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East to meet west in Docklands

03 Feb 2010

By Alison Kinkade

On Sunday, February 28, Waterfront Venues will host a 400-person event as part of the annual Asia-Pacific Incentives and Meetings Expo (AIME).

The expo, which was established 18 years ago by Melbourne Convention and Visitors Bureau (MCVB), is trade exhibition for the meeting, convention and incentive travel industry.

Waterfront Venues will host a welcome event for the fully hosted buyers and media representatives that have been specifically chosen by MCVB.

The theme of the event is East meets West down South and it will occupy Waterfront Venues’ Waterfront Room, BMC Bar and Balcony and Moored. Guests will enjoy pre-dinner drinks at the bar before feasting on cuisine from Kobe Jones in the Waterfront Room. All food and beverages will be sourced locally to highlight the quality of Victorian food.  The lounge area of Moored will also be available for guest to relax.

Events and Marketing Services Manager from MCVB, Jon Malpas, said: “The event in Docklands is essentially a welcome to Melbourne and aims to showcase Docklands and Melbourne as a business events destination.”

Guests at the event will enjoy entertainment from opera singers Mary-Louise Santa and Manuel Jimenze-Navarro.  Ms Santa studied under the late Luciano Pavarotti while living in Italy and has performed throughout Australia and Europe in productions such as Carmen and Madama Butterfly. Mr Jimenez-Navarro is a tenor who performs in Italy, Argentina and Spain and has performed in opera’s including Tosca and Madama Butterfly.  Dressed in costumes from the opera, both singers will perform one song each from Madama Butterfly.

Prior to the function, approximately 30-40 girls from the Qantas Choir will entertain the guests. The choir will begin performing at approximately 5.45pm at Waterfront Piazza and will sing a few traditional tunes including, My Island Home and I Still Call Australia Home.

The official exhibition will take place on March 2 and 3 and will bring together 6000 people to showcase the best destinations, products and services available within Australia and internationally.

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