Executives live it up in Port — and families too
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