Designed to showcase regional Victoria’s premier business events destinations and facilities to event planners prior to their attendance at AIME, Hosted Buyers can select from 15 different pre tour programs in total in 2013, with new tours as follows:
Daylesford and Macedon Ranges
Victoria’s home of indulgence is an easy 90-minute drive from Melbourne and boasts the highest concentration of mineral springs in Australia. This pre tour will showcase the region’s premier conference facilities which double as spa retreats.
The striking contrast of cosmopolitan Mildura from the surrounding landscape of desert and lush farmland make it a unique conference destination. Hosted Buyers will explore the region’s historic venues which enjoy close proximity to the mighty Murray River.
Gippsland offers unspoilt beaches and majestic mountain ranges all within range of state-of-the-art performing arts centres and large-scale conference facilities. On this pre tour, Hosted Buyers will have the opportunity to test their surfing skills before visiting venues which boast spectacular coastal views.
Known as one of Victoria’s most progressive, provincial centres, Wangaratta is only a stone’s throw away from the Victorian Alps and has a range of new conference and business events facilities. Hosted Buyers will discover them all with this pre tour that combines wine and fresh produce tasting with a leisurely bike ride.
Great Ocean Road
Victoria’s iconic Great Ocean Road is famous for its breathtaking ocean views and stunning beaches, making it a premier destination for conferences and business events. This pre tour allows time for outdoor yoga and rainforest walks, finishing with a delicious lunch at one of the region’s wineries.
These new options will join existing tours including Phillip Island, Mornington Peninsula, Bendigo, Ballarat and Melbourne, and will take place between Friday, 22 to Sunday, 24 February, 2013.
Karen Bolinger, Chief Executive Officer of the Melbourne Convention + Visitors Bureau, said pre tours provide the perfect opportunity to experience Melbourne and regional Victoria first-hand:
“We appreciate that many of our buyers travel to Melbourne for AIME from overseas and interstate, so we endeavour to provide them with unforgettable experiences and most importantly, valuable opportunities, showcasing not only Melbourne but regional Victoria’s business events capabilities within a 90 minute radius of the city,” Ms Bolinger said.
“We have no doubt the pre tour program for 2013 will showcase why the state of Victoria should be at the top of the destination list when booking conventions, meetings and incentive trips.”