2018 has been a year of outstanding events, trips and conferences for our clients and team. As you might have learned from previous posts, our team is a well-travelled crew of events and conference experts and this year we’ve used up a few more pages in our passports and discovered some spectacular events and conference locations.
Here are the highlights of 2018 according to our team members…
Unique Ulster (Northern Ireland)
Ulster is the one part of the UK I hadn’t visited but always wanted to. Unlike the many medieval cities in the UK, Belfast developed in the 19th Century; hence it has a modern grid layout and some spectacular Victorian architecture.
Being a Titanic tragic, the Titanic Museum was top on my list of things to see. In 2016 it was voted the world’s leading tourist attraction and it did not disappoint. Built on the original Harland & Wolff shipyards it also has excellent function spaces for banquets of 300 plus, one of which has a backdrop replica of the famous Grand Staircase.
The restaurant and pub scene in Belfast is vibrant with a growing culinary reputation and the meals we had there are testimony to that.
Visiting the famous sights on the spectacular north coast, the Giants Causeway, Carrick-e-Rede Bridge, sights familiar to Game of Thrones fans as well as Bushmills Whiskey Distillery and Londonderry with its ancient medieval walls gave us great insights into the history of this fascinating corner of the UK.
Northern California Dreaming
Kevin, Operations Manager
My highlight trip of 2018 has undoubtedly got to be my experiences across Northern California. Visiting the Yosemite Falls National Park was spectacular and seeing the Yosemite Falls in its natural glory was amazing. We then got to contrast this with watching the sun set over San Francisco from the top of the famous Fairmont Hotel. We happened to be there when Tony Bennett was honoured with the renaming of the street outside the Fairmont to ‘Tony Bennett Way’.
Carpet Court Conference
Bec, Account Manager
My highlight for the year has got to be the outstanding conference we managed for one of our clients, national retailer Carpet Court. The conference was a large-scale event with detailed planning and preparation and we were so pleased with the results. Check out this video which sums it up.
Global adventures from Asia to Scandinavia
Hayden, Business Development Executive
I had two highlights in what’s been a busy year of events. The first highlight has to be the two weeks I spent leading the Building Design Association of Victoria (BDAV) Study Tour to Scandinavia. Along the way we saw some amazing architecture, experienced the different Scandinavian cultures and more importantly met some great people. With this BDAV travel experience fresh in my memory I’m already looking forward to next year’s tour to South America which promises to be just as incredible.
My second highlight was the week-long famil trip to Bangkok and Koh Samui. We stayed at some amazing hotels, ate in the most luxurious venues and did some fun activities. Again I was lucky enough to meet some great people along the way and the Impact team can’t wait to take a group to Thailand.
Anne, Senior Account Manager
My 2018 highlight was our program to Alaska in June. Alaska provided a complete contrast to a busy program in San Francisco with picturesque scenery and warm local hospitality. We stayed at the Alyeska Resort and then had 2 days in Anchorage before taking an Inside Passage cruise from Anchorage to Vancouver.
The resort is nestled amongst the Chugach mountains and surrounded by 7 glaciers. The highlight activity without doubt was the glacier dog-sledding. The trip involved a return helicopter trip from the nearby heli base to a summer dog camp situated high up on a glacier, see video. These dogs are trained for races such as the famous Iditarod and can’t afford to lose their peak physical condition in summer, hence why the operators run dogsledding trips for the tourists. As we discovered, it’s ALL about the dogs!
From Anchorage, the group of 150 was treated to a flightseeing tour to the Knik and Colony Glaciers. The gigantic Knik glacier is 5 miles wide and 25 miles long. The return trip took around 1.5 hours with the plane landing at the foot of the Colony Glacier. The scenery was spectacular and we saw majestic blue glaciers, ice falls, giant icebergs and of course various wildlife including moose.
Looking ahead to 2019
In 2019 we have events taking place in locations including Hamilton Island, the Yarra Valley, Gold Coast, Melbourne, Brazil, Argentina, Switzerland, France and Italy with plenty more in the pipeline.
As our events software’s functions and capabilities evolve each month, we’re thrilled to be able to uncover new opportunities for our clients and value being a part of their organisations’ growth.
We wish everyone a very merry Christmas and a safe, healthy and prosperous New Year in 2019.