Around New Zealand

Local iwi urged for scholarship

Monday, 22 October 2018 20:38

A successful young Rotorua man is calling for fellow young Māori to follow in his footsteps and consider a career in the city’s booming tourism industry.

OneNineFive to host Pure Pursuit

Wednesday, 17 October 2018 19:57
Wellington-based organiser OneNineFive has been chosen to design and deliver the Southern Hemisphere's first Pure Pursuit, being held in New Zealand in March 2019.

CHC famil announced post-MEETINGS

Tuesday, 02 October 2018 22:13

Conventions & Incentives New Zealand (CINZ) chief executive Sue Sullivan this week announced a new initiative for MEETINGS 2019, with a post-MEETINGS familiarisation for 20 leading Australian PCOs and media to Christchurch.

New look for Convene South

Monday, 01 October 2018 02:07

A new, intimate venue and some first time exhibitors and visitor (along with familiar faces) gave this year’s Convene South a fresh look and feel.

AKL secures $45m worth of business events

Wednesday, 19 September 2018 05:29

Auckland Convention Bureau (ACB), in conjunction with its members and industry partners, has won $45 million worth of business events in the year ending June 2018.

ZQN to host US and Kiwi golf managers this Spring

Wednesday, 19 September 2018 05:13

Golf club managers from around New Zealand and the United States will gather in Queenstown next moth for two biennial conferences.

WREDA rejig to benefit region

Wednesday, 05 September 2018 21:37

The shape of Wellington Regional Economic Development Agency’s (WREDA) organisational structure has been changed to better enable the agency to deliver its goal of making the Wellington region wildly famous.

InterContinental WLG wins top award

Monday, 03 September 2018 23:05

InterContinental Wellington was named Australasia’s leading conference hotel at the annual World Travel Awards held last night in Hong Kong.

AKL to host World Library congress

Monday, 03 September 2018 04:04

Auckland has secured the bid to host the world’s most significant library and information congress in 2020.

Flying the flag for Gay Pride

Wednesday, 29 August 2018 21:44

Queenstown’s leading zipline company is celebrating love, community, diversity, visibility and inclusion with its support of the largest winter pride event in the Southern Hemisphere.

New suites at Queenstown Park

Monday, 27 August 2018 21:05

The addition of three new suite rooms at Queenstown Park Boutique Hotel is progressing well.

WLG wins sci-fi convention

Monday, 27 August 2018 03:10

Thousands of science fiction fans will descend on Wellington in 2020 after the region won the rights to host the 78th World Science Fiction Convention.

Canadian govt brings indigenous business delegation to NZ

Wednesday, 22 August 2018 23:25
The government of Canada and members of the World Indigenous Business Forum (WIBF - Canada) met with the Te Ohu Whai Ao Charitable Trust in Rotorua recently to progress planning for the 9th World Indigenous Business Forum later this year. 

Cruising into Marlborough

Wednesday, 22 August 2018 06:28

The annual New Zealand Cruise Association conference is being hosted in Marlborough this week (23-24 August 2018), and will focus on the destination's huge growth.

Green light for WLG convention centre

Wednesday, 15 August 2018 21:39

Wellington City Council is forging ahead with its plans for a new convention centre for the region.

Parliament Venues open day

Wednesday, 15 August 2018 03:20

Te Papa Venues recently held its first open day at New Zealand’s Parliament, showcasing the venues within its buildings.

Take a tour of Te Pae

Tuesday, 14 August 2018 20:02

Conference organisers can now take a virtual tour of Christchurch’s Te Pae convention centre, with the release of a new animated video.

Christchurch to host TECNZ 2019

Monday, 13 August 2018 23:56

Christchurch is gearing up to host next year’s annual Tourism Export Council of New Zealand (TECNZ) tourism conference.

NZEA Event Awards 2018 open

Monday, 06 August 2018 11:12

The New Zealand Events Association (NZEA) Events Awards has opened for all 2018 applications.

Holiday Parks 2018 awards

Wednesday, 25 July 2018 23:42

Himatangi Beach Holiday Park has won the 2018 Spirit of Hospitality Award sponsored by AA Traveller.

This award is the holiday park sector’s premier award, made to the holiday park which excels in providing an outstanding visitor experience.

Park owners Alice and Rueben Ebrey are 100% committed to providing the highest level of service every day of the year.

'We make it a family rule that when we step out of our house we have a positive outlook so our ‘positive vibes’ can be felt by customers. We always take the time to engage with customers, even when we are busy.'

They analyse guest feedback and monitor all online reviews to make sure they are at the top of their game.

The judges said the park’s online reviews were what garnered the win.

The Holiday Park 2018 Awards were presented at a gala dinner in Hamilton last night (25 July).

