QUEENSLAND THE CORPORATE ESCAPE!
Lets face it Queensland is Australia's biggest Holiday destination known world wide for the Great Barrier Reef and the Gold Coast it's supported by a huge tourism industry from Cape York to Coolangatta.
And for every five star hotel or resort there are many more boutique corporate retreats & hideaways that many people have never heard of! So as educators of the Events Industry we are going to showcase some of those beautiful small venues that want to attract corporate groups! These are not the old two star bunkhouses or crappy motels that were around last century, they are new luxury venues where VIP’s are rewarded, where international celebrities go for a break, and where the locals choose to go!
Its where some of the worlds billionaires take friends to escape, where you can book sole occupancy and where you find 100% security and privacy.
Some venues never advertise and some you can only find on sites like AIR BNB some owe their success to being very private and have told us we must not mention them, some charge over $8,000 per night with a minimum 2 night booking. Some are by appointment only because they do not want to be disturbed with dozens of requests for quotes when they are already full! Fortunately they are full on weekends and still offer availability mid week - ideal for corporate groups!
So Lets Go:
Although this is a QLD feature, lets hop the border to Byron Bay which is just one hour south in NSW linked by a fantastic scenic dual highway direct from Gold Coast Airport there are several world class resorts, Gaia, Victoria’s, Elements and Byron at Byron plus on the Qld border there are new properties at Kingscliff, Carool, Coolangatta and Rainbow Beach. In the Gold Coast Hinterland and the Scenic Rim there are fantastic venues in Springbrook, Worlds End, Binnaburra, Lamington National Park, Cunungra and Mount Tamborine and on the Gold Coast we have only selected a few properties that you may not be aware of like Arundle Hills Country Club, Couran Cove on South Sradbroke (under new management), Bond University offers more theatres and spaces than any other venue in Queensland plus a few in the scenic rim part of the Gold Coast Hinterland like Ruffles, Bearded Dragon Cedar Creek Lodges, Songbirds and Pethers on Mount Tamborine so hidden even the locals haven't been there.
"Test Your Knowledge"
How many of these properties have you heard of? & more importantly How many have you seen?
- Arundle Hills Country Club
- Babalou at Kingscliff
- Bearded Dragon Tavern and Accommodation
- Best Western Lake Kawana Sunshine Coast
- Historic Bungunyah Manor (circa 1882)
- The Bunyip the Perfect Corporate venue
- Bond University Events Centre - Gold Coast
- Cedar Creek Lodges
- Coral Sea Resort on the Whitsunday mainland
- Couran Cove Resort
- Elements of Byron - Byron Bay
- Gaia a retreat in the Byron Hinterland
- Mount Mulligan outback escape to compete with El Questro
- Orpheus Island Sole Use Rental from $300k
- Osteria Weddings, Events and Functions
- Oaks Mon Komo
- O'Reillys Rainforest Retreat in Lamington National Park
- Park Regis North Quay Hotel
- Pethers Rainforest Retreat
- Ruffles Lodge and Spa
- Snobs Hideaway
- Teavine A Unique Gold Coast Experience
- Victoria’s At Wategos Byron Bay
So How did you go? If you said you know all of them! “Wrong” one is a made up name………….Click on the Links to find out which?
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Special thanks to Chelsea Hauschka who supplied this insight to Queensland Events in 2017
What's New in Queensland in 2017
As Queensland gears up to celebrate the Gold Coast 2018 Commonwealth Games, Australia's Sunshine State welcomes a host of new accommodation options, attractions and experiences in 2017.
From luxury villas on an Outback station and sleeping with sharks in Tropical North Queensland to welcoming the world's best at four new blockbuster events and sailing the Great Barrier Reef from Cape Tribulation – here are 9 new reasons to (re-)visit Queensland in 2017:
ONE YEAR OUT FROM THE GOLD COAST 2018 COMMONWEALTH GAMES (GC2018)
Queensland is gearing up to host the largest sporting event in Australia this decade and 2017 will see a flurry of activity and festivities with the celebration of one year out from GC2018 (4 April 2017) and the start of the worldwide baton relay from Buckingham Palace through 70 Commonwealth nations to Australia.
From 4-15 April 2018, 6,600 athletes and team officials from 70 nations and territories will flock to the Sunshine State for GC2018. Billion-dollar infrastructure projects and the completion of sporting venues are well underway and the Gold Coast is buzzing with excitement fueled by a growing scene of creatives and young entrepreneurs opening new businesses – from restaurants and funky cafes to art galleries and designer boutiques.
BRISBANE ON THE RISE
2016 saw a flurry of new hotel openings in Brisbane with many more opening their doors in 2017. Add to this some great new restaurants, urban haunts, two new events and one major exhibition and you start to understand why Brisbane will be THE place to visit in the new year.
