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Monaco and Australia are celebrating 10 years of diplomatic relations with ‘Monaco Week’ in Sydney, running until next Monday, 25 September 2017.

Media got a taste of the festivities at Sydney’s Park Hyatt on Monday evening. Monaco’s Ambassador to Australia, Catherine Fautrier, launched a dedicated series of events to mark a decade of diplomatic links, focusing on environmental, business, tourism, cultural and philanthropic links between the two countries.

Monaco and Australia established diplomatic relations in 2007 and the Monaco Government Tourist and Convention Authority opened a representative office in 2010 to cover Australia and New Zealand. The office promotes tourism, meetings and convention travel to the destination.

From left: Michelin Star Chef Benoît Witz from the Hotel Hermitage Monte-Carlo; Catherine Fautrier, Ambassador of Monaco to Australia; and Hadrien Bourely, Sydney-based Honorary Consul of Monaco

Australian visitation to Monaco ranks quite highly – with Australia taking ninth place in 2016 in number of visitors. Over 10,000 Australians visit Monaco each year and more than 150 Australians reside in the Principality of Monaco.

Sustainability and environmental protection is important to Monaco and to Prince Albert II, so is a key focus for the 10th anniversary celebrations.

The Prince Albert II of Monaco Foundation celebrated its 10th anniversary in 2016. The Foundation supports the TARA Expeditions, voyages to study and understand the impact of climate change and the ecological crisis facing the world’s oceans. TARA is completing a world tour in 2016-2017 and the laboratory ship visited Sydney last month.

The aim of this expedition is to attract political and economic opinion leaders and to raise awareness about the most urgent ecological challenges and the importance of the good health of the world’s oceans.

Michelin Star Chef Benoît Witz from the Hotel Hermitage Monte-Carlo speaks at Park Hyatt Sydney on Monday night

Key events for Monaco Week include:

  • The Prince Albert II of Monaco Foundation is running an exhibition to raise awareness for the Foundation’s works. Foundation Board Member,  Professor Tim Flannery, opened it yesterday. The exhibition will run until Monday 25 September at the Michael Crouch Innovation Centre of the University of New South Wales. (Gate 2 Avenue, Kensington).
  • Last night, Park Hyatt Sydney hosted a charity dinner to raise funds for the Princess Charlene Foundation and Royal Life Saving Society – Australia. Both organizations work on raising public awareness for swimming safety. Michelin Star Chef Benoît Witz from the Hotel Hermitage Monte-Carlo has flown over personally to take charge of the cuisine, along with Chef Etienne Karner of Park Hyatt Sydney.
  • Today, 20 September, H.E. Mrs Catherine Fautrier, Ambassador of Monaco to Australia, will host a cocktail reception for diplomatic corps and other stakeholders at the Sydney Opera House.

Legendary Monegasque institution Monte-Carlo Société des Bains de Mer, often shortened to Monte-Carlo SBM, is represented in the delegation visiting Australia. Monte-Carlo-based Sophie Ducroux, who is in charge of business development Asia Pacific, says Australians love the atmopheere and style of Monaco.

With over 3000 employees, the Monte-Carlo SBM group ranks as the leading employer in Monaco, a prosperous principality known for haute cuisine and prestigious hotels, gambling and entertainment, luxury shopping, wellness and opulent real estate. As well as its core activities in hospitality, catering and casinos, Monte-Carlo SBM offers some 500 jobs in entertainment, marketing, the environment, finance, construction, wellness, and many more.

Monte-Carlo Casino in Monaco, which opened in 1863

Monte-Carlo SBM runs four casinos in Monaco, including the iconic Casino de Monte-Carlo, with 154 years of history.

Meanwhile, French Travel Connection chose the right week to launch a competion for agents yesterday. In conjunction with the Monaco Government Tourist Office, it’s offering a two-night stay at Columbus Monte-Carlo with breakfast, VIP attention at the hotel, a helicopter transfer between Monaco and Nice and a book of entrance tickets for two people to museums and attractions.

To be in, you have to book your clients on one of French Travel Connection’s Passport to Monte-Carlo packages before 31 December 2017.

Written by Peter Needham

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