Carnivale wraps up a great success
I HAVE been managing Carnivale for the past five years and Carnivale 2013 has been the best festival during that period and possibly the best ever. This year we took some risks in adding new events and bringing in celebrities to support them. The result has been a program of free and ticketed events which have surpassed all events in recent times and produced a format which we have been striving for over the last five years to have two successful weekends enabling promotion of the destination and increased visitation. This outcome could not have been achieved without the support of the Carnivale management team, our partners, sponsors and supporters all of whom are listed on a special Thank You Blog on the Carnivale website www.carnivale.com.au. Thank you all for producing and supporting a fabulous 10 days which has raised the bar for future events. EVENT NQ has again been very pleased to be involved in the success of Carnivale 2013. We wish to thank the readers of the Gazette for their patronage at Events NQ’s two events, the Sheraton Mirage Longest Lunch and Virgin Australia’s Food, Wine and a Taste of Port. Our event co-ordinator Sarah Whipp did a fantastic job in organising both these events on consecutive days. The Longest Lunch setting beside the lake at Sheraton’s Country Club is fit for a postcard. It always proves to be a huge logistical exercise to set both events up on the Carnivale weekend and the staff are exhausted, but it’s all worth it when we see Port Douglas and Cairns restaurants and patrons coming together and turning up in costume for the best night of great food, wine and entertainment at Food and Wine. Thanks again Port Douglas and congratulations to Ken Dobbs and the hardworking team at the Port Douglas Chamber of Commerce for Carnivale which generates such pleasure and fun for everyone.
Ken Dobbs Carnivale general manager
the Taste of Paradise event on Saturday