New hotels expected to open in 2017: W Hotel is finally making its way to Queensland with the construction of a $800 million, 305-room six-star hotel in Brisbane's CBD, expected to open on 22 December 2017. Emporium 2 – The Emporium Hotel Group's new five star, 146-room hotel in South Bank is scheduled for completion in late 2017. The redevelopment of the Howard Smith Wharves into a five-star, 164-room boutique Art Series Hotel, alongside urban chic restaurants, cafes, coffee-roasting and a craft brewery – all located under Brisbane's iconic Story Bridge - is scheduled to be unveiled in mid-2017.
NEW AND UNIQUE ACCOMMODATION OPTIONS
A new luxury Outback lodge is set to open on North Queensland's Mount Mulligan Station in mid-2017. The 12 luxury accommodations will boast majestic views of the stunning 400m high cliff face (ten times larger than Uluru) and offer guests a bespoke and world-class experience of a working Outback station.
If you're more drawn towards the colourful underwater world of the Great Barrier Reef, visit the Cairns Aquarium (set to open in April 2017) where the sleepover experience allows you to snuggle into bed with hammerhead sharks and their mates circling you in their open ocean lagoon (if you dare!).
You can also bunker down in one of 15 new environmentally sustainable safari tents planned for the Green Mountain Campground in the World Heritage-listed Lamington National Park – a rainforest system that's been around for 100 million years. The safari tents have rainforest and mountain views and will be operated by O'Reilly's Rainforest Retreat. Construction is set to begin mid-2017.
50TH ANNIVERSARY OF NAMING THE SUNSHINE COAST
Have you ever been to the Near North Coast? Chances are you have. The year 2017 marks the 50th anniversary of the official naming of the Sunshine Coast under the Queensland Act on 1 August 1967, replacing the term 'Near North Coast'. With activities and celebrations planned for 2017, it's time to revisit the Sunshine Coast. If you think you've seen it all, escape to the Sunshine Coast Hinterland. Learn about the region's fresh local produce on a tour through the Hinterland where you'll meet the producers. Harvest, spin and taste honey with the help of Paula West – or Queen Bee – who is saving the world one honey bee at a time with her Adopt A Beehive social enterprise. Then, travel to Brouhaha Brewery in Maleny and meet Head Brewer and Founder, Matt Jancauskas who is using local ingredients such as finger limes, sour cherries and raspberries to create different saisons that will convert even the most discerning wine drinker. At the end of a great day, get up close with Maxi, Gracey and all the other camels at the Sunshine Coast's only camel farm, QCamel during a Camels and Canapes tour – all to the backdrop of the majestic Glasshouse Mountains.
SAIL (AWAY) TO THE OUTER GREAT BARRIER REEF
From 1 April 2017, Sailaway will expand its operations to Cape Tribulation offering a premium sailing experience to the outer Great Barrier Reef. Step onto the sandy beach of Cape Tribulation in the Daintree National Park and clamber aboard Sailaway's luxury sailing catamaran for a relaxed eco-adventure to the outer Great Barrier Reef. The full-day tour includes guided snorkelling tours with a marine biologist and glass bottom boat tours to the pristine reefs of Mackay and Undine Coral Cays.
PITCH PERFECT: IT'S TIME TO HIT THE ROAD
Caravans and camping holidays are back in vogue with Tourism Research Australia releasing data showing the largest growth in the history of data collection for domestic caravaning and camping trips. And it's the not-so-grey nomads (20-29 year olds) who are fuelling the growth, accounting for 18 per cent of caravaning and camping trips (up 19 per cent) for the year ending June 2016. This means it's time to hit the road in 2017. Don't know where to go? We've scoped out the best caravaning itineraries and camping spots for you here.
RECOUNT AUSTRALIAN HISTORY IN WORLD HERITAGE SURROUNDS
2017 marks the 80th anniversary of the famous Stinson Plane crash. To commemorate the anniversary of the Stinson airliner disappearance on 19 February 1937 and to celebrate the life of Bernard O'Reilly, who heroically saved the lives of two plane crash survivors, O'Reilly's Rainforest Retreat is hosting two walks on 17-19 February. Follow in the footsteps of Bernard O'Reilly and gather at the crash site to listen to a history talk and enjoy some fresh billy tea. Afterwards, indulge in a vino-therapy spa treatment (hey- you deserve it!) and retreat to your private villa overlooking the World Heritage-listed rainforest.
