Whether you’re a businessman, public servant or representative of an organisation, one task that will come up every so often is arranging a conference for both internal and external figures. It’s a task that usually eats a large amount of one’s time as organisers find information on a range of hotels and other meeting spots before checking them against myriad attributes. Fortunately, however, top hotels for conferences exist in every major Australian city, meaning it is not impossible for you to impress colleagues and stakeholders with your choice of hotel.
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Hotel Lindrum, a Melbourne hotel situated in the heart of the city, provides a classy, yet value-for-money option, which is great for those organising a meeting or conference on behalf of a small business. The Lindrum’s Australian Room offers a cosy but highly professional setting for meetings of up to ten people. At $400 for a full day or $280 for a half day, and with a tailor-made menu for meetings offering food and beverage options from $15 per person, a corporate meeting in the Australian Room can boost a small business’ clout without eating its hard earned profits.
The Sebel Pier One in Sydney has breathtaking waterfront views that will charm even the fussiest of conference guests. Overlooking Sydney Harbour, Pier One’s main conference venue is able to fit 440 guests, which makes it a great choice for large conferences of a high-level and prestigious nature. Alternatively, Sebel Pier One has seven smaller conference rooms, allowing for an elegant, yet more intimate atmosphere for corporate small business meetings. While it is on the expensive side, the highly sophisticated atmosphere and the first-rate views make Pier One an excellent choice.
The Crowne Plaza Canberra is in a central location close to the National Convention Centre, giving guests easy access to any large functions occurring there. The Plaza has six meeting rooms which cater for conferences and corporate meetings with few or many guests. Its largest room, The Glebe, fits up to 50 guests in a meeting setting while the smallest room in the Crowne, Pods 1, fits up to 17. Such diversity of rooms in a prime location gives Crowne Plaza something to offer for large and small businesses alike.
The Crowne Plaza in Canberra is not the only one excellent for conferences; Adelaide’s Crowne Plaza also offers outstanding facilities for those in Australia’s south. Like its Canberra counterpart, Adelaide’s Crowne Plaza has a diverse array of meeting rooms, with seven being offered by the hotel. Along with luxury, the Plaza’s state of the art technology in its function rooms is its major strongpoint. The Hindmarsh Ballroom, for instance, includes a built-in data projector and screen which has been deemed as the “latest in technical facilities” by the hotel.
When it comes to size, Brisbane’s Pullman Hotel is unrivalled in the Queensland capital. Located in the centre of the city, the Pullman has the capacity to fit up to 1000 people in its largest ball room, an easy fit for even the largest of corporate functions. For smaller corporate meetings, the hotel also has two boardrooms. On top of all this, the Pullman Hotel also boasts the 50-seater King George Room, which overlooks Brisbane’s King George Square, giving it character for those hosting a conference with a sophisticated touch.
Over in the country’s west, the Duxton Hotel in Perth is an attractive hotel venue for conferences given its five-star facilities and location near the Swan River in the city centre. With nine meeting rooms, ranging from a function floor on the Lower Lobby Level and the six-seater Duxton 5 meeting room, the hotel appeals to those hosting large and small conferences and meetings. The Duxton Hotel is located on St Georges Terrace, which has public transport connections to Perth’s Domestic Airport, making it a great choice if catering to interstate guests.
In Australia’s north, the Vibe Hotel Darwin Waterfront offers four flexible conference and meeting rooms within walking distance of Darwin’s Central Business District. The Vibe is situated in the recently developed Waterfront precinct, which contains many top alfresco restaurants and entertainment areas. Vibe Hotel is also 20 kilometres from Darwin Airport, making it a great hotel to hold a conference if attendees are flying in from elsewhere.
Australia boasts some of the best hotels for conferences and corporate meetings. Hotels in every major city in the country contain conference rooms to cater for both small and large conferences as well as professional atmospheres for even the highest-level of meetings. With central, easily accessible locations and state of the art technological facilities in these venues, a business can easily consider flying into a new location for the annual company conference or function.
Carla C. Burton is a self-employed Travel and Hospitality writer with a BBA in Business Administration from Bond University. Although a Gold Coast native, Carla moved to Melbourne in 2008 to further her writing career in the Travel industry. Carla has become a top contributor to many Travel blogs world-wide and thoroughly enjoys the freedom that self-employment has provided her. To find out more about Carla or to follow her other posts, follow her on Twitter @CarlaCBurton.