Latest News & Articles
Keep up-to-date with the latest news, articles and media releases from the Business Events Cairns and Great Barrier Reef Industry.
Australia’s first offshore nursery gives birth
Corals grown in Australia’s first offshore coral nursery at Fitzroy Island off Cairns have spawned for the first time after being planted on the Great Barrier Reef four years ago.
Who Needs Cannes When You Have Cairns
Cannes in Cairns has set the bar high for the new must-have at your next business event. The conference for the advertising industry was not about to let a COVID delay (or three) dampen their spirits, putting on a Pinterest-worthy display of luxe for the Welcome Party, complete with a 27m ferris wheel.
Industry Educational Program Returns to Cairns & Great Barrier Reef
The first iteration for 2022 of the reinvented ‘BE Immersed’ educational program was held last month by Business Events Cairns & Great Barrier Reef. Two bespoke itineraries highlighted new products as well as those products that have provided years of exceptional immersive experiences for business events in the region.
8 Ways to be a More Eco-Conscious Event Manager
In case you missed it, there’s a green-tourism revolution afoot, with travellers increasingly making more conscious choices. Business events are a big driver of travel so let’s keep the green momentum going for delegates.
Nurturing Nature & Delegates
Business events can reduce their environmental impact, ensure events are staged with a greater purpose, and provide a sense of achievement for delegates who attend.
The Fun Stuff on the Agenda
Cairns & Great Barrier Reef is the only place where two World Heritage areas meet. The Great Barrier Reef and the Wet Tropics Rainforest are natural delegate boosters for any conference or event; nature’s playground inspiring great moments.
Raising the Bar
The bar scene in Cairns & Great Barrier Reef is as hot as the tropical sun. Laneway bars and distilleries, micro-breweries (one overlooking a sugar cane field), cocktail lounges, and rooftop bars are ready to welcome delegates.
Cairns & Great Barrier Reef Unveils New Look Stand
Anticipation to attend the Asia-Pacific Incentives & Meetings Event next week in Melbourne is at an all-time high for Business Events Cairns & Great Barrier Reef. Last month, Get Local Expo in Sydney was the bureau’s first foray into face-to-face tradeshows in two years so we’re beyond excited to be able to showcase the destination again.
Connect Delegates to Country
Cairns & Great Barrier Reef is the only region in Australia with two distinct Indigenous cultures; Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people have been continuously active longer than any other culture on the planet.
Cairns Engineers a Connection to Country
The Institute of Public Works Engineering Australasia – Queensland Annual Conference (IPWEAQ) was one of the first conferences held in the Cairns Convention Centre since reopening in May after a full refurbishment.
Accommodation on the Centre Stage
Accommodation options in Cairns & Great Barrier Reef are increasing, renewing and delighting delegates. Investment in the region is at an all time high, with new hotels and hotel refurbishments topping many What’s New lists this year!
A New-Look Cairns & Great Barrier Reef
A lot has changed in Cairns & Great Barrier Reef in the last five years, with investment in the region at an all-time high. After two years of COVID-affected travel, we invite you back to explore the improved ‘natural place to meet’.
Delegates contribute to reef health
As a natural delegate booster, it’s hard to go past the world’s most extraordinary reef; the World Heritage-listed Great Barrier Reef.
Minimise the impact of where your delegates lay their head
As Crystalbrook Collection expands across Australia, their three Cairns-based properties lead the way on their mantra “travel with a lighter footprint”.
Whatever the weather, Cairns is the natural place to meet
Cairns & Great Barrier Reef is a full sensory experience for delegates. Our seasons deliver warm days all year. Regular rainfall over summer and autumn keeps the landscape a rich green; the rainforest is at its most lush and waterfalls are full and spectacular for pre and post-touring adventures.
Beer that helps the Great Barrier Reef
Cairns & Great Barrier Reef is the natural place to meet… and eat and drink! Ask anyone who’s visited, and they’ll tell you discovering our reef and rainforest is thirsty work.
Introduce your delegates to the world’s oldest rainforest
Skyrail Rainforest Cableway is an experience through Australia’s most famous rainforest, the Wet Tropics, whose ancestry predates dinosaurs and is home to 15 of the 26 families of ancient flowering plants in the world, just to name a few accolades.
Ready, headset, go! Sampling Cairns & Great Barrier Reef virtually
You can get a taste of what it’s like to jump off Australia’s only bungy tower but keep your feet firmly planted on the ground, thanks to Business Events Cairns & Great Barrier Reef’s new virtual reality headsets.
Delegates Immersed in Cairns & Great Barrier Reef
The new-look event ‘BE Immersed: Cairns & Great Barrier Reef’, evolved from the long-running Sell TNQ educational program, was held earlier this month.
Business Events Cairns & Great Barrier Reef appoints specialist
Destination specialists Clockwise Consulting have been appointed to bolster efforts in attracting business events to Cairns & Great Barrier Reef.
Cairns & Great Barrier Reef launches immersive meeting program
The new-look event ‘BE Immersed: Cairns & Great Barrier Reef’ has evolved from the long-running popular Sell TNQ educational program for Australian meeting planners.
Planning underway for Sell TNQ 2021
Plans are underway for Cairns & Great Barrier Reef’s educational program, Sell TNQ to be held in 2021, welcoming industry partners back to the region.
Visit Cairns & Great Barrier Reef from anywhere in the world
Business Events Cairns & Great Barrier Reef has launched virtual site inspections to showcase venues to event organisers on the other side of closed borders and the world.
Cairns & Great Barrier Reef trivia wows business event planners
An online trivia game has put the fun back into understanding the business events offering in Cairns & Great Barrier Reef with 40 Australian conference and incentive organisers participating in the new format.
Cairns & Great Barrier Reef open for business
Business events operators in Cairns & Great Barrier Reef have been welcoming visitors at venues and accommodation which are all operating under Queensland’s COVID-Safe plans.