Destination Guide: Australia

Australia set to boost events offer

Australia is set to boost its events appeal with a raft of new property developments and support for association event planners.

Australia set to boost events offer: The Olsen
Australia set to boost events offer: The Olsen

Tourism Australia has teamed up with the country’s convention bureaux and centres to launch the Australia Associations Project.

The project will target the associations market by offering support and access to Australian government and industry leaders to help improve content and boost delegate attendance. 

Venue developments in Australia include:

  • The Olsen opened in Melbourne, Victoria in April with 229 suites showcasing the works of landscape artist John Olsen, plus a spa and two restaurants.
  • The Blackman is also due to open Melbourne in August. The property is named after illustrator Charles Blackman, and will showcase his artwork throughout.   It will also offer 209 rooms, two restaurants and a gym.
  • The historic Grand Mercure Hadleys Hotel will reopen in September following a £17m extension. The property, which was built in 1830, will offer an additional 128 suites to its existing 71 rooms, along with a new restaurant and cafe. The hotel will also offer six event spaces, the largest of which will have capacity for 200 delegates.
  • Tower Estate in the Hunter Valley, New South Wales, has opened a new private dining space in a converted wine cellar, Nine. The room seats up to 16 delegates. 
  • The Spicers Balfour Hotel is set to open in Brisbane, Queensland in September with nine rooms, meeting space for 18 delegates, a dining room, library, and a rooftop bar with city and Story Bridge views.

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