Buyers with potential and confirmed business in Cairns & Great Barrier Reef have been given an update on exciting infrastructure and product developments for the destination at events in Sydney and Melbourne.
Tourism Tropical North Queensland (TTNQ) Director of Business and Tourism Events Rosie Douglas said the Cairns & Great Barrier Reef Regional Showcase 2016 was held in the two cities on July 20-21.
“The level of investment in the region impressed participants who were delighted at the choice of new and upgraded offsite venues for their events,” she said.
“New event spaces include Hemingway’s Brewery at the Port Douglas Reef Marina and the Australian Armour and Artillery Museum next to Skyrail Rainforest Cableway and Tjapukai.
“In the city heart we will have a new arts precinct with an outdoor performance space and the Cairns Performing Arts centre under construction, Ochre Restaurant is moving to a waterfront location and work is well advanced on the $50 million Cairns Aquarium which will include an event centre.
“The Sheraton Mirage Port Douglas Resort has completed a $40 million upgrade including renovations to the 294 guest rooms, new suites and swim out rooms, plus the redevelopment of the Country Club, the resort’s main buildings, surrounding pools and landscaping.”
As part of the Showcase, the Cairns & Great Barrier Reef Business Events team was joined by 16 Tourism Tropical North Queensland members who are key stakeholders in the business events industry.
A VIP lunch hosted by TTNQ Chief Executive Officer Alex de Waal was held in Sydney to gather feedback and insights into the destination from the industry’s key decision makers.
Vision Weaver and Director of Travel Programs at 212F Keith Christenson said the Showcase was invaluable for Cairns & Great Barrier Reef as a business events destination.
“It allows buyers to discuss key destination opportunities and challenges with industry suppliers and destination representatives, as well as learn about new products and infrastructure,” he said.