The National Convention Centre (NCC) has capped off one of its busiest years yet with a major award win at the 2012 national Australian Tourism Awards.
The National Convention Centre has been named the nation’s best Meetings and Business Tourism organisation in Australia, in recognition of its efforts to maximise the local tourism experience for meetings and business travellers to the ACT.
The award follows the National Convention Centre’s win, for the second consecutive year, as Canberra’s best Meetings and Business Tourism organisation.
Accepting the award on behalf of the team last Friday evening, National Convention Centre manager Cindy Young said the past year had been particularly successful for the venue, in terms of securing and delivering major events for the region.
“During the 2010/11 financial year, the National Convention Centre hosted 375 events and welcomed more than 270,000 people through its doors, contributing almost $200 million to the local economy – not bad for a city of 380,000 people!” Cindy Young said.
“After such a busy period, it’s very rewarding to achieve recognition amongst the country’s best business tourism operators, especially given the strength of our national competition,” Cindy said.
“The National Convention Centre team strives for excellence in everything we do – from securing national association and high-level Government conferences for the region and delivering unforgettable events for meetings and business travellers in their thousands, to supporting the local community through our extensive responsible and sustainable business initiatives.”
Cindy said the National Convention Centre is in the thick of a busy year, with the return of major annual events including the Australian Open Squash championships, defence and security events Security in Government and MilCIS, and ABARE’s Agricultural Outlook conference.
The National Convention Centre recently hosted AMP’s national conference the launch of Mazda’s new SUV, the CX-5, and is in preparations to host headlining international music acts including Seal and Evanescence.
Other major milestones this year include the National Convention Centre hosting the first annual Ronald McDonald House Charity Ball, in support of Canberra’s first Ronald McDonald House, on March 24. Recently, the National Convention Centre also set a major sustainability benchmark when it became Australia’s first conference centre to pioneer the installation of electric car charge spots.
Managed by IHG (InterContinental Hotels Group), the National Convention Centre is the largest purpose-built meetings and events facility in Canberra. Originally opened in 1989 and receiving a multi-million dollar refurbishment in 2007, the venue offers 13 major spaces including the 2500-seat Royal Theatre, exhibition hall, ballroom, theatrettes, and workshop rooms across a compact yet flexible and easy-to-navigate floor plan.
For more information on this initiative, visit www.nccc.com.au .