Pearls of wisdom from the Northern Territory
The Northern Territory Convention Bureau and the Darwin Convention Centre recently staged a range of exclusive client events at luxury Paspaley boutique locations in Brisbane, Sydney and Melbourne.
Guests who attended these intimate events across the three capital cities talked about the strong drawcard represented by the combination of the prestigious and globally recognised Paspaley brand, the exotic allure of the Northern Territory and the appeal of learning more about Darwin’s waterfront convention centre.
All Business Event segments were covered, with professional event managers and conference organisers, destination management companies, Government, association and corporate event clients in attendance.
The warm NT hospitality included champagne, canapes and rare pearl-meat tastings as guests enjoyed a private viewing of a range of Paspaley’s most exquisite pearls, with many of the ladies thrilled to try on glamorous jewellery pieces. They heard about the company’s impressive 82 year history and gained an understanding of The Five Virtues, the traditional method by which pearls are graded. Kelli Robertson from the Darwin Convention Centre also provided insights into the Darwin of today, highlighting the many assets and attractions of the Top End’s tropical city, which include the purpose-built 1200 seat Convention Centre.
Guests learned that a Paspaley Pearl Discovery Tour is now available at the Darwin Paspaley boutique, where groups can enjoy an interactive presentation which delivers a fascinating insight into the world of Australian South Sea pearls. This unique experience can be arranged for small to medium sized groups.
Paspaley is recognised as one of the world’s leading pearl producers and the company and its aquaculture operations make a significant contribution to the NT economy each year.
Janet Hamilton, General Manager of the Darwin Convention Centre was delighted with the complimentary feed-back received from the Paspaley events. “Our guests have told us that it was a most creative and enjoyable way to learn about the Northern Territory and our Convention Centre,” she said.
She indicated that it was the third year that similar Paspaley events had been conducted but was the first time that one had also been held at the Brisbane showroom.
“This has proven to be one of our most successful initiatives in drawing the attention of Business Event planners to Darwin, our Centre and the broader NT,” she said.
Ms Hamilton added that in addition to acquiring destination knowledge, some planners had also acquired new jewellery, being so taken by the beautiful pearls on display that they couldn’t resist making a purchase.