The annual New Zealand Hotel Industry Conference will be held at The Langham, Auckland on 19-20 July. The conference has been sold out for the past two years and co-hosts Tourism Industry Aotearoa and Horwath HTL expect demand to be high again this year.
‘We have an exciting programme that will discuss and debate the big issues affecting this sector currently, including investment in infrastructure, the modern hotel and the trend towards lifestyle brands, and disruptor innovation, which can either be a threat or an opportunity,’ explains TIA hotel sector manager Sally Attfield.
Now in its 11th year, the conference is attended by managers and stakeholders in the New Zealand hotel sector. Last year’s conference attracted over 320 delegates, including hotel managers, investors, developers, hotel chains, government agencies, hotel industry consultants, sponsors and exhibitors.
The Heritage Auckland now has a new executive chef at its helm, Gerard O’Keefe.
A plethora of experience under his belt, O’Keefe is also quite familiar with the hotel’s kitchen as he was previously working as the executive sous chef.
Growing up in as the son of a former Navy chef, O’Keefe was introduced to his culinary journey at quite a young age.