The new-look event BE Immersed: Cairns & Great Barrier Reef, evolved fromâ€¯the Sell TNQ educational programme, was held earlier this month.
Nineteen Australian meeting planners, including two media delegates, were immersed in the region undertaking a four-day programme in Cairns and Port Douglas.
On Day 1, the group toured the newly refurbished Cairns Convention Centre, nearby hotels and offsite venues and participated in one-on-one appointments with Cairns suppliers before dining under the stars overlooking the marina.
Day 2 started with an aquarium breakfast, hotel site inspections, and soaring above the rainforest canopy aboard a cableway. Drinks during the golden hour of the sun setting in the middle of cane field and dinner in the middle of a disused World War II naval oil storage tank impressed. The evening event saw fire dancers lighting up the sugar cane, silk aerialists performing from the rafters above, and the soulful tunes of AustraNesia telling the stories of their Torres Strait Islander and South Pacific members.
The group then journeyed north on Day 3, met with Port Douglas suppliers and explored business events venues. They also got to hang out with the local wildlife and go for a Dreamtime Walk at Mossman Gorge.