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One of Austral-
ia's best loved event
producers has passed
away. David, who was
suffering from a brain
tumour, passed away in
his home. David Grant
is as irreplaceable as he
23 Event Awards were
presented at the 2015
Australian Event Awards
Ceremony at Doltone
House Jones Bay Wharf,
including two Lifetime
3Dîner en blanc
guest stars at
the Opera House
Over 4,000 diners ap-
peared to celebrate the
fourth annual Dîner en
Blanc, bringing their own
food, hampers, furniture,
wines and Champagne
along to the event.
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Despite the fact that Taylor Swift was in
town, the real star of the show was Ade-
With representatives from Greater Chi-
na, India, North America, UK, South East
Asia and Korea, the objective was to sell
Australia as an incentive destination.
Mark Taylor and the team from Belle-
Laide Events produced the opening event
where delegates were treated to a moving
welcome to country by a local elder, an
aboriginal dance performance and a
sunrise AV experience wherein a video of a
sunrise played to a musical score overlaid
This was followed by the business ses-
sions where the buyers met with represent-
atives from all the state and territory conven-
tion bureaus, venues and tourism boards.
Media were treated to a lunch at Jock
Zonfrillo's Orana restaurant where a native
and wild food menu was served, with
dishes including magpie goose (Zonfrillo is
the only chef in Australia with a licence to
serve this game meat), native raspberries
with green ants and bush honey, pickled
Moreton Bay fig tips and saltbush and
black garlic emulsion.
After this, the media group visited a local
restaurant called Africola and were wel-
comed by the South Australian Governor,
His Excellency the Honourable Hieu Van
Le and his wife at Government House.
All of the attendees completed the day
with a sunset cocktail reception at Penfolds
Magill Estate, with some lucky delegates
given the opportunity to have a wine tast-
ing hosted by chief winemaker Peter Gago,
the man responsible for Penfolds Grange.
Day two kicked off with a quirky outdoor
breakfast on Vardon Avenue (pictured
above) where all the local cafes and venues
created one breakfast dish each, including
chicken and waffles from Nola and caffeine
hits from Exchange Specialty Coffee.
After breakfast, the groups set out
on various adventures to McLaren Vale
(beach), the Barossa (hills) and around
Attendee Jody Carvill from the UK said,
"This is the best incentive famil I have
been on. I see lots of product in Europe
and despite the length of travel to get
here -- I flew out of Manchester via Abu
Dhabi and Melbourne -- I can honestly say
it's worth it once you get here. Australians
are such a laidback bunch of people -- the
people are definitely the highlight."
The Adelaide leg of the trip for the
buyers closed with a Dreamtime dinner
at the National Wine Centre, once again
produced by Belle Laide Events, where
the local food and wine was showcased in
concert with explanatory videos wherein
the producers were interviewed on camera.
Local folk group Timberwolf performed,
as well as a cellist from the Adelaide Sym-
phony Orchestra alongside a DJ.
On the Wednesday morning, the groups
from Greater China, UK and US headed to
Cairns, India, South East Asia and Korea
headed to Sydney and the rest of the dele-
gates returned home.
Tourism Australia Business Events head
Penny Lion said,"We were over the moon
about how it went. We're always so proud
to talk about how great Australia is at
business events but it's a different matter
as the national tourism board to deliver an
event like that. Each market is so different
and there's a great array of cultures and
different business event needs to meet.
"It's a credit to Canning Maynard
[trade and programs manager for Tourism
Australia Business Events] that this went
so well. We hosted 95 international buyers
and 94 per cent have said they were very
satisfied and 95 per cent said they would
send business events travellers to Australia.
"These groups are used to be 'wooed and
wowed' so we had to consider every single
details to deliver a VIP experience,"said Lion.
It seems the investment and hard work
has already started to pay off, with one
Indian buyer already confirming a business
events group into Australia, post-visit.
Tell 'em they're dreaming
Over 100 buyers, 70 sellers and media from all over
the world converged on Adelaide in December
for Tourism Australia's Dreamtime program.
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