It’s been a busy year for the Sunshine Coast with more to come for operators and suppliers.

When the Clive Palmer-owned Palmer Coolum Resort severed ties with Hyatt some believed that it would result in a slowdown in business. Twelve months later and the property has recorded a record number of conference and event bookings in a one-week period and significant business throughout the year.
In March this year the property confirmed close to $1.5 million worth of conference business in four days.
Naturally the figures delighted Palmer Coolum Resort’s general manager Bill Schoch, who declared the influx of new business a fitting way to celebrate the 12-month anniversary of full ownership. On top of the recent confirmed business, Mr Schoch said conference enquiries had reached unprecedented levels of late, indicating a rise in confidence in the marketplace.

“It’s very heartening that 12 months after taking over the management rights at the resort the conference market has returned with a resounding thumbs’ up,” Mr Schoch said.
“This wonderful place has always been an exceptional conference venue. With the change in management, along with the circumstances surrounding that, there was always going to be a period of adjustment in the market.
“We are overjoyed that this adjustment period has been shorter than we anticipated and one year after assuming full control of the resort we’ve taken nearly $1.5 million worth of conference bookings in less than a week, which is a record for us.”
The Palmer Coolum Resort is not only one of the best-positioned properties on the Sunshine Coast but is such a wonderful venue for the conference market because of its facilities and design. As soon as you drive into the resort you quickly recognise that this is one property you won’t want to be leaving anytime soon.
Its 324 accommodation rooms, dedicated meeting facilities, championship golf course, dining options, spa and high-level of experienced staff, ensures that any stay for conference groups is well received by delegates. Set on 150 hectares there are numerous areas where groups can enjoy off-site events, either for welcome cocktail functions or complete sit-down dinners.

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Sheraton Noosa upgrade

Another high-quality Sunshine Coast property, the Sheraton Noosa Resort & Spa, is presently undergoing a $10 million refurbishment, with work expected to be completed in August 2013.

Located in the heart of Noosa on the cosmopolitan Hastings Street, the refurbishment includes upgrades to guestrooms, suites, villas and the resort’s conference space.
The new-look guestrooms will be modern in style and will incorporate local references into the design. Inspired by nature and designed for comfort, the light open spaces will draw on the textures and colours of Noosa’s location, taking inspiration from the surrounding natural environment and rich cultural heritage. Also included in the refurbishment plan is upgrades to the porte-cochére, providing an enriched sense of arrival, new guest corridors to seamlessly link public areas and guestrooms.
Sheraton Noosa Resort & Spa offers eight flexible meeting rooms, including the Noosa Ballroom, which has capacity for 350 delegates in theatre-style, 140 cabaret-style or 200 for a seated dinner. In addition to the ballroom, Laguna 1, 2 and 3 provide additional meeting space.

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ABOVE and INSET: Sheraton Noosa Resort & Spa.