Conference in World Heritage surrounds
Fraser Island was formed over two million years which makes it a 'natural' advantage when it comes to the meetings industry.
According to the Kingfisher Bay Resort's Business Development Manager, Leonie Belbin, Fraser Island’s natural phenomena, like the annual whale migration, help stimulate ideas and creativity.
"We work very closely with clients to custom-design recreational and partner programs and group activities - using these natural environmental elements to full effect. Island activities include canoeing, sailing, windsurfing and fishing challenges and beach games, whilst resort rangers guide 4WD Eco-tours, nature walks and marine cruises – which is a great point of difference."
“The island also provides the perfect backdrop for adventure-based team building challenges. And when the day’s work is done, our team can transform Fraser’s unique wilderness into a specialist venue – where they can banquet under the stars or dress up in costume and kick up their heels,” she said.
The traditional meetings industry is also well served. The resort's ballroom seats 300 people theatre style, 200 people for a banquet and can be divided into three sections. There are also three smaller meeting rooms for training programs or syndicate work. Shaded verandas provide additional space for break-out areas. Facilities also include four swimming pools, heated spa, and a natural therapy and beauty clinic.
Carbon Neutral Meetings Are Here!
Kingfisher Bay Resort – incorporating the Mercure Kingfisher Bay Resort Hotel – has recently implemented the acclaimed Mercure Meetings Carbon Neutral Conference program and joined a community of like-minded businesses to combat climate change and reduce greenhouse emissions.
Mercure hotels in Australia work closely with the Carbon Reduction Institute (CRI) to calculate and offset greenhouse gas emission sources, such as a travel and accommodation, to provide a full range of services to guests without impacting the environment – a perfect complement to the resort’s eco-conscious approach to meetings, conferencing and tourism.
Conference guests – staying in the resort – can also opt to join Kingfisher Bay’s new Conservation Credit Scheme, which launched in December. The scheme allows house guests to opt out of non-essential housekeeping services and rewards them with Conservation Credits towards eco-accredited day tours or spa treatments (using sustainable resources).
Kingfisher Bay Resort Is Not Just Your Average Venue!
A banquet on an uninhabited sandy isle in the middle of pristine national park; a five-star gourmet picnic in the historical heart of beautiful Fraser Island – surrounded by lush forest and the call of the wild; an elegant dinner on a jetty overlooking the Great Sandy Strait - these are just three of the ‘new’ venues on offer to groups heading to Kingfisher Bay Resort this year.
Resort Business Development Manager, Leonie Belbin, said Fraser’s diverse sandy landscape offered a huge range of venues for Event Organisers seeking a destination with a difference.
“When it comes to events, the only limits to what we can do on Fraser Island are imagination and budget,” Ms Belbin said. “So, what better place to combine business (in our conference space) with the pleasure of team building in the great outdoors; a four-wheel-driving natural adventure or spoiling delegates with an extra special launch or end to the conference.” Residential Packages start from $135pp and include hotel room and delegate day package.
Fraser Resort Named A Green Tourism Leader
Kingfisher Bay Resort has just been named a ‘Green Tourism Leader’ by Eco Tourism Australia, in recognition of our commitment to environmental tourism in Australia. Eco Tourism Australia - the peak, national body for green tourism operators - began recognising certified operators some two years ago and has accredited just 60 operators Australia-wide.
In awarding the accreditation, Eco Tourism Australia said Green Tourism Leaders were “trailblazers in responsible travel having been ECO certified for ten years or more.
Long before most people were thinking about ‘green’ issues, these businesses saw the importance of the environment to tourism and wanted to ensure they behaved in a responsible, ethical and sustainable way.”
Kingfisher Bay Resort’s General Manager, Warwick Kahl, said “We have built our ‘name’ on our commitment to eco tourism and are thrilled the natural environment has been recognised by organisations like Eco Tourism Australia and through strategies like the Federal Government’s National Long Term Tourism Strategy as a significant part of our appeal as a long-haul holiday destination. We look forward to introducing new and exciting eco products and activities into our resort experience and to a long and continued partnership with Eco Tourism Australia.”
A Partnership That Protects Our Oceans
KINGFISHER Bay Resort has recently finalised a partnership agreement with the Australian Marine Conservation Society - Australia's only national charity dedicated exclusively to protecting our oceans. They, along with patron Tim Winton, work on the big issues concerning the sea - creating sustainable fisheries, recovering threatened species and creating marine national parks.
Editor’s Notes: Why Fraser Island?
- NATIONAL Geographic has recently named Fraser Island as one of the World’s Best Beaches, reporting: "This World Heritage site is an ecologist's dream with 640 square miles of unspoiled natural paradise. Rainforests with 1000-year-old trees sprout from the sand.” The Queensland sand island was the only Aussie location to make the 2012 list.
- AUSTRALIAN Geographic listed Hervey Bay in the top ten places to Whale Watch in Australia; and The Courier Mail named Fraser Island as one of the ‘Top Ten Best Getaway Drives in South East Queensland’ (June 2012).
- LONELY Planet recently named Fraser Island in their Top Five Treasured Australian Islands (May 2012).