Written by Alex Robertson
Thanks to the Perth Convention Bureau, Dianna and I recently spent two days in Perth exploring and discovering hotels, venues and conference space for the upcoming 2016 Australian Pain Society 36th Annual Scientific Meeting (APS 2016), which is being held at the Perth Convention and Exhibition Centre (PCEC) from 13 – 16 March 2016.
It is always a great advantage to see a venue during the organisation stage of a conference. Tracy Baker, PCEC Director of Sales for Association & Not-For-Profit Sectors, took Dianna and I for a walk throughout the Centre, and certainly put our minds to ease with regard to securing the most suitable rooms for APS 2016. The state-of-the-art facilities and natural lighting throughout PCEC, combined with the close proximity to Perth’s CBD and Elizabeth Quay will provide our delegates with a great conference experience.
We also managed to visit a number of hotels surrounding the Convention Centre, including the Parmelia Hilton, Rendezvous Hotel Perth Central, Adina Apartments and the Duxton Hotel. Delegates will certainly have their pick of where to stay!
The afternoon was spent visiting the very funky Matisse Beach Club, the all-encompassing Rendezvous Hotel Perth Scarborough and the newly renovated Crown Perth. After an exhausting day, it was time for a drink at the BWG Steakhouse, followed by dinner at the Royal Freshwater Bay Yacht Club with some old friends of the Australian Pain Society.
We began day two of our action packed trip in Fremantle. Dianna and I were hoping this
meant we could kick off our shoes and head to the beach, but with so much to see and do we had to make sure we stayed focussed and on track – a very hard thing to do in such a beautiful place! We visited Bathers Beach House, strolled through the Little Creatures Brewery and enjoyed a tour and lunch at the Esplanade Hotel Fremantle by Rydges. Fremantle seems like a fantastic place to bring a conference, with everything you need at your finger tips – we would just need to make sure we leave enough space in the program for free time.
The afternoon was spent exploring potential dinner venues for APS 2016, including the Royal Freshwater Bay Yacht Club, The Old Brewery, Print Hall, Lamont’s Bishops House, The Heritage, The Trustee, The Terrace Hotel, The George and more! The hard part will be trying to choose from the fabulous selection.
After walking more than 20,000 steps and visiting 19 venues during the two days we were in Perth, we certainly got to know the area well.
DC Conferences is looking forward to working with the Perth Convention Bureau, Perth Conference and Exhibition Centre and other local venues for APS 2016. We would like to thank the Perth Convention Bureau, in particular, Louise Russell (BDM) for organising and hosting our trip, and Parmelia Hilton for accommodating Dianna and I in their beautiful rooms during our stay.
We can’t wait to come back to Perth and its beautiful sunsets next year for APS 2016!