Business Events Geelong wowed the Melbourne meetings market last night (Wednesday, 7 August) with more than 120 conference and meeting organisers defying a wet and miserable Melbourne night to attend the show at Showtime Event Centre at South Wharf.
Convention Bureau Manager Terry Hickey said he was thrilled with the success of what has become an annual event.
“We had around 30 regional operators showcasing their world-class facilities to a bevy of high profile event organisers re-confirming just why Geelong, the Bellarine and Great Ocean Road continues to be a popular destination for conferences and events,” he said.
“Our region is renowned for being friendly and personable, and at the end of the day, it is the people who make business events successful.
“The Great Ocean Roadshow is a concept that is designed to connect the people who run our professional products and services, with conference organisers planning future meetings.”
Many guests arrived at the event via water taxi where they were escorted down a red carpet entrance lined by three high end sports cars, a Ferrari, Lamborghini and Maserati supplied by Big Stick Adventures. Guests where then greeted by none other than Hollywood A-lister ‘Hans Olavayu’.
The atmospheric room featured an array of major hotels, resorts and venues, team builders and incentive providers complemented by a selection of local wines, beers .
A highlight of the night was a guest performance by Imogen Brough who had the audience speechless as she sang songs that propelled her into the hearts of Australians through The Voice.
Two major regional experience prizes were drawn on the night, which formed part of a generous pool of giveaways donated by the business events industry which totalled $15,000.