Daikin’s cool week in Australia

Daikin chose an eight-day trip to Australia in January this year to reward their top 78 dealers for high performance in the last year, taking in the delights of Sydney, Melbourne, Brisbane and the Blue Mountains. Daikin Air-conditioning India is a subsidiary of Daikin Industries of Japan, and a global leader in the manufacturing of commercial use and residential air conditioning systems.

Abhishek Jaiswal, managing director of Fly High India Holidays, said: “Organising an incentive tour for high profile dealers of Daikin was a challenge as we had to ensure quality at every step as well as experiences that would remain as fond memories for each individual participant.”

“Our primary objective was to make our honoured dealers feel special as they are coveted partners in our growth story in India. We achieved our objective as our channel partners enjoyed the trip to Australia, which was an aspirational destination for many and a week-long sojourn was very satisfying. We were provided with great service by our event planner, Fly High India!  The trip was brilliantly executed. When we arrived in Australia our welcome package included everything we needed for the trip—vouchers, itinerary, maps and brochures for other activities these were helpful in planning for days where we otherwise had nothing booked. Our goal of motivating our partners was achieved beyond expectation,” Daikin’s spokesperson added.

On day one the group flew from Kolkata and transited Shanghai by China Eastern Airlines on their way to Melbourne and arrived by two separate flights. The guests were transferred to Hotel Crossley and after checking in, walked to a nearby Indian restaurant for lunch. The afternoon was spent at rest as the evening was replete with celebrations, product and market forecast presentations and a gala dinner.

On day two, the participants were taken for a Melbourne city tour with the first stop at Melbourne Cricket Ground (MCG) which interested most of the guests who are are big fans of the game. An official of MCG escorted the group through a tour of the ground, galleries and museum with larger-than-life paintings of Indian cricketing stalwarts like Sachin Tendulkar, Sourav Ganguly, Kapil Dev and Sunil Gavaskar, finding pride of place in the hallowed ground. After an Indian meal, the group was transported to Philip Island Wildlife and nature Park where they witnessed free roaming animals and then to the Nobbies Centre, an eco-tourism attraction at the western tip of Philip Island. After dinner they proceeded to the Penguin Parade. Later they transferred back to the hotel in Melbourne.

Day threewas devoted to a trip to the Great Ocean Road and a packed pizza and sandwich lunch was followed by arrival at the awesome Twelve Apostles. After spending time viewing the iconic formations, the delegates returned to Melbourne for dinner an overnight stay.

On day four, after breakfast at the hotel, some of the group flew by Jetstar and some by Virgin Australia flight to Brisbane and upon arrival were transferred to Seaworld where they indulged themselves for most of the day. In the late afternoon, they checked in at Hotel Mantra on View and in the evening walked to a nearby Indian restaurant for dinner.

On day five, after breakfast at the hotel, the group was transported to the Movie World theme park, where they spent the whole day in awestruck wonder in the land of celluloid dreams and fun-packed activities.

On day six, accompanied by a packed breakfast, the participants were transferred to Brisbane airport and flew on a Virgin Australia flight to Sydney. After lunch at an Indian restaurant, the group was transported to the Sydney Opera House and a close view of the Harbour Bridge where they had long photo opportunities to add to their memories of an exciting trip. In the afternoon they went to Darling Harbour to board a Captain Cook cruise that sailed into the sunset to provide an idyllic setting for the final awards presentation ceremony. Later that evening the delegates checked in at Hotel Rydges World Square and walked to an Indian restaurant for dinner.

On day seven, after breakfast at the hotel, the group left for Featherdale Wildlife Park which specialises in Australian fauna and boasts a Koala petting facility. After spending an hour there, they were transported to the Scenic World in the Blue Mountains which has amazing natural beauty and a scintillating Cableway ride down a steep slope. Indian lunch was included with the Ultimate Discovery Pass.

On the final and eighth day of the tour, the day was spent at leisure and for shopping and finally the curtain was brought down on an extremely memorable trip for the Daikin dealers when they boarded their China Eastern flight that night, heading home via Shanghai to Kolkata.