Published on : Saturday, March 24, 2018
Incentive planners seeking a fresh destination option where inspiring ideas, cultural immersion and amazing nature-based experiences are integral components, need look no further than Darwin and the Northern Territory (NT) region known colloquially as the ‘Top End’.
This lush and tropical northernmost tip of the Northern Territory is home to the cosmopolitan capital of Darwin, which is also Australia’s closest gateway to Asia. For incentive programs involving participants from the Asia Pacific, Darwin is a mere two hour flight away from Indonesia, with Singapore just four hours. Domestic flights into Darwin are also plentiful from a wide range of Australian capital cities and regional destinations, enabling participation from throughout the country.
Darwin’s accommodation offering for the incentive sector is soon to be enhanced with the arrival of a new $250 million luxury hotel on the Darwin Waterfront in 2020. Marriott International will open a new Westin property, the eight-story luxury hotel having extensive water and city views and easy access to the nearby Darwin Convention Centre and the bustling restaurants and cafes of the Darwin Waterfront Precinct. The hotel will have 240 guest rooms including 14 suites, three dining venues and 1,100 square metres of meeting and event space, as well as an Executive Lounge. The hotel’s extensive leisure facilities will include a fitness studio, resort-style swimming pool and The Heavenly Spa by Westin.
Darwin has capacity to deliver exclusive shopping excursions for pearls and fabulous crocodile skin products, as well as relaxed visits to vibrant outdoor markets where VIP areas are happily arranged for incentive visitors. The city offers diverse multi-cultural dining options with fresh NT seafood always a feature. It’s possible to visit giant “saltie” crocs up close, alive and kicking in their enclosures in the heart of the city and there’s even a chance to take a dive in for a closer look. The expansive harbour and waterways enable luxury vessel sailing, cruising and fishing excursions, while visiting the city’s famous open-air deck-chair cinema is a must for a memorable night under the stars.
Darwin is also the portal to the World Heritage-listed Kakadu, Australia’s largest national park, with its riches of wildlife and stunning landscapes, as well as luxury boutique wilderness lodges and corporate retreats, just perfect for unforgettable incentive experiences. Further afield, the untouched natural beauty and ancient Indigenous culture of Arnhem Land provides special insights into extraordinary artworks in situ and the fascinating lifestyle of the most traditional of Indigenous communities.