Happiness is Conferencing in Fiji!

The Intercontinental Fiji Golf Resort & Spa at Natadola Bay hosted our recent conference for some 250 carpet retailers, sponsors and corporate staff.

The four-night program was action packed with an enjoyable balance between work, rest and play.

Social functions included a cocktail outdoor welcome reception with live cooking food stations and cultural entertainment; a pirate themed costume party on a private beach with some very impressive fire dancers and a Bollywood themed gala dinner in a spectacularly themed setting. Following the gala dinner the group kicked on at a specially created private nightclub with entertainment by renowned DJ “Hot Dub Time Machine” taking us on a musical journey from 1954 to the present – with his high energy show of light and sound.

Just one week before the conference Fiji was unfortunately hit by the devastating Cyclone Winston. We collaborated with our client and came up with ways that we could contribute to the restoration of the island. This included an auction during the gala dinner where over AU$15,000 was raised for the victims and rebuilding of the devastated areas.

Additionally, attendees were given the opportunity to donate anything from clothing to toiletries, food, toys and school stationary. The donations were very generous and filled a large pick-up truck to the brim. One of the conference sponsors, Dunlop Flooring, were extremely generous and sent an entire shipping container load of Bonds underwear and clothing along with Tontine bedding to Fiji!

The speaker line up included emcee and presenter Scott Williams, who also launched his brand new book “The Happy Human” at the conference. Scott is a perennial favourite because of his incredible sense of humour and ability to emcee, present key notes and comedy sketches.

We’d have to also make mention of the standing ovation received by Michael Crossland who presented an inspiring story of survival against the odds and a life dedicated to enriching the lives of others encapsulated by his quote “master the gift of giving and you will master the gift of life”. There were a number of other outstanding and inspiring presenters offering advice on many aspects of modern business, technology and the importance of social media and how it is driving business growth.

The service at the InterContinental Fiji Resort was outstanding, matched by an incomparable setting of spectacular white sandy beach lined with swaying palms. It just doesn’t get much better!

Feel free to contact Amanda for more inspiration on Fiji on 03 9535 3600.

 


 

Teambuilding with Music and Jetfighters

Are you looking for new or novel ideas for your next team building activity?   Here are a couple of options that we have come across recently that are worthy of  consideration.

Sir Richard Branson describes SongDivision as “a great company connecting employees and customers using the power of music”.   SongDivision develop creative solutions to help you communicate your message and entertain your audience, through the power and magic of music. They can offer a number of different programs that can be tailored to your needs.

Fighter pilots operate in some of the most rapidly changing, complex and hostile environments on Earth, yet they consistently excel in achieving planned outcomes. They are also particularly adept at maintaining clear focus on objectives in the midst of complexity. This is a learned skill too, that relies on simple and repeatable processes to get things done, but unlike their other skills it requires no special talent acheter viagra gratuit.   Afterburner Australia & New Zealand is a team of fighter pilots who are passionate about helping business learn and apply the same techniques to achieve mission success that worked for them in their air force careers.

This might be an incongruous mix of ideas, but it just goes to show that there are many different ways to get your teams to collaborate, communicate and bond to achieve those lofty goals you are aiming for.  For more information contact Mike on 03 9535 3600.

The World’s Adrenaline Capital?

On a recent incentive trip of over 200 persons to Queenstown, New Zealand, participants had the privilege of selecting an activity of their choice on their leisure day.

Of the activities offered, over 50 of them chose skydiving!!! While there were some nerves and a sense of dread, everyone followed through and all came back exhilarated. A tick off the bucket list for many.

Another 50 plus chose the scenic helicopter trip to the Ledge. We also had a group of petrol heads who went to the fantastic Highland Motorsport Park for an amazing GoKart experience, speed circuits in the Porches and a visit to the excellent motor museum.

Other activities selected included paragliding, quadbiking, zip trekking and of course bungy jumping.

It was not all action and adrenaline; some chose to tour the wineries of the Gibston Valley along with an excellent lunch at one of the wine estates. Another group chose golf at the picturesque Jack’s Point Golf Club and others chose to indulge themselves with spa treatments.

All this packed into a single day’s activity!

New Zealand Tourism’s marketing boasts of Queenstown as the Adrenaline Capital of the World, a claim we’d endorse. Click here to view some of the other activities they list as adrenaline pumping activities. Add to this it is a year round destination and exceptional value for money.

There are regular well timed daily flights from Sydney, Melbourne and Brisbane making the logistics of moving over 200 persons in a single day a breeze.

For a rewarding incentive or conference in Queenstown call Mike on mobile +61 438 73 2366 or landline +61 3 9535 3600

Which Rate As World’s Top 10 Paradise Islands?

What about the Isle of Pines, New Caledonia?

I have been privileged to have visited 4 of those listed in the Top 10, click here to find out which they are. One of my favourites didn’t appear on the list and that is the Isle of Pines in New Caledonia. It’s a little slice of heaven on earth. With its trade mark Columnar Pines and the unusual lush tropical vegetation, the landscape could best be described as Jurassic Park meets Bonsai.

While kayaking on the lagoons, you see nothing but crystal clear turquoise waters, white sandy beaches, bizarre rocky limestone outcrops topped with lush vegetation. You don’t see roads, buildings, crowds of people, just pure paradise. At one point I spotted 5 large sea turtles lazily swimming less than 30 metres away.

Le Meridien Isle of Pines is a stunning low rise resort that blends harmoniously into its surroundings. It is a perfect venue for a smaller incentive group, but also ideal as a “buy out” for anyone looking at about 30 to 40 rooms. Turn the resort into your own private club, an ultimate reward and getaway.

Only 20 minutes flying time from the capital Noumea and regular direct flights to Noumea from Melbourne, Sydney and Brisbane, access is easy. Whet your appetite and check out the video.

I guess Isle of Pines didn’t make the top 10 purely because it is not overrun by tourism and not enough people have visited to vote for it. Maybe we should keep it a secret.

For those wanting to visit, New Caledonia Tourism will come to the party with support for site inspections. Click here for details.

Unspoilt beauty 5 minute walk from Le Meridian
Unspoilt beauty 5 minute walk from Le Meridien