Published on April 3, 2014
Slide heading here AUSTRALIA A pitching tool for business event planners in New Zealand
Slide heading here Phillip Island Penguin Parade, Victoria Fast Facts • Geography: The world’s smallest continent and largest island • Population: 23 million, 85 per cent of which live near the coast • Weather: Mild and pleasant climate which varies depending on region • Culture: Variety of cultural, ethnic, linguistic and religious backgrounds • Currency: Australian Dollar (AUD)
Slide heading here Why Australia? A recent survey of 550 company managers ranked Australia top one or two in a number of key business events categories including: • A range of quality accommodation offerings • Value for money options to suit all budgets • A safe and secure destination • World-class business event facilities • A short flight from New Zealand Based on data collected in the 2013 Business Events Australia Consumer Demand Project Kata Tjuta (The Olgas), Northern Territory
Slide heading here Getting to Australia • Three hours to Sydney from Auckland • Direct flights from the North and South Island to Sydney, Brisbane, Melbourne and the Gold Coast • Direct flights from Auckland to Adelaide, Perth, Cairns and the Sunshine Coast • Five key international airlines including: Qantas, Virgin Australia, Jetstar, Air New Zealand and Emirates Sailing on Sydney Harbour
Slide heading here Getting around Australia • Extensive domestic air travel network connecting all major cities and regions • Good airport infrastructure facilitates ease of connections between domestic and international flights • Qantas, Virgin Australia and Jetstar operate domestic sectors Popular Combinations Hours Cairns - Uluru 2:35 Melbourne - Cairns 2:25 Melbourne - Gold Coast 2:00 Perth - Broome 2:30 Sydney - Brisbane 1:30 Sydney - Cairns 3:10 Sydney - Perth 5:10 Sydney - Uluru 3:25 Sydney - Whitsundays 2:30
Slide heading here Best time to travel to Australia • Any time - Australia is a year round destination • Travel in the tropical north is best between April and September • Winters in Australia are generally mild
Slide heading here Signature Experiences • Climb to the top of the famous Sydney Harbour Bridge • Dine under a glittering canopy of stars in Uluru (Ayers Rock) • Whale-watching along the spectacular coastline • Bespoke dinner set amongst World Heritage Listed rainforest • Cuddle a koala and feed a kangaroo at a wildlife sanctuary Top five aspirational team activities voted by corporate decision makers in New Zealand Sydney Harbour BridgeClimb
Slide heading here What others have said about Australia • “I’m not sure that there’s anywhere else that truly shows the wow factor like Australia does.” • “Just when you think you've seen it all, Australia throws more amazing incentive ideas at you.” • “I’m wondering why we consider any other destination when Australia has so much to offer so close to home.” Testimonials of business event agents from New Zealand who recently visited Australia The Twelve Apostles, Victoria
Slide heading here Heart Reef, The Whitsundays
Slide heading here Whitsundays and Sydney Program Day 1 Day 2 Day 3 Day 4 Day 5 Day 6 GET GOING Check in at qualia on Hamilton Island’s secluded northern tip, named on the Condé Nast Traveler Readers’ Choice Awards’ 2014 Gold List Breakfast at the Long Pavilion (add a little luxury with time at Spa qualia, a sanctuary high above the Whitsundays offering hot stone massages using 300- million-year-old stones) Transfer to Sydney following breakfast at the Long Pavilion prepared by qualia Chef Alastair Waddell who received a Hotel Management Award for Best Hotel Chef in 2012 Fuel up with a delicious breakfast before taking a guided walking tour of the historic Rocks area to discover hidden cobbled lanes, shady courtyards and convict history Climb aboard a performance sailing boat at Rushcutters Bay for an adventurous morning on Sydney Harbour After breakfast at the Shangri-La Hotel the group will be transferred to the Sydney International Airport for their return flight EXPERIENCE Get your toes in the sand or an oar in the water at a perfect beach, basking in Whitsunday sunshine. Charter to Whitehaven Beach (TripAdvisor Travellers’ Choice Beaches Awards 2013, No. 1 in Australia and No. 3 in the world) with lunch and afternoon tea on board Tour on Harley Davidsons - cross Sydney Harbour Bridge and journey to Bondi Beach for lunch at Bondi Icebergs overlooking the stunning cliffs of south Bondi Your Skipper will guide the group to Shark Island, a beautiful and exclusive destination for lunch (nestled in the middle of Port Jackson) EXPLORE Enjoy the beautiful scenery of the