Published on : Monday, March 26, 2018
Darwin is Australia’s closest gateway city to Asia is currently boosting its economy with MICE Tourism. Its award-winning international and domestic airport make it readily accessible for business events or delegates coming from throughout Australia, as well as the Asian marketplace and beyond, being just a two hour flight from Indonesia and four hours from Singapore.
Nowhere is the Northern Territory’s status as one of Australia’s fastest-growing economies more evident than in this relaxed and cosmopolitan harbour city. The city’s strategic location places it at the forefront of the Australian Federal Government’s initiative of ‘Developing Northern Australia’. The NT’s various industry strengths and specializations in tropical and remote health, mining, oil and gas, renewable energy, aquaculture and broader agribusiness provide added impetus to attract business events.
These sectors provide access to expert local speakers, a range of interesting off-site technical tour options and a significant specialised local workforce which can enhance delegate attendance and local support at relevant events. In combination with the newly-launched Northern Territory Business Events Support Fund, which can assist qualified events for which the NT is under consideration, there is much that appeals to event planners.
The accommodation portfolio of Darwin is currently offering over 4,200 rooms ranging across hotels, motels, apartments and beachside resorts. A new $250 million luxury Westin hotel currently under construction on the Darwin Waterfront will add 240 rooms to that total when it opens in 2020. The hotel, which will occupy a 2.9 hectare site and include three dining venues and 1,100 square metres of meeting and event space, is located adjacent to the hugely popular Waterfront Precinct and just a short walk to the convention centre.
The Precinct Tavern has just opened a new permanent outdoor deck on the lawns overlooking the Waterfront Wave Pool. The A$750,000 covered deck provides a new space for informal welcome, closing or casual dining functions for conferences. In combination with the tavern, the property has capacity for up to 700 guests.