Australia’s beautiful beaches and sweeping natural landscapes are well-known. But it’s the truly unique offerings that lie nestled within that can transform your next business event from ordinary to extraordinary. State-of-the-art venues, world-class accommodation and infrastructure are complemented by unique wildlife, top food and wine, and countless experiences that deliver the ‘wow factor’. It’s a place that stimulates creative thinking, a fresh approach and real business results, proving why there’s nothing like Australia for your next business event.
Scenic Outdoor Venues
Capacity: 300 (cocktail or seated)
A slice of tropical paradise awaits at Hayman Island in the Whitsundays, but it’s not just about basking by the pool on this private Queensland Island. Nine different outdoor spaces are available for exclusive hire, from the intimate rainforest grove to suit small groups of up to 60 guests to the expansive sandy shores of Hayman Beach which can host up to 300 delegates.
In the Hanging Garden
Capacity: 600 (cocktail)
This contemporary cultural precinct in central Hobart features two levels of tiered gardens which are ideal for large groups. The venue’s function areas include beer gardens, bars, and kitchens, but it’s the spacious lower lawn that can accommodate up to 600 guests for an al fresco event. Most impressive is the 18-metre-tall cathedral-like structure which shelters the lawn area, providing an all-weather space for a garden gathering.
Sounds of Silence
Uluru, Northern Territory
Capacity: 300 (seated only)
For groups of up to 300, Australia’s Sounds of Silence dinner can be booked exclusively and offers a taste of the outback with views of the iconic rock formation Uluru in Australia’s Red Centre. Delegates can drink in the sunset whilst enjoying gourmet canapes to the sounds of a didgeridoo, then indulge in a bush tucker-inspired feast under the stars. Dinner can also be combined with the spectacular Field of Light art installation for the ultimate outdoor event. Afterwards, a spot of stargazing and Aboriginal storytelling completes this incredible experience.
Australia’s Unique Experiences
The D’Arenberg Blending Bench
The D’Arenberg Cube is an extraordinary Rubik’s cube-shaped building, a five-story, multi-function cellar door and event space in South Australia’s McLaren Vale wine region, just 45 minutes from the city of Adelaide. There are a range of experiences for groups including exploring the Alternate Realities Museum or lunching at the D’Arry’s Verandah, and the Blending Bench is a great way to kick off the day’s activities. This hands-on, interactive experience allows private groups of up to 30 guests to play winemaker by blending a selection of barrel samples to create their own personalised red wine, which they can then take home as a memento.
Ask any chef, there’s nothing better than plucking your food fresh from the source and eating it right there. That’s exactly what’s in store at Tasmanian luxury lodge Saffire Freycinet, which overlooks crystal-clear waters where thousands of oysters are grown. You’ll harvest your own treats while wearing waders, then learn to shuck them on an outdoor dining table dressed with a white tablecloth – all without leaving the water. Saffire Freycinet is available for exclusive use and features 20 suites, a day spa, and a gourmet restaurant with a menu that changes daily.
The Australia Zoo in the Sunshine Coast Hinterland, wildlife encounters come thick and fast. Steve Irwin’s legacy lives on in this 40-hectare park, which is home to more than 1,200 animals. Today, Terri, Bindi and Robert continue the conservation work of the Crocodile Hunter with their menagerie of Australian native animals, including wombats, koalas, crocodiles, possums, and echidnas. The Park can accommodate groups of up to 10,000 people for gala events. Hands-on experiences include kangaroo feeding, breakfast with dingoes, and the chance to take a wombat for a walk.
When you plan your event in the Island paradise, your attendees can look forward to turquoise deep dives, warm weather all year, endless non-virtual happy hours, and safe ways to connect. There are numerous ways to meet with the beaches, mountains, and rainforest as your backdrop, planning a meeting in Puerto Rico will be as stress-free as the Island. As a U.S. territory, Puerto Rico offers the allure of an exotic locale with a rich, vibrant culture, without needing a passport or currency exchange. Accessibility to the Island has never been easier, with direct flights from domestic locations like New York, Charlotte, Dallas, and Atlanta.
Why Meet in Puerto Rico?
• Culturally diverse, enticing gastronomy, lively music,
and numerous outdoor adventures
• Substantial direct air access from major markets in the US
• No currency conversion for US travelers
• Both Spanish and English are spoken fluently across the Island
• US travelers don’t need international cell phone plans
• Hotels and venues have invested millions in renovations and
improvements over the past few years
• The Puerto Rico Convention Center is managed by ASM Global and
offers 600,000 square feet of total meeting space, the largest in the Caribbean
• A Convention Center District that features prominent hotels, an entertainment
and dining district, and the Puerto Rico Convention Center, are all located
just seven miles from the Luis Muñoz Marín International Airport.
• Warm weather all year round (85°F average)
Iconic Meeting Venues
One of the most opulent buildings in San Juan, Antiguo Casino is an ideal setting for galas, formal dinners and any event that aims to impress. Built in 1917, this meticulously preserved jewel box features a grand ballroom with gleaming white marble floors, glittering 12-foot chandeliers, a dramatic staircase and balconies overlooking tropical gardens. The on-site event team can help you make the most of this stunning space.
Cuartel de Ballajá
A former military barracks built in the 1850s for Spanish troops and their families, Cuartel de Ballajá (or Ballajá Barracks) has been transformed into a world-class cultural site that houses the Museo de Las Américas, among other fine facilities. Recalling the grand palaces of Europe, Cuartel de Ballajá’s central courtyard can be dressed up with flickering torches, string lights, and traditional Puerto Rican music.
Museo de Arte de Puerto Rico
Create an event surrounded by art! The MAPR, located in the heart of Santurce, is a creative option where your attendees will be surrounded by recent art collections and a beautiful art garden space.
From the Wild Atlantic Way to Ireland’s Ancient East, and Northern Ireland to Dublin City, Ireland has the perfect backdrop for your next event. Located on the edge of Europe and less than six hours from the east coast of the United States, Ireland is easy to get to, easy-going, and most importantly, easy to do business with. Only two hours from many mainland Europe capitals and 50 minutes from London, access to Ireland is simple from most parts of the world. Over 189 US flights, 1,368 EU flights and 1,159 UK flights arrive in Ireland every week, with Dublin, Shannon, Cork, Kerry, and Belfast Airports always ready to cater for international visitors.
Why Choose Ireland?
• Ireland has many unique venues with stunning views
• Easy access from most of the world including six US destinations
• Financial assistance for in-person or virtual site inspections
• Financial contribution for your event, €30 per international delegate
up to a maximum of €100,000 per event
Convention Centre Dublin
The Convention Centre has fantastic views of the surrounding city, an auditorium that seats 2,000 delegates, and a 4,500 square metre exhibition and banqueting space.
Limerick’s Gothic treasure Adare Manor boasts lavish old-world décor, an opulent banquet room that seats 350 delegates, and a meeting space for 440 guests – all within easy reach of beautiful attractions.
The Guinness Storehouse features panoramic views of Dublin city’s skyline, along with a collective capacity of 2,000 delegates across all rooms or 650 when seated together.
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