Annual showcase Sell TNQ celebrates 20th anniversary

Business Events Cairns and Great Barrier Reef’s annual showcase Sell TNQ has wrapped with event buyers from across the country converging in Cairns and Port Douglas to learn about the destination.

Rosie Douglas, general manager of Business Events Cairns and Great Barrier Reef, says the event is more popular than ever since its inception 20 years ago.

“We have seen a huge response to this years’ Sell TNQ event with 90 applications being submitted for the 30 buyer positions,” she said. “The buyers were selected from across Australia to meet with, and experience, 30 member products that excel in hosting business events.

“The success of the program comes as Cairns welcomes new infrastructure in the region including three new Crystalbrook Collection properties, an upgrade to both Shangri-La The Marina Cairns and Novotel Oasis Resort following an $1 million refurbishment.”

A $176 million upgrade and extension of the Cairns Convention Centre will also begin in June 2020.

During the event, buyers from around Australia were greeted by industry and locals as they underwent a range of activities including welcome drinks at AJ Hackett Cairns and site visits across a range of hotels including the newly refurbished Novotel Cairns Oasis where groups took part in an ‘amazing race’ style competition.

The second day gave buyers the opportunity to speed network with local products and educational visits to the Great Barrier Reef, Port Douglas and Daintree Rainforest.