Darwin delights delegates

Kate Webster

Darwin stunned thirteen lucky conference and event planners recently during a four day showcase of the tropical, harbour city.

The delegates were hosted by the Northern Territory Convention Bureau (NTCB), in partnership with the Darwin Convention Centre.

The VIP delegates attending “Meet Darwin 2016” represented a broad range of national associations, societies, institutes, not-for-profit organisations and companies from throughout the country.  They saw and experienced the very best of Darwin, as well as gaining insights into the capacity and capability of the world-class 1200-seat Darwin Convention Centre.

“The centre is fantastic,” said delegate Ophelie Segura, Business Development and Event Manager with LJ Hooker.

“It’s a boutique convention centre, so it has all the great facilities and the space is really big, which gives us big flexibility in what we can achieve. But at the same time, it’s quite easy to get around and it’s located in a beautiful spot with a waterfront venue.”

While in Darwin, the delegates met with NT business and industry leaders, visited attractions, accommodation and hospitality venues and experienced unique Indigenous cultural activities.

The Hon Peter Styles MLA spoke at theJanet Hamilton, General Manager of the Darwin Convention Centre said , providing an overview of Darwin as a thriving business centre and how it plays an integral role in the Federal Government’s vision for developing Northern Australia.

Michael Tennant, Chief Executive, of the NT Government’s Department of Business, gave a talk on doing business in the NT whilst Janine Fidock, General Manager of Tourism Top End elaborated upon the city’s “Darwin Welcomes Delegates” scheme for conferences.

“If we decide to host a conference in Darwin, everything would be so easy because we’ve created such a strong network in a short amount of time. I’ve found that so impressive. That, for me, is a bonus that none of the other cities have. It puts Darwin on the top of the list for sure,” said Ophelie Segura.

The hosts were equally pleased with the success of “Meet Darwin 2016”.

“Now in its ninth year, the “Meet Darwin” joint program has proven to be one of our most successful initiatives to attract future conferences to our Centre,”said Janet Hamilton, General Manager of the Darwin Convention Centre.

She summed up the reasons why the destination has such strong appeal.

“Our city offers strategic access to Asia, unique Top End experiences, a stunning waterfront, year-round tropical climate, and a warm, friendly culture.  Darwin and our world-class 1200-seat convention centre have the capability to deliver special and memorable conferences, making it the ideal business events destination for Australian and Asian delegates.”

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