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A group of conference planners representing not-for-profit organisations, associations and societies recently discovered why the multi award-winning Darwin Convention Centre and the Top End of the Northern Territory present such strong appeal for business events.

They were participating on the annual four-day ‘Meet Darwin’ gathering hosted by the Darwin Convention Centre in partnership with NT Business Events.

A strong cultural theme throughout the program enabled a genuine connection with the Larrakia People, traditional landowners of the Darwin region. Highlights included the ‘Welcome to Country’ ceremony, the Convention Centre’s stunning Seven Seasons Dinner, a Larrakia Saltwater Ceremony at the Waterfront Lagoon and a bushfood-inspired breakfast at Parliament House.

The program also included visits to the Mindil Beach Sunset Markets, Litchfield National Park, the Royal Flying Doctor Service Tourist Facility, a Sea Darwin cruise on the harbour and meeting some unique NT residents at Crocosaurus Cove.

Darwin continues to be a popular choice for health industry conferences and the NT offers specialisations in remote and rural health, trauma and emergency response, tropical and Aboriginal health. ‘Meet Darwin 2022’ itself coincided with the staging of the Spine Society Australia’s 33rd Annual Scientific Meeting which hosted over 320 attendees at the Centre.

Other NT industry strength sectors such as agribusiness, oil and gas, mining and renewable energy also provide scope for interesting offsite technical tours, a depth of locally based speakers and at times, bonus regional delegate attendance.

Paula Rowntree, Head of Events & Experience with the Australian Psychological Society spoke about her ‘Meet Darwin’ experience.

“The main surprise was the size of the Darwin Convention Centre which was an absolute eye-opener - so much bigger than I’d expected,” she said. “It has great spaces, you can do multiple concurrent sessions and trade exhibitions, it has an auditorium and is in walking distance of everything.”

“I believe Darwin can really set the scene for the rest of Australia on how conferences should look post-Covid by incorporating more experiential activity into a program. It’s definitely on my ‘hit list’ now.”

To enquire about booking a conference or event at the Darwin Convention Centre, contact or call +61 08 8923 9000.


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