Dreamtime 2019 shows that timing is everything

Singer Christine Anu delivered a passionate welcome to the international guests.

Tourism Australia’s signature business events showcase Dreamtime has an uncanny knack of timing things to perfection. It’s a biannual event, which means a lot can happen in between drinks, for better or worse, but with their sixth sense obviously working overtime, the team at Business Events Australia have again proved they know when a destination is ready possibly before the destination itself.

A breakfast at Coast in Port Beach let everyone get a little sand between their toes.

This year was Perth’s moment in the spotlight, and it couldn’t have been timed better with the biggest hotel boom the city has ever seen coupled with increasing international connectivity to both Asia and the UK thanks to the hugely popular Qantas non-stop service between London and Perth and new direct flights to Tokyo with All Nippon Airways.

Surf lifesavers were there for selfies and to rescue those who had overindulged in the waffles.

Key international incentive planners from Greater China, Singapore, Indonesia, Malaysia, India, Japan, South Korea, the UK, USA and New Zealand got to taste, quite literally, the best of Perth this week, with an itinerary that was heavy on amazing local food, wine and beer, alongside stunning new venues and accommodation.

A wet welcome at the Perth Convention Bureau hosted dinner held at the Crown resort.

The initial business sessions at the Perth Convention and Exhibition Centre were kicked off with a traditional ‘Welcome to Country’ by Nyungar elder Walter, alongside a performance by Indigenous singer Christine Anu.

Lights down, music up poolside at the Crown.

The next day’s city showcase included winery tours in the nearby Swan Valley, sailing on the Swan River and a trip to Rottnest to grab a selfie with the quokkas among the many highlights.

The Swan Valley offers a great winery experience very close the CBD.

The two-day showcase ended with a very special gala dinner on the lawns of Government House. The 280 guests were treated to a beautiful collaborative performance by local orchestral group, Dolce Ensemble, and the Wadumbah Aboriginal Dance Group, which seemed to sum up the melding of cultures perfectly.

The Wadumbah Aboriginal Dance Group delivered a memorable performance on the lawns of Government House.

It was also a very pleasant surprise to the see Governor of Western Australia Kim Beazley at the dinner. By rights he could have been there to tell everyone to keep the noise down, it was his backyard after all.

The gala dinner on the lawns of Government House.

But instead he delivered an eloquent off the cuff speech in which he described Perth as a “land of milk and honey” that was deeply connected to its Asian neighbours. A land was that was ready to welcome visitors from all over the globe.