Australia/NZ Supplement March/April 2022 - Page 22

Northern Territory

NT delivering distinctive events

Big space and a big and inviting events canvas awaits in the Northern Territory
t a time when business events destinations which offer a pristine environment , uncrowded spaces and meaningful experiences are in strong demand , Australia ’ s Northern Territory ( NT ) stakes an impressive claim .
Encompassing 1,348,199sq . km , the NT is the size of France , Italy and Spain combined but with a population of just 250,000 .
Wide-open spaces invite unhurried exploration which can include engaging with a 65,000-year-old Aboriginal culture .
The Northern Territory is divided into two main regions . The tropical northernmost region , which includes the capital , Darwin , plus World- Heritage listed Kakadu , Australia ’ s largest National Park . Further south , the desert landscape of Central Australia is home to icons such as Uluru ( Ayers Rock ), Kata Tjuta ( the Olgas ) and the quintessential outback town of Alice Springs .
destination selection and planning less onerous in these challenging times . In addition to encouraging suppliers to offer flexibility to planners dealing with event date and attendance changes , the Northern Territory Business Events Support Fund has been able to offer assistance of a minimum AUD $ 100 per delegate for eligible events .
Director of NT Business Events ( NTBE ), Rebecca McCaig , says : “ We see first-hand how NT Business Events can facilitate profound connections between people and place . More than ever , the marketplace is seeking to stage genuine and engaging events after the hiatus of the past few years .”
The NTBE brand positions the Northern Territory as ‘ different in every sense for business events ’. “ We aim to provide planners with as much of a sensory destination experience as possible . Our engaging online programmes , especially relevant for international planners , include dot-painting workshops , ‘ live ’ yoga sessions and didgeridoo lessons ,” says McCaig . “ We ’ re cautiously optimistic and , in partnership with Tourism Australia , hope to continue supporting international familiarisation trips and growing corporate and incentive opportunities from Northern Hemisphere markets .”
Top End Safari Camp in the Greater Darwin region . It provides access to exciting wildlife interaction and touring . And the Katherine Outback Experience , south-east of Darwin , offers skilled horse-riding and cattle dog demonstrations , live music and bush tales , and can be complemented by a luxury overnight stay delivered by Flashcamp NT .
Cultural engagement in the NT takes many forms , including ‘ Welcome to Country ’ ceremonies conducted by Traditional Landowners , myriad art galleries and ancient rock-art . Performances by Aboriginal groups can also deliver a profound impact on delegates . Traditional bush foods are a feature of local cuisine and the ‘ Seven Seasons ’ dinner at Darwin Convention Centre provides a cultural showcase of Darwin ’ s Traditional Owners , the Larrakia People .
Further information on the NT : https :// destination . ntbusinessevents . com . au .
Field of Light installation at Uluru . Photo : NT Tourism and Salty Aura
Northern Territory Business Events provides practical support to make
The NT offers an incentive product portfolio aimed at corporate high achievers . Examples include Longitude 131 , a luxury resort with views of Uluru , enhanced by the spectacular Field of Light installation nearby which has 50,000 slender stems topped with frosted-glass spheres glowing each evening on the desert sands .
Matt Wright , known for his ‘ Outback Wrangler ’ show on the National Geographic channel , operates the
Art and culture are integral to NT business events . Photo : Tourism NT and James Fisher