Major infrastructure expansion is set to pave the way for busy year of meetings in Newcastle, Port Stephens and Hunter Valley.
The opening of the biggest convention centre in NSW north of Sydney, a major facelift for Port Stephens’ iconic Anchorage property, a 50 per cent expansion for Newcastle Airport and a new focus on ‘smart’ MICE events will help attract new business tourism to the greater Hunter region in 2015.
Assessing the year ahead for business events in Newcastle, the Hunter Valley and Port Stephens, the leaders of the joint MICE marketing group, Altogether Perfect, which enters its first full year of operations in 2015 as a promoter of the three areas, said a raft of new developments would encourage more companies and groups to host events in the region.
A major $14.5 million expansion for Newcastle Airport which will see the terminal enlarged by 50 per cent by late 2015, increasing capacity and facilitating the growth of domestic flights and providing the infrastructure for potential international services in the future.
The opening of the $4 million Crowne Plaza Hunter Valley Conference & Events Centre on January 30, 2015, will provide the Hunter Region with the most comprehensive business events facilities. Accommodating up to 1000 delegates, the facility is the largest conference centre in the Hunter Valley and the biggest in NSW north of Sydney.
A complete $6 million transformation of the iconic and luxurious Anchorage Port Stephens into a world-class resort including an upgrade of all 81 rooms and a major redevelopment of dining, leisure and conference facilities.
Altogether Perfect spokesperson, Rebecca Morley, MICE manager for Destination Port Stephens, said Altogether Perfect would this year focus on creating ‘smart’ business events where conferences capitalise on local expertise.
“Business events, of course, deliver crucial dollars to our local economy but our aim is to also foster an exchange of intelligence that these conferences bring so that companies running these events can utilise a local brains trust of knowledge in their field while host communities can gain new ideas from the events.
“This two-way corporate and social interaction can really enrich the event itself and the region that hosts it.”
Ms Morley said the team behind Altogether Perfect will attending tradeshows around Australia throughout 2015 and also host regular famils for industry buyers.