Winter 2016 Newsletter
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Canberra Convention Bureau / Think Canberra
Welcome to our Winter Newsletter 2016


Canberra - Brilliant Possibilities
We think Canberra is a brilliant place to hold your next conference or meeting. But don’t just take our word for it – see what others are saying.


The social program can make or break your delegates' conference experience.  After-hours events and partner programs can take your event from good to great. Canberra's sights, sounds and tastes are all neatly packed into a compact city that allows you to go from meeting to play in just a few moments.

  • Start the day with a early morning balloon flight over the city and still be in time for the conference session of the day. Take a late afternoon curated tour at the National Museum of Australia, followed by a short drive to the National Arboretum for sunset cocktails with stunning views of the city landscape
  • Include tickets to a Canberra Writers Festival (26th - 28th August) event in your delegate pack. With a lineup that includes Yann Martel (Life of Pi),  former Greens leader Bob Brown, Sara Wilson (I Quit Sugar) and Rosalie Ham (The Dressmaker), there’s something for everyone.
  • With more than 30 cellar doors a 35 minute drive from the city, there’s a burgeoning wine district to explore. Contact us to organise a day tour of the region for your delegates
  • Download Canberra’s official video itinerary planner app. for more inspiration. The Canberra Trip Planner is available from the App Store or get it on Google Play



Samantha Sefton commences as Director of Business Development – Sydney, looking after the key markets of New South Wales and New Zealand. Samantha brings great experience to the team with over 20 years business events and hospitality experience. Her most recent role in the industry was as Business Events Manager for Voyages Indigenous Tourism Australia, and previously she held roles with ICMS Australia and Forum Group Events.

Adriana Perabo has been appointed as Business Development Manager, responsible for national sales activities in Victoria, Tasmania and Queensland. Previously, Adriana spent five years with Accor Hotels in a number of sales and marketing roles as part of their Sales Fast Track to Management Program. This included Accor Head Office in Sydney, Novotel Manly, Novotel Olympic Park and Sebel Pier One Sydney, before moving to Novotel Canberra in 2015.


  • Host a cocktail event or dinner during Nightfest at Floriade in a private marquee set amongst the garden beds of Canberra’s iconic celebration of Spring. Gema Group have a great range of menus and packages just for Floriade.
  • Direct international flights from Canberra to Wellington and Singapore commence on 21 September when Singapore Airlines launches its ‘Capital Express’ route. With four flights a week scheduled between the two cities, now it’s even easier to hold your next event in Canberra.
  • Versailles – Treasures from the Palace, is this year’s blockbuster exhibition at the National Gallery of Australia.  Organise a private tour for delegates or let The Big Group design and cater a themed event in one of the Gallery’s unique spaces.


Are you considering hosting a conference in Canberra but don’t know where to start? Need help with your bid document, letters of support or venue and accommodation proposals? Take advantage of the Bureau's local knowledge, connections and event expertise. We can guide you through every step of the event planning process from preparing and presenting a bid to organising site inspections, as well as assisting with delegate boosting and event promotion. Contact us for free and impartial advice.
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