As part of Tourism Australia's strategy to promote Australia's fine food and wine experiences to the world, nine UK based business events decision makers were invited to enjoy the magical land of Uluru, an area sacred to Aboriginal people.
The delegates stayed at the Sails in the Desert Hotel where they were welcomed by a special 'palya' - a welcome of cold beverages and refresher towels and lunch at the newly refurbished Ilkari restaurant. The afternoon was spent creating masterpieces at a Dot Painting workshop conducted by Maruku Arts, led by local artists.
In the evening delegates enjoyed an unforgettable exclusive dinner under the stars. The dinner experience began with canapés and sparkling wine while watching the sunset over Uluru. As darkness fell, delegates enjoyed a three-course dinner of authentic Australian delicacies and an introduction to Aboriginal culture with a traditional dance performance. The evening concluded with some of the world's best stargazing and time with a star talker who decoded the night sky.
On day two, delegates experienced the awe-inspiring sight of Uluru and Kata Tjuta from the air on a scenic flight. The morning was completed at the Mani Mani Theatre Company – the unique sound, lighting, 3D effects and performance took delegates on a visually captivating experience, which transported them to the ancient lands of Central Australia where the story of Walawuru, Kakalyala & Kaanka was unravelled.
The afternoon included an exclusive AAT Kings Uluru tour with an indigenous guide. Delegates arrived at the Cultural Centre for afternoon tea and time with some senior UAT Anangu Guides. A fire pit demonstration of traditional weaponry, bush craft and implements were given before an interpretive walk at the base of Uluru incorporating Tjurkurpa stories of the ancestors, told by the Anangu Guide and UAT interpreter.
The third and final day was topped off by a magical sunrise tour around Uluru by camel.