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Darwin Showcase its culture and cuisine


The diverse and inspiring business events proposition posed by Darwin was recently on show for a select group of event planners who represented PCOs, DMCs, corporations, institutes and associations.
Hosted by the NT Convention Bureau and its industry partners, the four day Darwin Showcase provided invaluable insights into what makes Darwin tick from a culture, cuisine, business and industry perspective.

An al fresco breakfast on the waterfront Frangipani Plaza at the award-winning Darwin Convention Centre set the scene and was followed by a business session which provided valuable insights into the NT, via presentations from a range of local speakers. 

Tom Curtain from the Katherine Outback Experience talked about his own personal journey and the challenges he overcame to become an award-winning musician, horse-trainer, businessman and motivational speaker based in the Top End of the NT.  His company delivers an outback show that provides a unique window into the inner workings of life on a cattle station.

Michael Tennant, CEO of the NT Government’s Department of Trade, Business and Innovation highlighted the key industry and business strengths of the NT and talked about the great synergies and opportunities they present for Business Events. He also made mention of the newly-released Master Brand for the NT which reinforces this message via the words “The Territory. Boundless Possible”.

Andrew Hopper, who is Deputy CEO of the NT Government’s Department of Tourism and Culture, also spoke about Darwin’s appeal and the ways in which the Government’s various ‘Turbocharging Tourism’ initiatives are having a positive influence on the NT’s capacity to attract business events.

Cultural inclusions in the Showcase program drew meaningful comments from the Darwin Showcase participants. These included the Pudakul Aboriginal Cultural tour which was conducted by an Aboriginal community elder and his daughter, delivering fascinating insights from the two generations.  Back in the CBD, the group also engaged in painting and weaving workshops with Aboriginal Bush Traders

David Leach, Conference & Events Manager with the Australian Society of Medical Imaging and Radiation Therapy, summed up his very positive impressions as a result of his participation on Darwin Showcase.

“It’s a destination that’s on many people’s bucket list - combine that with amazing weather, a relaxed vibe, unique Australian cultural experiences, a nice convention centre and a town that delegates can easily walk around,” he said.  “There are some awesome venues for events and local providers who are willing to do whatever it takes, which means it ticks a lot of boxes. The precinct near the convention centre makes things easy and being on the doorstep to Kakadu and the Tiwi islands makes it a unique destination for pre and post event touring options too. “

Darwin’s impressive dining venues featured strongly in the very positive feed-back from this year’s Showcase participants. These included dinner on the picturesque waterfront lawns of SKYCITY Darwin, outdoors under the stars at the award-winning Pee Wee’s at the Point and the roast suckling pig banquet which is a signature dish of Wharf One Food and Wine.  Culminating in a hosted breakfast on the lawns of Club Tropical Resort on the final morning of the program, delegates were left in no doubt as to Darwin’s cuisine credentials. 

A tour of the renowned National Critical Care and Trauma Response Centre’s warehouse facility enlightened delegates as to Darwin’s many technical tour offerings.  The ‘Meet the Market’ informal trade show session held during Showcase on the deck at The Precinct, just adjacent to the Darwin Convention Centre, addressed any remaining queries regarding the destination’s capacity and capability.

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