Black Meetings and Tourism

May/June 2012

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SITE REVIEW #1 QUEENSLAND AUSTRALIA: THE MILLION DOLLAR MEMO Coast, the Sunshine Coast, the Whitsundays and Tropical North Queensland, to compete for one million dollars worth of travel experiences inQueensland,Australia. InMarch 2011, TourismQueensland sent out aMillionDollarMemo inviting companies and workplaces worldwide to compete for the Ultimate Prize. This incentive was designed as a reward for great people who comprise great companies, as they are the building blocks to success. The campaign generated over $14 million worth of publicity for Queensland around the world. FromAugust 24th toAugust 31st the finalist competed in team building challenges, and ADR Group of Companies from Indonesia was announced as the winner.ADR plans send an extra 200 employees and they're families to Queensland to enjoy the prize at the companies own expense. The finalists enjoyed some of Queensland's best incentive T experiences including a luxurious stay atGold Coasts Palazzo Versace. Its not called Surfers Paradise for nothing. As the World's #1 Surf Beach, the 35kmcoastline is home to the per- fect waves and golden sands that attract surf enthusiasts and vacationers alike. The Palazzo Versace is the world's first fashion-branded hotel. The spectacular water- front setting brings the outdoors in through grand glass win- dows that are reminiscent of opulence once confined to the grand hotels ofEurope.The furnishings of the PalazzoVersace are all imported from Italy allowing for a truly authentic Italian ambiance.Each of the 200 suites and individual rooms has a "Juliet" balcony, an open plan bathroom with couple sized spa bath, vaulted ceilings and marble floors. Guests may experience award-winning cuisine without the need to leave the premises at theVanitasRestaurant for a tra- ditional multi course meal, or Vie Restaurant and Bar for a more contemporary experience.The PalazzoVersace has spe- cial incentive offers and meeting packages to assist meeting and convention planners in coordinating a flawless execution of a small or medium size event. For more of a private getaway, the Hyatt Regency Coolum features 324 hotel rooms, suites and villas organized in low-rise clusters surrounded by 24 By BRIENNE HERBERT Million Dollar Memo is an eight day incentive challenge event where 20 finalist were chosen to travel to selected locations on Australia's Gold natural Australian gardens, lakes and woodlands. The resort covers 370 acres of natural bushland along the Sunshine Coast. Dinning and entertain- ment options seem endless here as the architectur- al layout of the Hyatt Regency Coolum features a "Village" for guests to experience everything from spa services and fine dinning, to shopping and a round of golf. The 85-sq-metreWoodlandVillas are set in clus- ters throughout the property, each featuring a kitchenette, washer/dryer, marble bath, furnished balcony or patio, work desk and high-speed inter- net access. Kangaroos are easy to spot here as they wander around the property for curious visitors looking for a photo op. Don't worry, they're incredibly friendly crea- tures, and an experience that one can only find in a natural Australian habitat such as this. However relaxing The Sunshine Coast's natural landscape may be, nothing can replace Queenland's thriving city of Brisbane. Located on the east coast of Australia in the southeast corner of Queensland, Brisbane is the third largest city in Australia. Attractions such as Queens Street Mall, City Botanic Gardens, and the world famous South Bank give Brisbane a compet- itive advantage over its Australian competitors. Voted the "World's Best Public Project" in 2004 by The Wall Street Journal, South Bank offers 40 acres of leisure activities making it the city's pre- mier parkland precinct. Brisbane's urban villages, known as the West End, bring a touch of soul to the city. It's somewhat reminiscent of London's famous theater district bringing a sense of edgy sophistica- tion and eclectic diversity to the area. With the additional abundance of hotels, muse- ums, dinning and nightlife, its no wonder Brisbane is home to Australia's most awarded convention center. The Brisbane Convention & Exhibition Centre has raised the bar in top- notch meeting and convention planning. Officially ranked among the top three convention centers worldwide by the Association Internationale des Black Meetings & Tourism May/June 2012: Brisb

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