Discover Canberra at the 2018 Top Secret Annual Showcase

1st Mar, 2018

Canberra Convention Bureau is hosting ‘Top Secret’ the three-day, two-night discover Canberra experience, which showcases the unique possibilities of the city for business meetings and events.

Canberra Convention Bureau CEO Michael Matthews said “Lonely Planet ranked Canberra at number three on their city destination list for 2018. This is an outstanding endorsement of the city, and we look forward to the opportunity to showcase our city to meeting planners from around the country.”

National meeting and event planners have the opportunity over three days, from Thursday 1 March to Saturday 3 March, to experience the diverse conference and accommodation venues, cultural activities and entertainment options of the city for their next conference or event.

The program opens with a welcome lunch at the National Gallery of Australia, tours of the National Portrait Gallery and the Museum of Australian Democracy at Old Parliament House. The Top Secret Showcase Dinner will be held at the Australian War Memorial on the first night. This is a valuable opportunity for Canberra’s business event community to welcome and network with delegates and industry colleagues.

Following breakfast at the National Arboretum, the middle day is dedicated to site inspections of conference and accommodation venues around the city. The program concludes with a relaxed final day, which includes breakfast at Pialligo Estate and helicopter flights over Canberra.

Canberra Convention Bureau CEO Michael Mathews said “We have here in Canberra the nation’s leading museums and galleries, our top ranked universities and access to decision makers. New vibrant food precincts, impressive accommodation and ease of travel join this exceptional mix. This is a city designed for meeting and collaboration with something new for everyone.”

Familiarisations of Canberra’s offerings like Top Secret share the possibilities of the city with the conference and meetings sector. Business events inject valuable economic returns for the Canberra economy. In 2016-17, the Canberra Convention Bureau secured over $45 million in future confirmed business events for the city and the Top Secret program since inception is nearing $100 million in economic contribution.

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