November 22, 2022 | By Bronwen Largier

The 224-room Fairmont Resort Blue Mountains has turned its new 599m2 event space, Gedumba, into a permanent ice rink and it is pitching exclusive use of the new attraction back to the business events market.

“It is clear that conference and incentive groups are still cautious about travelling overseas, and they are looking for regional venues with exceptional leisure facilities,” said the property’s owner Dr Jerry Schwartz.

“The Fairmont is already acknowledged as one of NSW’s premier conference and events venues – which was recognised again last week when it was announced as the winner in the Business Events Venues category of the NSW Tourism Awards – and the addition of the ice-rink will make it even more attractive for conference and incentive groups.

“We can offer a complete program of activities for our guests, based around our premium natural setting adjacent to the World Heritage-listed Blue Mountains National Park, and complemented by first-class conference facilities.

The 9.5ha property has more than 20 other event spaces on site, as well as golf, tennis, swimming and spa facilities.

“This is our second ice-skating rink, following the introduction of a rink at the Paradise Resort in Surfers Paradise, which has proved a massive draw card for the domestic market, and I’m sure the new rink at the Fairmont will be equally popular,” said Schwartz.

Fairmont Resort Blue Mountains’ director of sales and marketing Nathan Telfer confirmed the space is still able to be booked as an ice-free event space as part of a full resort buyout, if needed.

The ice rink, which opened last week, is powered by locally generated solar energy and can host events of up to 200 for exclusive use.