Ex­ec­u­tives live it up in Port — and fam­i­lies too

Port Douglas & Mossman Gazette - - BUSINESS -

HIGH-ACHIEV­ING in­ter­na­tional ex­ec­u­tives en­joyed three nights of gala cel­e­bra­tions while their chil­dren were be­ing en­ter­tained in equally grand style at an in­cen­tive in Port Dou­glas.

The client was an cor­po­rate tech­nol­ogy com­pany that re­wards high achiev­ers with an in­ter­na­tional fam­i­lyfriendly in­cen­tive pro­gram pre­vi­ously hosted in Spain and Hawaii.

Tourism Tropical North Queens­land Direc­tor of Business and Tourism Events Rosie Dou­glas said the United States-based com­pany had cho­sen the Cairns and Great Bar­rier Reef re­gion for the in­cen­tive pro­gram be­cause of the ex­clu­siv­ity the des­ti­na­tion was able to offer.

“A ‘buy­out’ of the Sher­a­ton Grand Mi­rage at Port Dou­glas meant the group had the whole re­sort to them­selves for the event,” she said.

“They also used lux­ury pri­vate char­ter ves­sels to visit the Reef and en­joyed a va­ri­ety of be­spoke off­site din­ner venues and ac­tiv­i­ties around Port Dou­glas.

“Th­ese ex­clu­sive com­po­nents and the abil­ity to offer a ded­i­cated Kids Club along­side the adult pro­gram was a crit­i­cal fac­tor in the com­pany de­cid­ing where to hold the event.

“This was the first time our des­ti­na­tion had in­cluded such a large group of chil­dren in an in­cen­tive and it was an out­stand­ing suc­cess with the 350 adults and 70 chil­dren spend­ing five nights in Port Dou­glas a month ago.

“The or­gan­is­ers de­vel­oped a seam­less pro­gram us­ing the des­ti­na­tion’s hero ex­pe­ri­ences of the Great Bar­rier Reef, Wet Trop­ics rain­for­est and our In­dige­nous cul­ture to mo­ti­vate and ex­cite both the adults and the chil­dren.”

Business Events Cairns & Great Bar­rier Reef re­ceived ex­cel­lent feed­back from ID Events, the des­ti­na­tion man­age­ment com­pany that or­gan­ised the in­cen­tive.

“The di­verse pro­gram in­cluded a Great Bar­rier Reef trip with Quick­sil­ver, Hart­ley’s , Mossman Gorge Dream­time Walk and golf at Palmer Sea Reef,” Ms Dou­glas said.

“A colour­ful pool­side wel­come re­cep­tion was held at the Sher­a­ton’s La­goon Pool .

“The next night was an Aussie BBQ at the Mi­rage Coun­try Club. Guests tasted bush tucker, watched an In­dige­nous per­for­mance, threw boomerangs and met kan­ga­roos.

“The 70 chil­dren were en­ter­tained at the Di­a­mond Kids Club. They en­joyed a Tjapukai In­dige­nous evening with a didgeri­doo show, Dream­time sto­ries and an in­ter­ac­tive dance per­for­mance fol­lowed by Cul­tural Cre­ation ac­tiv­ity sta­tions in­clud­ing tra­di­tional weav­ing, boomerang paint­ing and tra­di­tional jew­ellery mak­ing.

The Dream­time Walk at Mossman Gorge was on the list of ac­tiv­i­ties

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