Sojourn in Western Australia AICD REVIEW

  • Date:01 Feb 2005
  • Type:CompanyDirectorMagazine

Sojourn in Western Australia

Pearling in Broome or wining and dining in the Margaret River region? Such a difficult decision.

Experience the delights of one of these idyllic locations by booking one of the pre-conference tours of the 2005 Company Directors Conference to be held in Perth from 11-14 May. And, what better way to get to know your fellow conference delegates?

If you decide on Broome, you will be treated on arrival to an introductory personalised tour, experiencing some of the most spectacular sights in Broome including Gantheaume Point, Romance of Anastasia's Pool, Ancient Dinosaur Footprints, Aqua waters and red cliffs of Roebuck Bay, the site of Japanese attack on Broome, the historic pearling home (Monsoon Gallery) and Matso's Brewery for beer tasting.

Tour accommodation is at the famous Cable Beach Resort and May is the perfect time to be in Broome.

On Monday evening you will be dining with special guest, Patricia Kailis of MG Kailis Group. The Kailis family has a long and distinguished maritime history.

The next day delegates will have an exclusive pearling experience with Kailis and MG Kailis Group staff on board the pearling vessel, the Parmelia K.

At the end of the day, work up an appetite for dinner by taking a sunset camel ride along the world-famous Cable Beach (pictured), and complete the evening with a guided trip across the heavens under a clear outback sky.

On Wednesday, delegates can choose from activities including the Mamabulanjin Aboriginal Tour, take a scenic flight over Cape Leveque or discover Broome township at your leisure. After lunch all delegates will be transferred to Broome airport for the return flight to Perth for registration at the Conference venue.

If you are more of a wine connoisseur - or fine food is your thing - you might want to think about taking the Margaret River pre-conference tour.

A slice of paradise awaits. You will visit superior wineries, dine at beautiful restaurants and be guided around the beautiful wine region.

Tour accommodation will be at either the Moondance Lodge or Cape Lodge - a luxurious experience in itself.

Upon arrival delegates will be taken on a guided tour of a selection of wineries including Vasse Felix, Pierro, Mosswood, followed by a luncheon at Clairault winery.

On Monday evening all guests will be welcomed by the Horgan family at a dinner at Leeuwin Estate, world renowned for its quality Australian wines and their annual Leeuwin Estates Concert in the Vineyards. The winemaster will escort guests through the Leeuwin Estate Art Gallery and tour of the winery. The dinner to follow can only be described as sublime complimented by Leeuwin Estate's finest wines.

Start Tuesday with a massage at your accommodation. All guests will have the choice of a number of activities - wine masterclass and lunch at Vasse Felix; artisans tour and lunch at Lamonts; collecting the Bounty and lunch at Watershed.

Wednesday morning pop into Margaret River, or just relax in preparation for a farewell brunch at Moondance Lodge before returning to Perth.

Both tours depart Perth early morning Monday 9 May and return to Perth Wednesday 11 May.

Upon your return to Perth to enjoy the conference, where you can absorb new insights from some of the most powerful and influential international and national forecasters, thinkers and business specialists.

Some of the confirmed speakers are:

  • Francis Fukuyama, Bernard L. Schwartz professor of Political Economy, John Hopkins University, USA
  • Mavin J. Cetron, founder and president, Forecasting International USA
  • Janet Holmes a Court, executive chairman, Heytesbury
  • Patricia Kailis, governing director, MG Kailis Group
  • Andrew Dzurak, assistant director, Centre for Quantum Computing, University NSW
  • Jonathan West, associate professor, Harvard University, USA
  • Elizabeth Bryan, director, Caltex Australia
  • Fiona Stanley, chief executive, Australian Research Alliance for Children and Youth
  • Graham Kelly, former chairman. Tabcorp Holdings
You will also be involved in a discussion with three of your industry umpires:
  • Graeme Samuel, chairman, ACCC
  • Jeffrey Lucy, chairman, ASIC
  • Tony D'Aloisio, CEO Australian Stock Exchange
Early bird registrations close on 30 March. Places are limited, so we suggest you register now to secure your place and your preferred forum and accommodation. Register by 30 March 2005 and you will be in the draw to win a bottle of 1997 Penfolds Grange.

Pay for your conference registration on your Diners Director card, and you will receive an additional 1000 bonus rewards points, or apply for a Diners Director card before the convention and receive an additional 3000 rewards points.

Thank you to corporate partners: Diners Club International, Fuji Xerox, Oracle Corporation, KPMG, Patersons Security, Qantas and Russell Reynolds Associates.

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