Whitsundays with pre-dinner drinks and meet and have your photo taken with local star Elvis the Koala Join a relaxing sunset sea kayak tour with a glass of sparkling wine Be welcomed to the Shangri-La Hotel Sydney with an aperitif at the Blu Bar, offering uninterrupted views of Sydney’s Harbour Bridge Jump on a seaplane flight over Sydney’s harbour and famous northern beaches for a stunning perspective of the coastline Tour the Royal Botanic Gardens to discover the Indigenous heritage of the Cadigal people, the traditional owners of this land ENJOY Dine at Coca Chu South East Asian cuisine, with the best views of Catseye Beach - with its long sandy curve bound by the tropical waters of the Great Barrier Reef Host a five-course exclusive dining experience at the water’s edge under the southern constellations Take a short stroll to Café Sydneyon the rooftop of Customs House (for 150 years, Customs House has been the trade gateway for goods and people flowing into Sydney) Dine on unsurpassed seafood at the famous Doyles on the Beach at Watson’s Bay Enjoy a farewell dinner at Taronga Zoo - discover Australian wildlife up close while you enjoy drinks, canapés and dinner overlooking the harbour SLEEP qualia’s private pavilions overlook the Whitsundays Wake to stunning harbour views from the comfort of your room at the Shangri-La Hotel
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Slide heading here Adelaide and Uluru Program Day 1 Day 2 Day 3 Day 4 Day 5 Day 6 GET GOING Check-in to Hilton Hotel Adelaide, awarded the 2013 TripAdvisor Certificate of Excellence Transfer to Adelaide Domestic Airport for your flight to Uluru where your outback adventure begins Hear stories hidden in the stars before a freshly cooked bushman’s breakfast as the sun rises Enjoy a sunrise Breakfast overlooking Australia’s natural landmarks before transferring to back to Adelaide Enjoy a morning hot air balloon ride followed by a scenic Australian sparkling wine breakfast Enjoy breakfast at the Hilton Adelaide Hotel EXPERIENCE Explore the city at leisure or take a private tour of Adelaide Central Markets with Mark Gleeson, stallholder for over 20 years for an interactive experience with the local merchants Check-in to your rooms at Sails in the Desert, a luxurious contrast to Uluru’s raw natural beauty Hear creation stories in the words of the Anangu people and explore ancient rock paintings as you walk to Mutitjulu Waterhole, where red sandstone walls stand several hundred feet high Visit Chateau Tanunda (Australia’s largest and oldest Chateau) and test your skills as winemaker for the day Transfer to Adelaide International Airport for your flight home EXPLORE At Glenelg, a charming seaside resort, climb aboard a boat to cruise and spot wild dolphins chasing the boat Explore Kata Tjuta (a mighty rock formation also known as The Olgas) as a local guide explains how it has evolved over millions of years Visit the Uluru-Kata Tjuta Cultural Centre. Return to the hotel for lunch before a private Indigenous spear throwing, boomerang, didgeridoo or sand drawing workshop Travel to the beautiful Barossa Valley, famous for bold red wines and some of Australia’s most renowned food experiences Lunch on regional gourmet products before challenging the team to a game of croquet on the lawns of the chateau ENJOY Drinks and canapés on board your boat as the sun sets before welcoming the group back to an exclusive dining experience on the shores of Glenelg Beach Refreshments and the colours of the sunset over Uluru and Kata Tjuta before a casual dining experience by the pool, lined by stunning gum trees Arrive at the Sounds of Silence Dinner on camel back to dine under the stars, see a traditional Indigenous performance and hear a star talker decode the exceptionally clear southern night sky A three-course table of seasonal and local produce, overlooking the rolling hills of the Barossa Valley Red Ochre Grill Restaurant (famous for unique Australian dining) will host a three-course dinner for your group in a private dining room SLEEP Hilton Adelaide Hotel in the heart of the city Sails in the Desert, named after the soaring white sails on the venue’s roof Novotel Barossa Valley - a haven nestled in the vineyards Hilton Adelaide Hotel
Slide heading here Sounds of Silence Dinner, Uluru
Slide heading here To make pitching Australia easier access Australia videos at http://video.australia.com Australia images at http://www.images.australia.com Search for Business Events Resources for your pitch
Slide heading here For more information or to start planning visit australia.com/businessevents
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