When it comes to MICE venues (that’s Meetings, Incentives, Conferencing, Exhibitions, to the uninitiated) Australia has well and truly come of age in. We no longer have to dread the team getaway like we once did school camp. The new style of corporate retreat knows how to mix business with pleasure, with state-of-the-art conference facilities augmented by original team-building experiences.
So where to go? Heed the advice of Sharron Blundell, executive assistant to GE Australia and New Zealand’s President and Chief Executive, Geoff Culbert, who organises the annual leadership team kick-off event. “A beautiful location, of course. You need sunlight. You’re still in a boardroom set-up but you want to get outside for lunch. And a private dining room is important because it can get noisy in a public dining room, so if you want to do speeches it can be hard.”
Getting away is an important part of getting to know the people with whom you share an office, says Jason Kotkin, a CPA with JP Morgan. “Working for a global firm, it is important to travel to meet with colleagues in other countries… It’s a really effective way to gain an understanding of the way people think, work and to build relationships.”
At these great Australian corporate-friendly locations, the sky really is the limit.
Groote Eylandt Lodge
Fifty kilometers kilometres from the Northern Territory mainland, the largest island in the Gulf of Carpentaria offers a singularly Indigenous-owned corporate getaway with same-day connectivity to Australian mainland capitals. Dedicated meeting rooms and a breezy conference suite at this 60-room lodge may have a hard time competing with breakout activities including some of the most thrilling sport fishing in the world, Indigenous cultural activities and freshly caught seafood in the dedicated Seagrass restaurant.
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