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MICEBTN - NovEMBEr 2015 • Page 35 MELBOUrNE Superb Christmas packages... $80* per person From Call +61 3 9290 1000 or email email@example.com Visit sheraton.com/melbourne * Conditions apply. © 2015 Starwood Hotels & Resorts Worldwide, Inc. In the heart of Little Collins St. SM1040 More gold for Sovereign Hill BALLARAT’s Sovereign Hill goldfields village – a favourite for C&I visits from both Melbourne and Victoria regional venues – was a major winner at the recent RACV Victorian Tourism Awards. Judges selected it as winner of the major tourist attraction category while the public backed this call by naming it their choice of favourite regional attrac- tions. The public metro choice was Melbourne Zoo. Like their other state and territory tourism awards counterparts, category winners automatically progress for judging at national level in the Qantas awards. In this year’s Victorian accolades, the 2014 Mel- bourne Cup Carnival took the honours in the major festivals and events category. Yarra Valley Estate – a very popular meetings and incentives facility in a rural setting close to Mel- bourne – was the business event venues champion. It also took the Qantas Award for Excellence in Sustain- able Tourism. Peninsula Hot Springs on the Mornington Peninsula was the ecotourism category winner, cultural tour- ism went to Bendigo Tramways and the tour/trans- port awards were won by Searoad Ferries for their Queenscliff-Sorrento service and Global Ballooning Australia, whose hot air balloons are a familiar sight over Melbourne at dawn. A unique accommodation award went to All Sea- sons Houseboats, operating from Mildura. Eco-setting for the Bass Coast centre delivers on promise THE SOUTH Gippsland coast of Victoria – often known nowa- days as the Bass Coast for its views of Bass Strait – is a tranquil destination for conferences. raCv Inverloch Re- sort benefits not only from the trend to- wards region- al meetings and other business events as an alternative to the big cities, but also from the substan- tial work put into making the venue eco-friendly. The resort was designed in conjunc- tion with the local coun- cil, indigenous landowners and Parks Victoria to ensure minimal impact on the environmentally-sensitive landscape. The end result is a striking, architec- turally-designed property that blends in with the special natural environment. It is built along a ridge overlooking the ocean and set inside the Bunurong Marine Park, just across the road from the Dinosaur Dreaming excavation site. Over 50,000 locally-sourced plants have been added to the property while wetlands have been nurtured to provide a habitat for birds and aquatic life. Rain- water is captured from roof spaces. Not surprisingly the resort has won a large number of major awards. A purpose-built conference centre features floor to ceiling glass windows delivering light-filled space for up to 320 theatre-style or 250 for banquets. This area is complemented by two ocean view executive board rooms.