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MICEBTN - augusT-oCToBEr - 2016 • Page 27 Rotorua wins 2020 photosynthesis bid Rotorua Energy Events Centre Tramsheds welcomes the last tram TRAMSHEDS Harold Park has welcomed Sydney’s last tram, R1 1995, now restored to its former glory following a renovation at the Bendigo Heritage Rail Workshop in Victoria. It came as Mirvac Retail’s latest project, Tramsheds, finished its final stages of restoration into a Sydney dining destina- tion that will connect people to an array of top-class food providers. In its heyday, Sydney’s tramway system was the largest in the Southern hemi- sphere, and was integral to Sydney life for a century. R1 1995 was shipped to the South- ern Highlands to be used as a hay store, before arriving back in NSW in the early 1990s. The tram’s seats, signs, windows, door handles and driver controls have been carefully restored, the timber and canvas roof repaired and internal timber posts returned to their original honey sheen. Tramsheds retail manager Kelli Shoe- smith said: “The aim with Tramsheds was to conserve and replicate as many original design aspects as possible and this same care went into the restoration of R1. It offers a glimpse into the city’s past, being one of the last types of tram to be built here just over 64 years ago.” The tram will be situated in Butcher & The Farmer’s restaurant as a private dining space so people can enjoy their dinner in it. Tramsheds Harold Park will offer top class food retailers in the Europe-inspired Food Hall including restaurant, bar and butchery ‘Butcher & The Farmer’, sustain- able seafood restaurant ‘Fish & Co’, tapas restaurant ‘Bodega 1904’, gelato kings ‘Ge- lato Messina’, Egyptian fusion restaurant ‘Bekya’, southern-inspired diner ‘Belles Hot Chicken’, premier coffee venue ‘Garçon’ and now Tram R1 1995. NEW Zealand’s thermal city of Rotorua has attracted a growing number of international conferences, drawn by its unique experiences and scenery as well as its venues, accommodation and sup- port facilities. One recent success is con- firmation of its bid to host the 18th Internation- al Congress on Photosynthesis Research in 2020. Over 1300 scientific delegates are an- ticipated to attend, some with partners and other family members. Venue will be Rotorua Energy Events Centre close to the edge of Lake Rotorua, within the historic and picturesque Government Gardens. “This is a significant business event for New Zealand and for Rotorua, and is expected to contribute nearly NZ$3 million to the regional economy,” said Craig Murray of Destination Rotorua, who worked closely with Tourism NZ’s business events team during the bidding process. “Photosynthesis is a topic that is instrumental in many industries. It’s not just about leaves. It’s an important feature in climate change, the produc- tion of biofuels, the energy and primary sectors. “Here in Rotorua, forestry and the forestry sciences are a big focus, and photosynthesis and climate change are topics within the school curriculum so the congress is a perfect fit for the region.” Gold Coast to host Sport Management Conference AUSTRALIA’s Gold Coast is to host the Sport Management Association of Australia and New Zealand (SMAANZ) Conference in November 2017. The conference is expected to attract around 200 sports leaders and profes- sional sport administrators from organ- isations including the Commonwealth Games Federation, Team Australia and professional sports leagues. Delegates from national and state level sporting organisations as well as academics also will attend. The conference will provide practical insight into Commonwealth Games-re- lated sport management themes and ex- amine current sports industry challenges and opportunities. According to SMAANZ past vice president, associate professor Popi Sotiriadou, the conference will provide opportunities for international and na- tional delegates to engage with industry representatives through an integration of panels and symposia with a particular attention on mega sporting events and the example of the Gold Coast 2018 Commonwealth Games. “The conference will provide practical insights into Commonwealth Games-re- lated sport management themes, such as the legacy of major sporting events, as well as current sport industry chal- lenges and opportunities,” she said. The conference will also provide members of the association with pre and post conference options to include tours of GC2018 facilities and venues.