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MICEBTN - AUGUST 2015 • Page 13 DARWIN New conference delegate program for Darwin Previous Brolga prizewinner Sea Darwin praised for commissioning unique Bare Sand Island signage ALREADY renowned as a welcoming and friendly city for conference dele- gates, Darwin now has introduced the ‘Darwin Welcomes Delegates’ program, with a range of privileges and special offers available at a range of shops, res- taurants, hotels and tourist attractions. The program aims to showcase the city’s local businesses as knowledge- able and friendly hosts for visiting delegates and is a joint initiative of the Darwin Convention Centre, Northern Territory Convention Bureau and Tour- ism Top End. It is hoped the program will ce- ment Darwin’s reputation as the most hospitable destination in Australia for business events. Business events currently are esti- mated to be worth A$89 million to the Territory economy, with the Darwin Convention Centre alone hosting over 15,000 business visitors each year. “Many delegates have not previously been to Darwin, so as a host city, we must aim to ensure that these business visitors have an amazing and unique experience in our tropical city,” said Janet Hamilton, general manager of the Darwin Convention Centre. “The program focuses on making the delegates feel special and communicat- ing upcoming opportunities for industry to participate in.” said Trevor Cox, gen- eral manager of Tourism Top End. “The decals on show in shop win- THIS year’s Brolga Awards process is now under way, including a workshop for nominees. As the Northern Territory’s annual recognition of tourism sector excellence, the 2015 Brolgas will culminate in a November 21 ceremony. Meanwhile, an earlier win- ner has been praised by Adam Giles, the NT’s chief minister and tourism minister for using its A$2000 prize money from Qantas to set up interpretative signage on Bare Sand Island. Sea Darwin runs ‘turtle tracks tours’ on Bare Sand Island, one of the most sig- nificant nesting grounds for flatback turtles in Australia and located 90km by sea from Darwin in Bynoe Harbour. “Sea Darwin’s turtle tracks cruise showcases Bare Sand Island as a new destination and new experience for the One of the new interpretative signs, Bare Sand Island. dows and participating businesses help connect the delegate through a conference delegate privileges card, enabling special tours and retail prod- ucts, discounts and value add items to be redeemed,” commented Cox. The ‘Darwin Welcomes Delegates’ program is delivered through a mobile web site that makes searching and booking tourism, retail, arts and eating experiences across Darwin easy. “We are renowned for our Terri- tory hospitality and envious tropical lifestyle, and this program impacts on our service delivery and is a strong commitment to the business events sector,” Cox said. Top End, and these new signs will help tell the Territory’s story to visitors,” said Giles. Jim Smith, owner of Sea Darwin, said the company saw the signs as an impor- tant move in many ways. “For the first time on the NT coast, there will be signage that tells the story of our sea turtles, our war history and who the land belongs to.” Sea Darwin also offers popular cruis- es on Darwin Harbour. Cruise workshop for WA builds on Exchange success...