Uluru Meeting Place now open

Since its opening last month, Uluru Meeting Place at Ayers Rock Resort has had a number of confirmed events that will run into the new year, including an exhibition trade fair. The new centre has a striking modern indigenous design with facilities that include a new ballroom seating 420 people that can also be sub-divided into smaller meeting spaces. There is a second ballroom seating over 300 that can also be split to create an integrated conference arena. When combined, these two rooms create a large area that is ideal for events and trade shows. There has been an extensive amount of development at the resort in the past six months. Not only have there been physical changes to the resort, indigenous employment at the resort has risen from two employees to currently more than 170. For accommodation needs, the newly refurbished Sails in the Desert is ideal for groups looking for a luxurious place to stay, together with a range of new bars and restaurants throughout to enjoy a meal or drinks. Conference delegates have been drawn to the unique team-building activities such as indigenous dot painting projects as well as the opportunity of experiencing a sunrise over Uluru on camel back or enjoying a dinner under the starry outback sky at an exclusive Sounds of Silence. Delegates can also take part in the suite of indigenous experiences, such as performances and boomerang painting that are available to all guests.

Visit www.ulurumeetingplace.com.au to learn more.

Dead Sea resort opens

Australian and New Zealand meeting delegates can experience a new standard of opulence and rejuvenation with the opening of Crowne Plaza Jordan Dead Sea Resort & Spa which opened on December 1. Rich in beauty and with a culture that stems from one of the world’s oldest civilisations, Jordan offers delegates the opportunity to tour ruined Roman cities, crusader castles, desert citadels and powerful biblical sites. The resort is located just 30 minutes away from the country’s capital, Amman, and 45 minutes from Queen Alia International Airport. Nestled on the banks of the Dead Sea – the lowest point on earth at 423 metres below sea level – the resort has 420 rooms and suites ranging from standard king rooms through to the decadent club floor rooms and luxurious royal and presidential suite – all with complimentary Wi-Fi for guests. Featuring uninterrupted views of the world’s saltiest sea, the resort’s Obadas Ballroom can hold up to 600 delegates for reception or cocktail events, and is also divisible by three. The resort also boasts eight bars and restaurants. Delegates can also unwind with evening entertainment at the resort’s amphitheatre (pictured), and enjoy a cocktail while soaking in panoramic views at The Promenade.

Visit www.crowneplaza.com to learn more.

Brisbane’s Mantra on Queen refreshes

Mantra on Queen has enhanced its reputation as one of Brisbane’s most comfortable and stylish city escapes with the completion of a major $2.2million refurbishment. The makeover delivers a fresh new Brisbane city option for business and leisure travellers with living areas, bedrooms and public areas all featuring in the upgrade. Hotel rooms and spacious one and two-bedroom apartments have completed a major refurbishment which includes stylish and bold new furniture, new window furnishings, revamped bathrooms and kitchens/kitchenettes, new carpet and a fresh coat of paint. Hotel rooms have also received spacious desk workspaces with contemporary built-in cabinets to house 37” LCD televisions. With premier conferencing facilities in the Queen Anne function rooms for up to 120 guests banquet-style and well-appointed accommodation, Mantra on Queen offers the ideal blend of business and leisure just minutes from the cosmopolitan city centre of Brisbane and just 20 minutes drive from Brisbane Airport.