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Page 50 • MICEBTN - M AY 2015 Filled with natural light and offering striking tropical views, our event spaces are vibrant and engaging. Combined with signature Shangri-La service, and legendary food and wine , and you have a recipe for success. Plus! Event organisers can now earn up to 20,000 bonus miles with any one of 27 participating airlines!* Contact us today for more information and a personalised proposal. *Terms and Conditions Apply. Business in Paradise www.shangrila.com/cairns QUEEnSLAnD - CAIRnS Cairns’ Indigenous tourism project expands facilities THE CAIRNS indigenous tourism project Tjapukai, has opened following a A$13 million redevelopment. The project has seen the venue rebranded ‘Tjapukai – Where Australia Begins’, reflecting Tjapukai’s aim to give visitors an informative and stimulating immersion into indigenous Australia’s rich history and culture. it features new exterior and interior designs, new theatres, restaurants and galleries, and the creation of new produc- tions and tour experiences. Tjapukai is located to the north of Cairns, next to Skyrail set in 25 acres of landscaped gardens with a backdrop of the Barron Gorge National Park rainforest. “We’ve re-imagined the entire Tjapukai experience, using 21st century technolo- gies to tell the Dreamtime stories of in- digenous Australia in even more engaging and compelling ways than before,” said Greg Erwin, chief executive Tjapukai. “We believe Tjapukai will play a major role in highlighting Tropical North Queens- land as Australia’s richest and most acces- sible destination for quality indigenous tourism experiences. “The Tjapukai dance troupe already has captivated audiences around the world with vivid and dramatic performances, and we now have a venue that will make the experience for visitors even more memorable.” Erwin said the new exterior and interior design included a newly designed ‘Night Fire by Tjapukai’ program to provide vis- itors with an entertaining and interactive night-time experiences. New packages include: Cultural Creations package includes admission to Tjapukai, plus boomerang painting, islander weaving and jewellery making guided by an indigenous ar- tist;Guided Indigenous Bush Food Trail includes admission to park and an indige- nous-guided Bush Foods Journey through the parkland finishing with damper and native fruit jams. New productions and two new thea- tres showcase the talents of the Tjapukai performers: Bulurru Storywaterprovides an ‘in the round’ theatre experience that uses advanced visual effects to present the ancient Dreamtime Creation Story of the local Djabugay people. Erwin said that the new packages and program would provide far greater flex- ibility for wholesalers and travel agents, with new attractions and events to suit a wide range of travellers.