Event planners from Singapore were hosted on a recent familiarisation trip to Darwin in May as part of the inaugural Meet Darwin International programme, in a bid to court more business events from the neighbouring Asian source markets.
The programme is a joint effort between the Northern Territory Convention Bureau and the Darwin Convention Centre.
In Darwin, planners visited key meetings venues as well as medical support facilities such as the Royal Flying Doctor Service and the National Critical Care and Trauma Response Centre (NCCTRC). The globally-recognised NCCTRC provides training for emergency services medical staff and is also Australia's first responder to major offshore incidents.
Planners from Singapore were hosted on a familiarisation as part of Meet Darwin International.
"We find that giving event planners the opportunity to visit the Top End is the best way to secure new business because many have not been to Darwin before and are positively surprised by our world-class facilities, friendly hospitality and unique experiences," said Peter Savoff, general manager of Darwin Convention Centre.
At the world-class 1,200-seat centre, planners were treated to a new 'Seven Seasons' themed dinner, which is inspired by the Gulumoerrgin (Larrakia) seasons calendar and Aboriginal culture.
Other spectacular highlights of the four-day trip included a cruise of the Nitmiluk (Katherine) Gorge, helicopter ride over Nitmiluk National Park and dining experience at a wilderness retreat in the Katherine, located in the Top End region.
Planners also visited the Katherine Outback Experience, which is known for its horse-riding and cattle dog demonstrations, live music and bush tales.
"Unique experiences and activities, meaningful community engagement, multicultural cuisine, a rich and fascinating Aboriginal culture, vibrant festivals and events and a stunning waterfront," remarked Rebecca McCaig, director of NT Convention Bureau.