Last Sunday Staging Connections delighted 1150 Amway Taiwan VIPs with an Australian-themed gala dinner in Darling Harbour as the pinnacle event of the company’s five-day incentive.

For the elaborate production, 56 buses transported attendees to Barangaroo where they were greeted with a raft of performers including stilt walkers, 7 m high vertical performers, bouncing kangaroos and lifesavers, five-person water ski formations in neighbouring Nawi Cove and a petting zoo featuring wombats, koalas and joeys.

Intriguing tunnels led guests to the vast event space, The Cutaway, a unique cultural venue that Staging Connections decked out in elaborate décor and world-class AV technology including enormous 60 m x 12 m digital screens that featured projections of Australian landscapes and large illuminated backdrops.

Custom printed Amway napkins and engraved napkin rings surrounded native flower centrepieces on the highly decorated tables. A VIP procession highlighted award winners, with 14 couples driving into the gala event in seven vintage Mustang convertible cars. The audience was then wowed by a vast array of entertainment that filled the evening.

The event concluded with a 15 minute custom firework display with giant fire letters from eight pontoons including two large barges on Sydney Harbour, all by Howard and Sons. The display outlasted the Sydney NYE fireworks which go for 10 minutes. The magnitude and excitement of the event was filmed by drones from the skies above.

Staging Connections MD, Tony Chamberlain, said the impact that this type of major incentive has on Australia’s reputation for hosting spectacular business events is phenomenal.

“Asian incentives look to Australia to offer their guests experiences that they cannot have anywhere else in the world and this market is experiencing major growth, contributing massive economic benefit to our country, based on our international reputation for excellence,” he said.

“We have delivered a range of international events, from the G20 in Brisbane, to the Rotary International Convention, Joymain Incentive and the IUCN World Parks Congress in Sydney, and now the Amway Taiwan Leadership Seminar. Our teams have excelled in delivering superior results for these clients, putting their events in the spotlight on the global stage and delivering lasting memories for attendees, which have all contributed to Australia’s strong reputation for delivering world class events,” said Mr Chamberlain.

“Our client’s vision was to deliver a number of once in a lifetime experiences for the international delegation. Our team produced an event that delivered real wow factor, utilising entertainment backed by superior production to truly enthral the guests,” said Staging Connections event director, Chris Lewis.

“The event showcased the very best that Australia has to offer, and we know it will be remembered for many years to come as one of the most elaborate and exciting events Sydney has produced.”

Entertainment included a performance by seven aerial acrobats rigged from the roof by large hoops customised by Deonair, a Welcome to Country featuring a 40 strong cast delivered by Decendance and the NSW School Aboriginal Dance Company, and a dance performance by Soul Mystique backed by Staging Connections’ customised animations.

Haley Westenra, direct from England, performed songs in English and Mandarin as the finale for the evening, with 16 supporting dancers who were hoisted to the ceiling on trapezes with enormous silk sales hung below featuring projected designs.

Organisers of the Amway Taiwan incentive heralded the event a major success.