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MICEBTN - FEBRUARY 2016 • Page 11 ‘Tree surfing’ offered at Mornington Peninsula VICTORIA’s Mornington Peninsula has long been a Greater Melbourne favourite as a conference breakout option – it’s easy to get to, the ambience is relaxed, there are wineries and other attractions aplenty. There also are some very unusual chal- lenges to be had, perfect for team building or simply adding an enjoyable adventurous element to a business travel itinerary. One is the Enchanted Adventure Garden at Arthur’s Seat, which describes itself as the home of tree surfing. Several levels of tree-top climbing are offered, with about 50 aerial obstacles and five zip-lines – some as long as 100m - linked to tree platforms up to 10 metres high. Tree surfing starts at the home tree – by threading a belay device onto steel cabling, participants can climb to the desired level and guide themselves through the course. The higher level challenges involve co-or- dinated balances over swing bridges and strength moves across cargo nets. The Grand course features five differ- ent types of challenge, plus a giant Tarzan swing and rock climbing wall. The Tarzan Swing involves a leap of faith, stepping off into the air – guides are on hand at either end. Tree surfing isn’t the only attraction at this unusual complex: It’s a wonderland of hedge mazes and artistic garden design, with a variety of activities. And for those with a sweet tooth there’s also the Amazing Lolly Shop. Group ca- tering is available at the complex’s café. Web: www.enchantedmaze.com.au MEA develops new concept for travel marts It is refreshing to see Meetings and Events Australia (MEA) tackling the tired traditional format of travel marts giving buyers compulsory time-limited trading chats with set amounts of sellers. In these days of amazing technology and time poor delegates, the new Event Pitch format could well catch on. MEA says feedback from its inaugu- ral Event Show in 2015 prompted it to develop a new concept for the 2016 Sydney Event Show in August. “The success of a trade event is judged by monitoring three key areas. How much business was done, how many opportunities were generated and what our visitors and exhibitors learned,” said Linda Gaunt, chief executive MEA. “’Event Pitch’ was created with this in mind and will deliver on all three fronts. “Traditionally, trade events have a pre-scheduled appointment or hosted buyer program that requires a large time investment. Visitors to The Event Show are time poor and don’t have the two-to- four days that these programs take out of their busy schedule. “With Event Pitch, visitors will be asked to supply their basic event details in the months prior to the show. Once supplied, the visitor will then be asked to select the services they require for their specific events. For example, a venue, a technology provider, a destination ... visitors are free to select the services they want a pitch from. “These details are then sent to exhib- itors to prepare a two-to-four-minute pitch. At the show, exhibitors will make their pitch during an afternoon session held on both the Thursday and Friday of the show. Based on this pitch, visitors and exhibitors can follow up during or after the show to work out how they can do business. “Hosted buyer programs and tradi- tional pre-scheduled appointments force visitors to attend a minimum number of meetings,” said Gaunt. “Event Pitch is solely based on visitor requirements and actual events. Event Pitch will be held 25-26 August at Royal Randwick, Sydney.