Impact Publications : MiceBTN_65
Page 40 • MICEBTN - DEC 2016 - FEB 2017 KEvIN Sumption, director and ceo of the Australian National Maritime Museum has worked with some of the world’s most prestigious museums and institutions, including Australia’s Powerhouse Museum and the United Kingdom’s Royal Museums Greenwich. Since his appointment in 2012, he has championed new and inspiring experiences, exhibitions and initiatives. Some of these include the brand new conference centre and three unique new venues available in the Museum’s dynamic permanent attraction, Action Stations. Weather in December what can we expect? Very hot and sometimes humid. So for visitors, I suggest bringing an umbrella and some sunblock! What’s the first thing I should do after check in? I would recommend stretching your legs and taking a stroll around Darling Harbour. There’s plenty to see and do – lots of cafes and bars, Tumbalong Park, the Chinese Gardens of Friendship and of course the Australian National Maritime Museum with the largest in-water fleet in the Southern Hemisphere. Then take a ferry to Circular Quay. Where would you suggest friends meet for an intimate drink? Working in Darling Harbour there is a plethora of places to enjoy an after-work drink. The Port is a light and airy bar with a coastal vibe and a fabulous harbour view. What is the best place for lunch? The museum’s waterside café Yots is great for a casual lunch. I also enjoy Balla by In Sydney, the Novotel Darling Harbour is our preferred property for visiting VIPs. The rooms, catering and friendly staff are key – and I also like the Hyatt Regency. Favourite weekend activity? I particularly enjoy Sydney’s wonderful waterways. I suggest a Tribal Warrior cruise of Sydney Harbour to hear stories of the original people who lived on the harbour foreshore. If it is my first visit, what are some of the must-sees? I’ll list some: The harbour bridge, Opera House, Royal Botanical Gardens, Rocks, Rocks Discovery Museum, the National Maritime Museum’s Endeavour replica, the Manly to Spit Bridge scenic walk. Any areas or tourist spots I should avoid? Not really. Bondi can be very crowded, so swim or surf at one of Sydney’s equally beau- tiful but less well-known beach spots. If I want to bring home a memento of the trip what would you suggest? For something truly special I suggest supporting contemporary Indigenous artists and buying a piece of Aboriginal art. For galleries selling Aboriginal Art try Boomalli Aboriginal Artists Co-operative in Leichardt which is owned and run by Aboriginal community members and features art from all around Australia. My town... SYDNEY Manfredi at the Star – great food, fabulous atmosphere. And dinner? Sydney is multicultural so Chinatown is an obvious choice. Alternatively try one of the pop up night markets if it is festival time. Who or what has had the most influence on your career? My grandfather encouraged my interest in design and my strongest subjects at school were art, history and tech drawing. That all combined to take me into exhibi- tions and museums and ultimately to where I am today. What do you think will have the most im- pact on tourism in the next decade? Definitely the growth in Chinese tourism. Chinese visitation ranks top at the museum this year, a 225 per cent increase. Favourite hotel?