Autumn 2016 Newsletter - Capital Express Connects Canberra
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Canberra Convention Bureau / Think Canberra
Welcome to our Autumn Newsletter 2016


New Delegate Boosting Kit
Canberra is set to welcome international flights, with Singapore Airlines announcing that it will be the first international airline to operate regularly scheduled flights linking the capital with Singapore and Wellington. Dubbed the ‘Capital Express’, this new service opens the door for many conference groups with international representation, and delegates based in Asia and New Zealand.

The direct flights will begin in September this year, making it even easier to bring your next business event to Canberra. For all your event planning assistance, contact our Event Services team – we provide a free and impartial service to help you tap into the best venues, hotels and services in Canberra. Our Delegate Boosting Kit is also a great resource, offering destination content in a range of formats that is easy to share with your delegates


Autumn is one of the best times to experience Canberra’s beautiful bush landscape as the city turns into myriad shades of gold, red, ochre, pink and brown. It’s a great time to be outdoors, cycling alongside Lake Burley Griffin, celebrating the cool climate wine harvest, and pulling on your wellies for a truffle hunt. At Canberra’s Truffle Farm, delegates can join the truffle dogs searching for that perfect truffle, then enjoy a special truffle infused lunch with matching local wines. Sustainable, locally sourced produce features in the Ode to Autumn Dinner at the National Arboretum Canberra - two striking event spaces over sweeping views of the city. For something a bit different, visit the Canberra Glassworks - Smokestack Piano by Ken Unsworth, is a baby grand piano performance complete with glass sound bubbles -  a unique after hours experience.


These are the themes of the inaugural Canberra Writers Festival, taking place from Friday 26 August – Sunday 26 August. The festival takes place across multiple venues around Canberra including the National Museum of Australia, Museum of Australian Democracy at Old Parliament House, National Portrait Gallery and Australian National University. The Festival will showcase national and international writers – providing audiences (and your delegates) with the opportunity to experience creative thinking and fresh ideas in some of Canberra’s unique spaces and places.


The multi awarded National Convention Centre is undergoing a major refurbishment with the first stage of works on track to be completed in 2016. This includes new carpet, new woodwork in the foyer and reception areas, upgrades to the bathrooms and new digital signage throughout the Centre. The works have been planned in stages so it’s business as usual, with work rolling out without customer disruption. The refurbishment is more than just cosmetic. It’s a serious effort to ensure the Centre continues to attract major national and international business events into Canberra. The timing is perfect with international flights linking our national capital with Singapore and New Zealand beginning in September.


If you’re a Canberra based meeting or event planner, register to join the next Canberra Convention Bureau familiarisation on Thursday 12 May. This half day program is a great opportunity to unearth new meeting places and meet industry colleagues. For more information contact Diann Castrissios.
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