Are you in pre-planning mode and wondering where to hold your 2018 conference, but are struggling to find the perfect destination? Well, look no further, because Canberra is it!
As a planned city, Canberra has been designed perfectly to make meeting easy. The past two months alone have seen almost 4,000 delegates meet in the capital, making it one of Australia’s premier conference locations. From dentists and researchers to linguists and criminologists, we’re geared to host all types of gatherings.
While we could go on and on about why Canberra is your top pick for a conference location, we’ll keep it short and stick to the top five:
- Old meets new—and everything in between
First and foremost, Canberra offers a range of diverse conference centres ready to suit any format.
If you’re after something traditional, the National Convention Centre is award-winning. The venue boasts a variety of spaces on any scale, able to cater for any function—no matter the size.
If you’re looking for an overnight option so your guests can roll out of bed and straight into the function, why not check out Canberra’s range of dynamic hotels. All close to the CBD, QT, Hotel Kurrajong and Hotel Realm offer various onsite conference packages with breakfast included.
For something steeped in history, Old Parliament House is sure to impress. Located 10 minutes from the CBD, the original Parliament House of Australia features beautiful 1920’s architecture and gorgeous courtyards. With in-house catering and guided tours, this venue is sure to set your conference apart from the others and make it one to remember.
- Unbeatable access to the experts
Often regarded the ‘smart capital’, Canberra has some of the best and brightest minds in the country.
Being home to some of the top universities in the world, including the ,including the Australian National University (ANU) and the University of Canberra (UC), Canberra has an abundance of experts and working professionals to include in your agenda as a guest speaker.
If that’s not enough, Canberra is also the centre of Australian Parliament, giving you access to range of politicians and government departments.
- Getting from A to B
Whether you’re expecting people from interstate or overseas, driving yourself, or using public transport, Canberra is easy to get around.
As a smaller city, rush hour is almost obsolete, so you and your guests won’t have to stress about traffic impacting your agenda.
The modern airport will allow your guests to be welcomed in style, and with the recent addition of an international terminal, guests coming from some overseas gateways can touch down directly in Canberra.
- There’s plenty to do and see
Don’t be concerned about keeping your delegates entertained. Canberra is packed with activities to suit a variety of different interests.
Learn about Australia’s defence force history at the iconic Australian War Memorial, meet a cheetah at the National Zoo and Aquarium or visit the Arboretum and wander around one of the many forests featuring endangered and rare trees.
During Springtime, Canberra’s famous flower show, Floriade takes centre stage, showcasing thousands of beautiful blooms in a range of designs. In March dozens of hot air balloons fly through the sky in the unmissable Balloon Spectacular.
- Award-winning food and drink
When it comes to food and drink, there’s no denying Canberra has an option for every tastebud.
Canberra’s wineries are some of the best in business and places like Pialligo Estate or Lake George will allow your delegates to spend their evenings wine tasting and soaking up the beautiful surrounding country side.
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