5 Reasons to meet in Cairns & Great Barrier Reef

The only tropical city in Australia with a professional business events industry, Cairns & Great Barrier Reef delivers meetings and events to remember. Here are the Top 5 reasons for choosing Cairns for your next conference.

Scuba diving - Great Barrier Reef
Cairns Convention Centre

1. A global business event destination surrounded by natural beauty

The modern coastal city of Cairns, Australia is the only place in the world with two World Heritage areas side by side making it the picture-perfect location for events designed to impress delegates. The Great Barrier Reef and the Wet Tropics Rainforest offer extraordinary offsite locations and experiences for any group size with the added benefit of a year-round warm climate.

2. Home to one of the most globally awarded Convention Centres in the world

The Cairns Convention Centre is an award-winning venue that is ideal for business events with 300 – 2,500 delegates. The Centre has just re-opened after a refurbishment, and the expansion underway that will add over 10,000sqm of meeting space, opening in 2022.

3. Unique off-site venues

Extraordinary experiences are a speciality in Cairns & Great Barrier Reef where skilled and imaginative event professionals deliver creative ways to impress delegates. Outdoor event locations are in abundance through the region – chose from a rainforest setting where fairy flautists and fire dancers create a magical atmosphere, or under the palm trees overlooking the coral sea, or experience North Queensland culture with an offsite event at a working cane farm.

4. Opportunity to integrate memorable event legacies

Adopt a turtle at the Cairns Turtle Rehabilitation Centre in honour of your conference and get your delegates involved with tracking its progress in the lead up to the event.

Align with Citizens of the Great Barrier Reef where many small actions make a big impact. Encourage delegates to “Hold the Straw”, “BYOB (Bring your own bottle/bag)” or “Sponsor a COTS (Crown-of-thorns starfish) Diver” to increase the conference impact score which can be tracked directly on your very own Citizens dashboard showing how your event makes a difference.

Scuba diving - Great Barrier Reef

5. Amazing activities for delegates pre and post touring

Tours depart daily for visits to the Great Barrier Reef, tropical rainforest, palm fringed tropical islands and the alluring outback, all offering outstanding opportunities for lasting memories. On the Great Barrier Reef, you can dive with turtles, swim with whales and spot Nemo amongst the corals. Get up close and personal with the local residents of one of the region’s wildlife parks by cuddling a koala or hand-feeding kangaroos.

Business Events Cairns & Great Barrier Reef supports meeting planners wishing to bring a business event to our breathtaking location. Visit our website or email businessevents@ttnq.org.au

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