As it heads towards the 10th anniversary this October, the National Wine Centre of Australia has released some positive figures for the first 6 months of this calendar year
Function numbers are up from the same time (June 30) 2010 by 1,146 guests
Event numbers are by 37 with
- breakfasts increasing by 15%,
- cocktail receptions up by 20%,
- meetings and conferences up by 25%
- dinners increasing by 40%
- wedding receptions slightly decreased on the same time to June 2010.
National Wine Centre General Manager Adrian Emeny said “make no mistake, functions are the backbone of our business and as such to see an increase in business as we have in the past months is heartening. We still have hordes of tourists visiting to admire our unique architecture and enjoy the exhibition and we still conduct tastings with encouraging regularity. In addition our non-function catering side including the concourse cafe which commenced trading for Sunday brunch some months ago, our fortnightly Friday after work drinks “Uncorked” and our self-managed and promoted Wine Dinners which have also been running well this year” .
One noticeable difference between recent times and the past is that many functions are being booked at short notice said Mr Emeny
The National Wine Centre also operates the catering service at two of the University of Adelaide campuses and maintains its other core focus being wine appreciation and education via its association with the National Wine Education and Training Centre and the University of Adelaide viticulture and wine science department.
All in all the National Wine Centre is in fine shape as it heads into its tenth year.