DEALS: Sebel Kirkton Park MICE offer

Sebel Kirkton Park in the Hunter Valley is now offering free fuel vouchers and a night-time bonfire complete with mulled wine, marshmallows and hot chocolate as part of a new package launched for business events held at the resort until the end of June. Available via The Conference Shop – a new, free website service to help companies plan business events in regional areas – the special offer gives meeting and conference organisers a $500 fuel voucher to help cover the two-hour journey from Sydney, […]

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NEWS: Hotelier calls for greater govt support

Hotel developer Dr Jerry Schwartz is calling on NSW Premier Mike Baird to improve road and air access to Sydney’s Hunter region to boost the region’s visitor economy and tourism sector. Speaking at the launch of the Hunter Valley Conference & Events Centre in February, Dr Schwartz told the  NSW that major infrastructure support to upgrade Cessnock airport and improve road access from Sydney is required if Hunter Valley tourism is to be transformed from a “cocoon to a butterfly”. “The Hunter Valley has rich history and pedigree, high […]

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NEWS: Big year ahead for regional NSW

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, […]

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NEWS: PCOs experience ‘Altogether Perfect’

A group of conference and event organisers from around Australia will tour Newcastle, Port Stephens and the Hunter Valley this weekend as part of a major campaign by Altogether Perfect to showcase the three areas as a comprehensive business events destination. Wineries, gourmet cuisine, a garden party, helicopters, sand dune quad bikes, cruising, paddleboarding and a sunset dinner at historic Fort Scratchley feature on the full, three-day itinerary, which kicked off on Thursday, October 16. The 22-strong VIP group includes event managers from associations, conference and […]

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NEWS: Hunter Valley centre pays homage to SCEC

The new $4 million Hunter Valley Conference & Events Centre – the biggest convention centre in NSW north of Sydney – will open later this year with pylons recycled from the recently demolished Sydney Convention & Exhibition Centre (SCEC). Construction is currently underway at the Crowne Plaza Hunter Valley resort in Lovedale and the four recycled pylons will be placed at each corner of the new centre, which will offer a combined 2012 square-metres of pre-function, meeting, exhibition and convention space. “SCEC played such an […]

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NEWS: Hunter Valley centre breaks ground

The Hunter Valley’s largest conference and events centre has broken ground and is scheduled for completion by the end of 2014. The Hunter Valley Conference & Events Centre is set to be the largest and most comprehensive conference and exhibition facility in the region, with capacity for up to 1000 delegates. Built overlooking garden spaces within Crowne Plaza Hunter Valley, the centre will include three conference rooms with a combined 2012 square metres of pre-function, meeting, exhibition and convention space; each with separate access, and […]

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