Alice shines her light on planners
A group of fifteen business event planners ‘saw the light’ when they recently visited Alice Springs to participate on the annual Alice Stampede mega-familiarisation.
Now in its sixth year, Alice Stampede is a joint initiative of the Alice Springs Convention Centre and the Northern Territory Convention Bureau (NTCB), and features a wide range of Alice Springs Business Event suppliers.
Participating planners representing the association, corporate and professional event management sectors came to Alice from throughout the country, highlighting the destination’s centrality and its ready access to Australia’s airport network.
The program incorporated stunning off-site dinner locations, cultural activities and an exclusive escorted tour of the spectacular Parrtjima – A Festival in Light installation which was being staged at Alice Springs Desert Park over a ten day period. Alice Stampede activities included racing down a dry riverbed in a mini Henley-on-Todd regatta, cycling from the centre of town to the historic Alice Springs Telegraph Station, engaging in an interactive art workshop and participating in a bush survival course at the Earth Sanctuary World Nature Centre.
Business Forum sessions held at the Alice Springs Convention Centre introduced Stampede participants to a range of entrepreneurial speakers who talked about Alice Springs’ innovation, resourcefulness and community spirit. A visit to the innovative Desert Knowledge Precinct, only 15 minutes from town, showcased some of the outstanding globally-recognised initiatives being undertaken.
Dana Rozner, Chapter Administrator with the Young President’s Organisation was amazed at what she found in Alice Springs. “My original perceptions of Alice Springs have changed a lot – what people can actually do here is mind-blowing!” she said. “It provides an amazing view of what Australia really is and the entrepreneurship you find in Alice Springs would be very relevant to my event program.”
Alice Stampede participants stayed in the premium wing of Crowne Plaza Alice Springs Lasseter’s Hotel. A number of other accommodation supplier properties were visited as part of the famil program, and a site inspection undertaken of the Alice Springs Convention Centre, which offers a versatile suite of meeting spaces for 12 up to 1200 delegates.
For more information about Alice Springs and the NT, visit www.ntconventions.com.au