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MICEBTN - FEBRUARY 2015 • Page 41 Tel: (08) 9492 7784 firstname.lastname@example.org www.ambassadorhotel.com.au www.goodearthhotel.com.au package Among other things, BREC has hosted the Australian Sister Cities Conference, Critical Horizons and South West Focus through the South West Development Commission. “Several award night events have been booked and even the Rotary Clubs Dis- trict Conference is booked in 2016. We have been pleased to also see regular meetings and planning events booked in monthly from several local businesses,” said McGuinness. Asked what type of events he’d like to see more of, McGuinness said: “We would love to push more into the cor- porate market that traditionally looks at Perth to hold a conference. We are less than two hours south of Perth and are incredibly competitive with full-day dele- gate rates starting at A$53 per person. “The beauty of Bunbury is that you have great restaurants, cafes and night- life – yet also great access to awesome incentive activities, such as winery tours in the Ferguson Valley, dolphin cruises, kayaking and helicopter rides all at our doorstep.” McGuinness, who’s originally from Nannup and Denmark in WA’s South West, said BREC worked closely with the regional tourism association – Australia’s South West – and enjoyed “a great working relationship” with its team. BREC has also joined forces with an informal working group of tourism providers to attract business tourism to the region. Looking ahead, the centre will pri- marily target the South West Region and interstate for business.” We are a not-for-profit centre and do not have huge resources to push in a major way nationally and internationally just now.” As for BREC’s main goals, McGuin- ness – winner of the 2014 South West Business Person of the year award - said it was important that the centre “kept its heart and soul as a commu- nity arts and cultural facility that also happens to do great conferencing and events”. And he added: “I want forward bookings for 2016 and 2017 really working for us. Now we are opera- tional, we can start planning ahead and are ready for those conference leads booking so far in advance.” A wide range of experience AFTER spending many years in Eu- rope, London and the United States travelling and working in large-scale event and hospitality management, McGuinness returned to Western Aus- tralia to complete a BA in theatre arts from WAAPA before moving to Bris- bane for four years, where he worked in arts management for companies in- cluding the Brisbane Festival and Circa. He has also managed the Walkington Theatre and Moonrise Amphitheatre in Karratha and was artistic director and executive producer of the inaugural Red Earth Arts Festival - now a major arts and cultural event in the Pilbara. As well as his current role at BREC, he’s deputy chair of Circuit West, vice- chair of the Australian Performing Arts Centre’s Association, ‘chairs’ the ECU BA Arts Consultative Committee and currently sits on the Festivals Australia Peer Assessment Panel.