Darwin Convention Centre Wins Gold

Darwin Convention Centre wins GOLD in the category for Business Event Venues at the 2021 Australian Tourism Awards. This year the awards highlighted the achievements of tourism businesses throughout the COVID pandemic and the resilience of the tourism industry over the past two years.

The Australian Tourism Awards are the tourism industry’s most important awards – recognising and promoting excellence in tourism. First established by the federal government in 1985, they are owned and managed by Australian Awards Inc., on behalf of the tourism industry. A wide and diverse range of thousands of tourism businesses enter their state and territory Tourism Awards, and only 200 become finalists.

Peter Savoff, General Manager of the Darwin Convention Centre expressed his delight in accepting the award at the ceremony held on 18 March at the Sunshine Coast.

“It’s an incredible honour to represent the Northern Territory on the national stage as Best Business Event Venue in Australia.

“This win continues to strengthen the Centre’s professional reputation and place the Darwin Convention Centre, and Darwin on the map as a competitive destination for Business Events on a national and international level – which is now more important than ever as the events industry across Australia begins to rebuild from the COVID pandemic.”

Situated within the much-heralded Darwin Waterfront Precinct – one of Australia’s most popular tourist attractions located in the Top End – every year, the Centre attracts 1,200 delegate conferences, high profile business summits, interactive public and trade exhibitions, awards ceremonies and gala dinners, themed outdoor cocktail functions, concerts by touring performing artists, and fashion shows with its adaptable meeting spaces, harbour views, and tropical waterfront location.

Proudly managed by global venue management specialist ASM Global, the Centre is part of the world’s largest and most diverse network of premier convention and trade show venues for millions of exhibitors and attendees across an extensive worldwide footprint that spans five continents.

Harvey Lister AM, Chairman and CEO of ASM’s APAC region said, “Despite conditions that disrupted major conventions across Australia, we worked closely with ASM Global Facilities Management to enable significant refurbishments to the Centre. And in periods of re-opening, where border and capacity restrictions were enforced, we were able to win the confidence of the local government health department by demonstrating its adoption of Venue Shield, ASM Global’s pro-active response to the Covid-19 pandemic. We also worked with business and the community to stage safe and vibrant local events contributing to the early recovery process.”

Featuring a unique architectural design, the building was designed in 2008 to celebrate the exotic and unique differences that the tropical climate, history, culture and proximity to Asia have “carved into the fabric and life of Darwin.”
The resulting award-winning design features an outer facade resembling a sting-ray with natural light-filled foyers and stunning panoramic views of Darwin Harbour.

With some 23,000 sqm of space that includes a 1200-seat tiered auditorium (which divides into), 4000 sqm of exhibition halls, (which can divide into three), 225 exhibition booth spaces and seven concurrent meeting spaces, the Centre has built a global reputation as a world-class venue.

About ASM Global
ASM Global is the world’s leading producer of entertainment experiences. It is the global leader in venue and event strategy and management—delivering locally tailored solutions and cutting-edge technologies to achieve maximum results for venue owners. The company’s elite venue network spans five continents, with a portfolio of more than 325 of the world’s most prestigious arenas, stadiums, convention and exhibition centres, and performing arts venues. Visit us on Facebook, Instagram, Twitter, LinkedIn and asmglobal.com for more information.

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