Canberra's on the wish list for 2018...so say's Lonely Planet
Posted 4 December 2017 3:28pm

Lonely Planet thinks you should visit Canberra in 2018. The city was announced as a top ten city in Lonely Planet’s Best in Travel for 2018. In fact, Canberra entered the city list at number three in the world, the highest ranking for any Australian city ever.

“Criminally overlooked Canberra packs a big punch for such a small city,” said Chris Zeiher, Lonely Planet’s Director of Sales and Marketing (Asia Pacific) when he announced the city list recently.  

Over the last 15 years, Canberra has grown-up and become the city everyone wants to be. But don’t just take our word for it, here’s what else Lonely Planet had to say about the city.

“Rich with history, culture and entertainment, it offers something for every kind of traveller. Recent revitalisation efforts have given Canberra a new lease of life, establishing a truly contemporary and unique sense of style, with boutique precincts emerging throughout the city, bursting with cool bars, cafes and restaurants.

With endless family-friendly and adventurous activities, opportunities to connect with nature or indulge in a range of gastronomic delights, along with a smorgasbord of cultural, artistic and sporting events, Canberra should be on everybody’s 2018 travel wish list.” Chris Zeiher

Business event organisers have long valued Canberra as the nation’s knowledge capital with unprecedented access to decision makers and researchers. Now the city also offers your delegates outstanding social programs for your next conference, including those gastronomic delights Lonely Planet was talking about.

Conference organisers find unique experiences for social programs and pre and post touring options, including outstanding venues for conference dinners. “We are holding our welcome reception at the National Arboretum and our conference dinner in the Great Hall at Parliament House. Both venues are beautiful and I know our delegates will love them. Plus they are very close to our conference venue,” said Penny Archer, Director of Conference Design, Tasmania.

Recent conferences in Canberra have also enjoyed the cultural, artistic and sporting assets the city has to offer. International delegates in the city for a cyber security conference enjoyed a day, post-conference, touring the cool climate wineries of the region, just 30 minutes from the CBD. Communication professionals held their conference deep in the beauty of Australia’s native flora at the Australian National Botanical Gardens, only a ten-minute drive from the CBD. Sports performance experts met at the world-class facilities of the Australian Institute of Sport.

Others recently enjoyed their conference dinner in the classic 1920s heritage architecture of Old Parliament House, now a museum celebrating Australian democracy. Canberra’s many diverse restaurants also cater for a range of sizes and tastes. Australian and New Zealand delegates recently networked over dinner at the Parlour Wine Room in NewActon, one of Canberra’s revitalised and contemporary precincts mentioned by Lonely Planet.

“Canberra surprises people. Delegates bring their families back because there’s just so much to do. Canberra always has new experiences to try out,” said Samantha Sefton, the Canberra Convention Bureau’s Director of Business Development (Sydney office). “There’s the diversity of restaurants, the outdoor experiences, the craft beers, wineries and distilleries. It’s the mix and match nature in the city that appeals to all ages and interests.

Canberra has a lot to offer your next business event, as Lonely Planet said there’s really is something for every kind of traveller – and we just keep adding to the extraordinary range of experiences for your delegates.

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