LANEWAY CULTURE HITS TOOWOOMBA
In 2017, we expect to see more eateries popping up in the laneways across Toowoomba. Imagine the atmosphere of a food festival in a Melbourne laneway. That's the kind of vibe you can expect when you head to Walton Stores in Toowoomba. This new urban haunt is thriving with energy from an eclectic mix of cafes, laneways, restaurants, shops and boutiques that pay homage to the historic area while staying contemporary. Tip: Head to Full Of Life Organics for the best chai latte in Southern Queensland Country. Coffee in hand, check out Australia's largest outdoor galleries. Toowoomba's streets and laneways are home to over 55 street art murals.
This corporate feature will be live 6th December for a year and we welcome your support advising new venues, points of interest or simply recommending a venue after a successful event!
We were recently informed the Brisbane Polo Club was sold in 2015 when BRISBANE’S chukka set accepted a $10 million offer from Singaporean developer and hotelier Koh Wee Meng for its heritage-listed digs in Mary St.
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Food for thought? What makes a great corporate venue is it the luxurious, the quality, the attention to detail, the professional staff or the delegates that attend?
Here is a snippet from the Jetstar Magazine by Amy Mills
"Not so long ago, the Gold Coast was best known for its theme parks, beaches and the Surfers Paradise glitter strip, but the city has transformed into an exciting, creative and entrepreneurial mecca. With the Gold Coast gearing up for the 2018 Commonwealth Games, upmarket eateries, fine-dining restaurants, designer markets and cool pop-up bars opening every week, and premium global brands opening their doors in the city, the 'Goldie', as locals affectionately call it, has grown up."
As with all good planning we know if you have the right infrastructure you can attract the best! and for the MICE industry that is those corporate high flyers the top 100 companies. The ones the PCO's and EMC's target and enjoy working for knowing they have the budget which gives them the opportunity to be creative, to win awards to challenge themselves and give us something to write about that keeps your interest.
We asked Glen Lehman CSEP AFMEA Managing Director, Lehman & Associates
What do you look for when hiring a corporate venue?
There are so many things to consider here.
When looking for a corporate venue we look for the support team and obviously if they can handle the event.
In recent years we have looked for a venue that can handle around 400 delegates and if they can handle our booking system.
Usually we do not handle room bookings or travel requirements as these are looked after by the client or a ground handler.
The Events industry is in a state of flux at the moment because most corporate organisations have their own in-house events team and we now take on the responsibility of making them more professional as part of their team.
Obviously location is important and also proximity to team activities such as fishing, golf, etc
The big change in the Industry is the Experiential agencies, that look after, advertising, marketing, public relations and the events.
We recently looked after 9 people for an Auntie’s 100th birthday , so our events are not always mega.
What is it that makes you a Corporate Event Specialist?
Our corporate event speciality is creativity.
This obviously depends on the brief, the budget, the client’s requirements for outcomes and the desired WOW factor
We have been around for a while but it is always my responsibility to find the latest and greatest at the best price.
Technical support is constantly updating so we have to be constantly working with the best suppliers who know what they are doing.
Where possible we only work with our suppliers, so that the client is constantly supported by the same team, even though they are consultants or contracters
What was your best corporate event and where?
One of the best corporate events was for the International Law Society which had a conference theme of Building Bridges.
So we produced the event for 2,000 delegates for dinner on Pyrmont Bridge
The Marquee covered the entire length of the bridge with sound stages at either end. As the bridge has no access from the city end, everything had to be delivered and constructed from there and then extended back to Ultimo. We decided that it was like staging World War 3.
With bathrooms, 9 kitchens, 2 stages with dance floors, and an army of staff and 9 months of approvals.
The other was an event for a bank, where we took everyone to Hell at the Australian Technology Park.
1,200 guests came for cocktails and when they signed in, there were 2 registration books, one white for the good souls and one black for the naughties.
Everyone was in the black book and they were given a gold coin to pay the Ferryman to cross the River Stix, which was in fact a laser tunnel.
When they exited they were surrounded by ice walls with champagne bottles inserted in them and ice bowls of strawberries.
The party was on. Welcome address from the MD, food, drinks and entertainment
The entertainment was built into ‘puddles’ of light, sound and staging, as each arena came to life the guests moved. It was like herding sheep with no announcement
The finale was the dance party which I called Purgatory. It was fabulous.
In 2017 we will host more famils to Queensland than ever before register now for Byron Bay, Gold Coast, Stradbroke, Scenic Rim, Brisbane CBD, Sunshine Coast and to all the venues above!
To qualify you must be planning an event with at least 10 nights accommodation be able to check dates so we both know the venue is available and finally to you fly up at your expense which you can then negotiate reimbursement pending your booking, we can arrange a tour for you to visit and inspect several venues in a day completely free of charge no booking fees or commission you deal direct we just introduce you.
And if you cannot get the boss to give you a few days off researching venue opportunities just request a sales pack and video link or simply ask us which ones are available.