You don’t have to go to the ends of the earth to create memorable events.

In fact, you don’t have to go far at all to create something memorable that will have your delegates or employees thinking that you’re the best thing since sliced bread while at the same time making them feel special, rewarded, and keeping them on track in their day-to-day business targets.

Like the conferences of today where delegates want greater engagement with speakers and presenters, events, team-building options and rewards should be different to what they were 10 and even five years ago.

Everybody has different tastes, likes and dislikes, and it’s imperative to the event planner to understand what these are and pick a suitable product that works across the board.

Age too has a factor on the selection of event spaces and reward options. Young staff at a telco company or an IT start-up would probably prefer to hold their event at say establishment in Sydney than a bland conference room in a hotel. It could get them in the right frame of mind before they even start their meeting. In contrast, a mature group of attendees at a medical association may prefer the hotel or conference venue.

There are many more factors than simply finding an available venue, or an experience, for group meetings and staff rewards. Knowing the theme of a conference or the reason for the reward, the age demographic, and so much more, should all come into play.

Event experiences don’t have to be “unique”, however, if your desire is to create long-lasting outcomes, then it certainly doesn’t hurt.

Tali Wiru in the Red Centre

Now offering greater engagement for guests with the Indigenous community, Voyages has created a range of team-building options for groups at its Uluru property. Experiences include dot painting classes, tours of the local area with Indigenous guides, participation in traditional dances, and much more.

One of the more unique offerings is the Tali Wiru evening dining option, which is described as being more intimate and for smaller groups than the award-winning Sounds of Silence dinner.

Tali Wiru means `Beautiful Dune’ in the local Anangu language, and it certainly is that.

Arriving just prior to sunset, small groups take a short walk to the dune from their 4WD bus, about 15 minutes from Ayers Rock Resort, to be met by staff with trays of drinks. Near a fire pit a lone didgeridoo player adds to the haunting nature of the surrounding landscape.

When the sun sets candles light the way to a small flat paved area at the top of the sand dune where guests are treated to a spectacular menu of fine food with matched wines under a sky that appears to stretch forever.

The dishes have been carefully paired with premium Australian varietals from across the major regions. Discerning palates will delight at the diversity and quality on offer. After dinner, an Indigenous storyteller will captivate you with stories of the world’s oldest living culture.

The Tali Wiru dinner is only available for a maximum of 20 guests. Larger groups can enjoy the award-winning Sounds of Silence dinner. Alternatively, there are numerous spaces in and around the resort that are utilised for special group dinners and events including the Outback Pioneer Hotel which is a great option for gatherings in a relaxed, country-style setting.

New corporate BridgeClimb

In late March, BridgeClimb launched three new corporate packages, each tailored to enhance the world famous BridgeClimb experience with options designed to deliver unity, motivation and inspiration for groups and teams.

Companies can choose from Classic, Premium, or Ultimate packages. Each option, created in collaboration with some of Australia’s top EAs, PAs and CEOs, adds to the climb with a host of special pre, during and post-event features, including VIP welcome receptions, corporate branding options and catering.

The Classic Package invites teams to celebrate and bond in a private space after their climb complete with light refreshments and snacks. Photos from the climb will be displayed on plasma screens as the group reflect on their achievement together with the climb Leaders they shared the experience with.

The Premium Package builds on The Classic Package, offering one hour of cold canapés and a premium drinks package, in addition to exclusive access to BridgeClimb’s cinema area complete with the groups’ photos as the backdrop.

The Ultimate Package offers an unrivalled team-building event, allowing groups to enjoy two hours of hot and cold canapés and a deluxe drinks package, as well as the use of audio-visual equipment for post-climb speeches and presentations.

BridgeClimb CEO Todd Coates says the new corporate packages have been created to enhance the BridgeClimb experience.

“They build on 16 years of success in facilitating corporate activities, specifically motivating, rewarding and uniting teams,” he said.

Australian Turf Club

The Australian Turf Club boasts a portfolio of Sydney’s premium racecourses with venue facilities to seamlessly cater for all exhibition, conferencing and special event requirements.

Royal Randwick, located 10 minutes from Sydney CBD, has just completed an extensive permanent installation of audio, visual and lighting systems in the Level 2 Ballroom. The $600,000 installation complements the existing infrastructure, adding seven Panasonic DZ870 8500 lumen projectors and screens offering sharp, full high definition vision.

The ATC are committed to improving facilities for organises and visitors, which will reach new heights as the NSW Government has confirmed the $2.1 billion CBD and South East Light rail line. The route will extend 12 kilometres from

Circular Quay through to Central and on to Royal Randwick, meaning reduced congestion and faster journey times to the ATC’s exclusive facilities.

In addition, Rosehill Gardens, located 10 minutes from the Parramatta CBD, has just completed the permanent carpet installation within the Exhibition Hall. This completes stage one of the $20 million refurbishment planned over the next 12 months.

Shortly after the 2015 Golden Slipper Carnival concludes, major refurbishments of the members, public, restaurants and bar areas will take place.

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