The Pacific’s Most Exciting Locations For A Business Conference
Planning to hold a business conference or special event? Turn it into a real adventure by choosing a location that offers more than just a place to talk business. Though cities across the Pacific deliver in terms of culture and scenery, hosting a conference down-under is not always a planner’s first thought. But consider our list of the best cities in which to host an academic or business event, it’s sure to inspire a bit of Pacific thinking when you’re organising your next international conference.
Practically overrun with apt conference venues, it’s little wonder why this Aussie city is a well-established destination for conference organisers. Buildings like the International Convention Centre are unparalleled for hosting large cohorts, but there are a spattering of more intimate spaces that might better fit your bill too – try the Marriott Hotel or the SMC Function Centre for some good mid-size options. Out of conference hours, the vibrancy of Sydney’s cultural scene will add a welcome joie de vivre to your participants’ stay in the city – and with temperatures mild even in its coldest months, Sydney is a smart choice for that winter conference.
Auckland, New Zealand
Just a hop-skip-and-a-jump across the ditch is Auckland, an ideal conference city for those who already live in the general Pacific region. With its multiple educational institutions frequently utilized as meeting spaces, Auckland conference venues are well-equipped and modern, and event planners are easy to come by if you’re keen to recruit some professional help. Auckland itself is a unique mix of high-rise buildings and scenic vistas, offering a bustling atmosphere both during the day and as night falls. Auckland is also a great central point on the map if you’re looking to organize after-hours escapades to beautiful rural idylls like Waiheke Island.
Noumea, New Caledonia
If hearing the alluring French accent wherever you turn sounds like an appealing idea, then the capital of New Caledonia might offer exactly the taste of exoticism that your conference advertising campaign is desperate for. The port city of Noumea is situated right on the country’s peninsula, meaning that a breath-taking view of its crystal blue waters is never too difficult to find – the perfect reprieve at the end of a long day of meetings and panels.
Located at the heart of beautiful Samoa, Apia is often passed over as a conference location, but if you’re seeking a city with a smaller population, a genuine village feel, and lots of green spaces, then Apia will make the perfect backdrop to your conference. There are plenty of Apia meeting rooms and conference venues scattered across the city, with the Tanoa Tusitala Hotel even offering conference fales so that you can still get a taste of the national culture even as you meet and work. Tanoa Tusitala also supplies all the gadgets and communication equipment that your presenters might require, and can cater to your space needs whether you’ve got a group of 50 or a crowd of 200.
With a population of 80,000, Suva is the biggest city in the South Pacific. Thanks to its status as the hub of Fiji’s business and political proceedings, Suva offers an abundance of spaces that are conference-appropriate, from academic buildings at the city’s university to specialty conference venues in the central business district. Hotels like the Grand Pacific and the Holiday Inn are a great option both for accommodation and conference purposes, with their meeting and catering facilities made even more appealing by the pools and bars that pepper the premises. Palm trees and business? We think so.
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