Over the last year Brisbane has been bursting at the seams with new hotels, venues and stylish dining options. It’s recent transformation cementing it as a sophisticated city offering so much for conference and incentive groups.
Brisbane has fantastic airport infrastructure and a wide range of conference venues and accommodation facilities that can be tailored to suit conference delegations of all sizes. The warmer climate and easy going attitude make Brisbane a popular choice for organisers looking to get their group away to a slightly more relaxed environment, without loosing the benefit of a major city’s offerings.
The area has seen a big boost in new hotel openings such as the latest Art Series Hotel - The Fantauzzo, named after award winning Australian painter Vincent Fantauzzo, renowned for his skill in portraiture. The six-storey 166-suite hotel features his original artworks and offer complimentary art tours, multiple restaurants and a rooftop pool and bar with views of the river.
New venue spaces have also opened up along the Howard Street Wharves precinct giving event organisers an abundance of venues to choose from such as Arc Dining and Wine Bar, which opened in March 2019 and offers a 400-plus strong wine list curated by award-winning sommelier, Ian Trinkle.
For groups, there’s plenty to choose from for activities outside conference hours and a great range of team building experiences, pre and post touring options and off-site activities. Take a quick cruise to Brisbane’s popular Moreton Island where delegates can try their hand at sandboarding down the dunes or conquer a fear of heights by abseiling down or scaling up the raw cliff face of Kangaroo Point.
Taking in the spectacular views from Story Bridge Climb is also a popular choice and if your group is looking for something more low key, why not explore the city views from a kayak or try stand-up paddle boarding. There’s so much to choose from and something to suit all types. They can even cuddle a koala (and get the photo to prove it) at Lone Pine Koala Sanctuary.
As one of the fastest-growing regions in Australia, Brisbane has been tipped by business experts to overtake Hong Kong and Singapore as the fastest-growing mature city in the world over the next 10 years. It’s easy to see why it’s becoming more popular with businesses as a conference destination. And with the gorgeous Brisbane River winding through the centre of the city, it also offers some spectacular views.
Brisbane Airport is located less than 20 minutes’ drive from the CBD and the city itself is becoming even more accessible with new air routes opening up continually. Currently serviced by more than 30 airlines - including 29 direct international destinations and 40 domestic destinations. There’s also construction underway to make the airport operate at a comparable capacity to Singapore by 2020.
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