Delegates in Cairns warm to discounts and visitor tools

Bargain-hunting delegates attending conferences in North Queensland are benefiting from a scheme that offers discounts and other extras to enhance their enjoyment of the region.

Rosie Douglas, director of business and tourism events at Tourism Tropical North Queensland, said the scheme involved more than 48 local businesses offering exclusive discounts and value-adds to conference delegates in Cairns, Port Douglas and Palm Cove.

“We have distributed more than 8,000 Cairns Delegate Advantage Program brochures to conference delegates since the expanded version was launched at AIME 2015,” Douglas said.

“It has been extremely well received by both domestic and international Professional Conference Organisers and meeting planners as a device to help them look after delegates.

“Just recently more than 650 delegates at the Prostate Cancer World Congress and nearly 1,000 delegates at the International Society for Neurosurgery 25th Meeting and Australian Neuroscience Society 35th Meeting took advantage of the programme to receive discounts on dining and tours during their stay in the Cairns region.”

Professional Conference Organiser Tracey Crosling from ICMS said she would highly recommend the programme to anyone hosting an event in the region after using it at the Prostate Cancer World Congress 2015, which took place in Cairns on August 17-21.

“The Cairns Delegate Advantage Program was a great tool for delegates to understand what activities they could do in Cairns and the surrounding region,” Crosling  said.

“Many of our delegates chose to extend their stay and the program not only provides touring options, but a great selection of restaurants.

“In particular, the delegates found the compact map within the brochure a useful reference guide which fitted easily into their pocket or handbag.”

For inquiries regarding the Cairns Delegate Advantage Program and how it can benefit meeting planners and conference organisers, contact Business Events Cairns & Great Barrier Reef business development executive Emma Perez.

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