Northern Territory doubles subvention fund for meetings

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Guests at AIME enter The Atrium via light installation Guests at AIME enter The Atrium via light installation

Associations pondering a trip Down Under might be tempted by a new financial incentive.

The Northern Territory (NT) Business Events Fund is offering AUS$200 per delegate for applications received before May 31st for events staged in the NT by the end of June, 2021.

After the cut-off date, the per delegate amount will revert to AUS$100 per delegate.

Priority for support will be given to events that align with NT’s key industrial strengths, such as health, agribusiness, renewable energy, oil and gas, and the creative industries.

Amongst other things, organisers can put the money towards welcome receptions, gala dinners, the hiring of local speakers or a local congress organiser, and general logistics.

The increased subvention supports Business Events Australia’s ‘Event Here This Year’ campaign, launched last month to help boost the events industry in the wake of the bushfires.

Northern Territory stole the show on the first day of the Asia Pacific Incentives Meetings Event (AIME), which was held in Melbourne last week. A hosted buyer lunch in The Atrium on the show floor, gave an appetite-whetting  taste of the Territory, from a culinary and cultural perspective.

Guests entered The Atrium via a tunnel which showcased a colourful “uv birds” light installation, one of many displays featured at Parrtjima - A Festival in Light, which is staged annually in Alice Springs. A circle of sand washed with art projections displaying abstract images of the NT’s landscapes was the focal point of The Atrium.

Rebecca McCaig, director of NT Business Events, said:  “NT experiences such as the light shows that now take place in Darwin, Alice Springs and at Uluru, are not only very different but are renowned for their engagement of the senses and the cultural connections they offer.We designed the AIME function this year so that our guests could see how this engagement can be achieved, encompassing all the senses including taste, visual and sound. We believe that the inclusion of such experiences at a business event hosted in the NT unquestionably enhances impact and positive outcomes.”

James Lancaster
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AMI editor James Lancaster is a familiar face in the meetings industry and international association community. Since joining AMI in 2010, he has gained a reputation for asking difficult questions and getting lost in convention centres. Proofer, podcaster, and panellist - in his spare time, James likes to walk, read, listen to music, and drink beer.

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