Port Douglas launches inaugural planners guide

Business Events Port Douglas has launched its inaugural Port Douglas Business Planner Guide offering itineraries and information across luxury incentive programs, sustainable conferencing and partner programs.

“The new Business Planner Guide and fresh content will help secure high-yield business for the destination,” said Tourism Port Douglas & Daintree chief executive Tara Bennett.

“With an unrivalled natural playground alongside sophisticated conference facilities and an unmistakeable throw-off-your-shoes vibe, we expect delegates to relish the natural beauty, balmy climate and relaxed professionalism that attracts conference and incentive groups all-year-round.

“Our diverse range of accommodation, means there are plenty of options for a variety of sizes and budgets, from an intimate incentive for ten couples to an annual conference for 800 delegates.”

Matthew Sturt, Sheraton Grand Mirage Resort Port Douglas’ senior sales manager, said timing of the business guide was perfect.

“After months of restrictions and endless zoom calls, corporate business event planners want their teams to meet and connect face to face,” he said.

“The guide and brand refresh will keep Port Douglas and Daintree top of mind for event planners.

“The Business Planner Guide makes it easy for event planners to make informed decisions on the most appropriate venue and local suppliers in Port Douglas and Daintree for their next business event.”

Sturt said despite the challenges over the last year, the outlook for the next three years was looking positive.

“Conference and incentives groups that would normally go internationally are staying in Australia and Port Douglas is perceived as a ‘must do’ destination,” he said.

“Business event groups are already contracting business for 2022 and 2023.”

Port Douglas Events and Hire Principal Byron Kurth said the new planner would help event organisers get a better understanding of the area and what it can offer.

“This year is shaping up to be very strong, one of the busiest years on record,” he said.

“Being a safe, resort-style area with multiple attractions and dining options, Port Douglas and Daintree is naturally a very attractive location for business events.”