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Visit Sunshine Coast attracted business event organisers to its annual Sunshine Soiree at The Crocodile Hunter Lodge, showcasing the region’s meetings and events venues, accommodation, attractions and operators.

The event was MCed by Olympic gold medal-winning swimmer Duncan Armstrong. Delegates were treated to a cooking demonstration from celebrity chef Peter Kuruvita of Alba Noosa and experienced some of the Sunshine Coast’s renowned produce at The Crocodile Hunter Lodge’s Warrior Restaurant & Bar.

It is the first time the Soiree has been held on the Sunshine Coast, and enabled the Crocodile Hunter Lodge to showcase its restaurant and newly-launched event space, Ironbark Paddock, to Brisbane based meetings and events specialists.

Visit Sunshine Coast Head of Business Events, Ali Thompson, said it was a perfect venue for highlighting the Sunshine Coast’s strengths as a leading conferences and events destination.

“The Sunshine Coast business events industry contributes significantly to the local economy and importantly supports the region as a year-round destination, with the majority of business events held mid-week and in off-peak periods,” said Ms Thompson.

Erina Kilmore, Head of Global Sales at Australia Zoo said, “We were thrilled to host this wonderful Sunshine Soiree at The Crocodile Hunter Lodge, as we introduced guests to our beautiful event spaces at Warrior Restaurant & Bar and Ironbark Paddock. We are thrilled to work with Visit Sunshine Coast and present the Lodge, which honours Steve Irwin’s love and passion for wildlife and wild places, opening an array of opportunities for guests to host their events while being surrounded by the tranquillity of nature.”

“The Sunshine Coast has so much potential for business events, with a thriving metropolis of development for future industries and opportunity. This includes the Sunshine Coast International Broadband Network Project, the Maroochydore city centre project and smart city initiatives, Sunshine Coast Health Precinct and Business and Technology Precinct plus the airport expansion to name a few” said Ali Thompson.

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