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Alice shines her light on planners in 2017

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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.  The festival illuminated two kilometres of the 300 million-year old MacDonnell Ranges with colourful Indigenous imagery and also featured local artwork and cultural presentations.

Off-site dinner venues included Ooraminna Homestead, one of Central Australia’s renowned cattle properties and The Old Quarry, its rocky outcrops providing a stunning dining setting. The versatile team from the Alice Springs Convention Centre provided catering at all off-site dining venues featured in the program. 

Alice Stampede activities included racing down a dry riverbed in a mini Henley-on-Todd regatta, cycling from  town to the historic Alice Springs Telegraph Station, engaging in an interactive Indigenous art workshop and participating in a bush survival course and damper-making at Earth Sanctuary World Nature Centre.  Visits to the School of the Air and the Royal Flying Doctor Service provided insights into their crucial outback operations.

Kassandra Koudelka, Event Manager from the Australian College of Critical Care Nurses was effusive in her praise of the event. “It was great to meet such interesting, entrepreneurial and passionate people in Alice Springs - the venues are fantastic too, as is the landscape,” she said.  “The activities really helped us experience what Alice Springs has to offer. I really loved doing the mini Henley-on-Todd regatta – that was great fun! So was the star-talk at Ooraminna Homestead – looking at that beautiful night sky was definitely a highlight. It was the best famil I’ve been on!”

Speakers at business sessions held at the Alice Springs Convention Centre included the NT Government’s Scott Lovett, Executive Director, Economic & Industry Development and Regions, the Hon. Dale Wakefield (MLA) Minister for Territory Families and Valerie Smith, Executive Director of the NT Convention Bureau.

Inspiring presentations were also delivered by Commander Michael White from Northern Territory Police, Sarah Brown from Alice Springs dialysis specialist clinic known as The Purple House and Lyndon Frearson from Ekistica, who talked about dealing with the complex challenges of remote area infrastructure development.  The group also visited the innovative Desert Knowledge Precinct where Lyndon Frearson conducted a tour showcasing some of the outstanding globally-recognised initiatives being undertaken.

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. 

Contact the NT Convention Bureau team to register your interest and let us show you the NT.