a big impact. Encourage delegates to “Hold the Straw”, “BYOB (Bring your own bottle/bag)” or “Sponsor a COTS (Crown-of-thorns starfish) Diver” to increase the conference impact score which can be tracked directly on your very own Citizens dashboard showing how your event makes a difference 🐠  #eventherethisyear #businesseventscairns


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