Tennis fans wanting an exclusive Australian Open experience need look no further than the Grand Slam of Asia Pacific’s exciting hospitality packages.
AO Hospitality is where the Australian Open experience goes further than just the on-court action. It’s the perfect option for corporate groups looking to entertain their clients, reward their staff and enjoy a unique setting in which to network and mingle. Yet AO Hospitality’s appeal goes beyond corporate clients – it’s also an enticing option for people with high personal entertainment budgets, who wish to enjoy a day at the tennis in style.
Hospitality & Catering Manager Sara Agnoletto says AO Hospitality is a great option for many different clients and customers considering attending Australian Open 2014.
“After the craziness of the December Christmas season is over, everyone is more relaxed in January and ready to re-focus. This is the perfect time for corporate groups to reconnect with their clients by having them as their guests at AO2014 – they can work on strengthening their relationships and drum up new business partnerships for the year ahead,” she explained.
“Another way for companies to use the package is a reward for their staff. And for many individuals, an AO Hospitality package is all about having access to a great seat for two weeks on Rod Laver Arena, simply because they just love their tennis.”
Access to such premium seating comes through the Series Seating Packages, at both gold and silver levels.
Seats can be purchased for all tournament sessions throughout the fortnight on both Rod Laver and Hisense Arenas, with RLA gold seating positioned around the baseline and President’s Reserve, and silver seating slightly further back in the lower tier.
With an additional booking, these ticket holders can choose from various dining options.
Another AO Hospitality option is Grand Slam Select.
Clients can purchase single session hospitality, (with dining included) and are encouraged to have a drink with their guests on arrival, enjoy an entree and buffet meal inside the restaurant, and then move into their premium seats to watch the tennis.
Agnoletto says that to build on AO Hospitality’s success at Australian Open 2013, a broader range of dining options are being explored ahead of the 2014 tournament, catering from snack boxes all the way up to a fine-dining experience.
“We surveyed our clients and their guests throughout the 2013 event and found 93 per cent of the guests felt the food quality met or exceeded their expectations while 98 per cent said the same
about the service,” she said.
“It was much the same for our clients – 91 per cent said the food quality met or exceed their expectations, and 98 per cent also believed the service did so.”
AO Hospitality also has larger groups covered.
Garden Villas are a more private option near Garden Square for entertaining and mingling with guests. The intimate space can be customised and branded to suit the client if desired, and provides an exclusive setting in which to eat and drink before heading to catch the tennis action.
Similar spaces also exist in Rod Laver Arena itself, with Superboxes catering for 18 to 24 people and allowing them to enjoy food and beverages and luxurious seating while admiring the world class competition on court below.
Agnoletto says AO Hospitality packages will be made available to the general public on 3 June 2013.
“There’s a renewal process for existing clients which gives them priority, but any interested member of the general public can get additional information ahead of that date if they get in touch with us,” she said.