A full list of Holiday Park 2018 Award winners follows:

Spirit of Hospitality – sponsored by AA Traveller

Winner:                Himatangi Beach Holiday Park, Manawatu

Finalists:               All Seasons Holiday Park, Rotorua
                           Athenree Hot Springs & Holiday Park, Bay of Plenty
                           Miranda Holiday Park, Coromandel
                           Russell TOP 10 Holiday Park, Bay of Islands

Outstanding Service to the Holiday Park Industry

Winner:                Richard and Noela Gunson

Richard and Noela Gunson have made an outstanding contribution to the holiday park sector. Richard served for five years as HPNZ President and is still an enthusiastic Board member. The couple travel the country regularly, visiting parks and attending HPNZ events. This generous couple are always the first to offer assistance and share their ideas. They have also travelled to promote New Zealand at overseas events.

Epay Emerging Star Award (for holiday park professionals under the age of 35)

Winner:                Peter Crawford, Manager, New Plymouth's Fitzroy Beach Holiday Park

Peter has been recognised for his highly successful and professional business approach. He took over the holiday park in 2013 as a family business and since then has grown visitor revenue by over 30% every year. (This award was announced in June).

TIA Sustainability Innovation Award

Winner:                Kaiteriteri Recreation Reserve, Nelson/Tasman

The Kaiteriteri Recreation Reserve employs over 110 people between November and May and around 50 between June and October. It sustains staff levels through winter by developing products such as the Kaiteriteri Mountain Bike Park and the associated product development in accommodation and food and beverage. Free to enter, the Mountain Bike Park has taken years of hard work, commercial and environmental planning, community engagement and volunteer activity to develop it into the world-class facility it is today.

Resco Best New Build over $100,000

Winner:                Kaikoura TOP 10

More than 20 years old, the main ablution block was letting the 5-star Kaikoura TOP 10 down, with guest reviews noting it wasn’t up to the same high standards as the park’s other facilities. The owners embarked on an ambitious $200,000 facelift for the big bathroom block, and while the Kaikoura earthquake threw a major spanner in the timeline, the transformation is now complete. New features include custom-made heated mirrors, individual automatic flushing urinals and heat pumps on self-timers for guests’ comfort in the colder months.

Resco Best Upgrade under $100,000

Winner:                Rotorua TOP 10 Holiday Park

Located at the front of this award-winning park, the interior of this ablutions block was tired and dated and the wet flooring had become a hazard. The owners invested in a $42,000 upgrade, which included the addition of six new toilet cubicles and four showers, the installation of infra-red heaters which are very popular with guests, auto close doors, eco-friendly LED lighting and new double glazed windows.

Highly Commended:       Wanaka Kiwi Holiday Park

PGG Wrightsons Park Grounds Award

Winners:              Miranda Holiday Park & Rotorua TOP 10 Holiday Park

                           Miranda Holiday Park, Coromandel

It’s been a whirlwind year of constant activity at Miranda Holiday Park, with a focus on adding value and offering better amenities. Highlights include new family units, $5000 worth of new plants, an all-weather children’s playground, new street signage inside and outside the park, and an increased focus on pest control.

                           Rotorua Top 10 Holiday Park

Over the past 12 months, park owners Jasmine and Jared Adams have invested the equivalent of $75,000 to upgrade the grounds, including new outdoor furnishings, artwork and outdoor family facilities and activities. Children are a big part of the park’s marketing effort and a new jumping pillow, trampoline areas and playground keep the kids happy while their parents relax.

Predator Free NZ Park Award

Winner:                Taupo DeBretts Spa Resort

This park’s predator free programme is focused on achieving solid outcomes to reduce predators and restore native flora and fauna. The programme demonstrates good management and data collection and excellent collaboration and community engagement. There is a strong desire to educate other park owners about the importance and value of New Zealand’s Predator Free initiative. 

Highly Commended:       Blue Lake TOP 10 Holiday Park

HPNZ President’s Award

Jason Hitchens, Leisurebuilt - for his support of the holiday park sector

AA Traveller - for their long-term support of the holiday park sector

HPNZ Board Service Award

Lee Boot, Alpine Pacific Kiwi Holiday Park, Kaikoura

Seekom Productivity Improvement Award

Te Anau Kiwi Holiday Park

ServiceIQ Award

Hanmer Hot Springs TOP 10 Holiday Park

Lower Hutt Events Centre is officially open

Friday, 20 July 2018 00:07

Several thousand people turned out last Saturday to see and experience the new Lower Hutt Events Centre and refurbished Town Hall.

Recycling a sitter at Ellerslie Event Centre

Wednesday, 06 June 2018 22:49

Ellerslie Event Centre marked World Environment Day today – themed 'Beat Plastic Pollution' –  by seating its guests on chairs covered in 100% recycled fabric made from used plastic bottles.

Upping Wairarapa’s ante

Thursday, 19 April 2018 02:50

Brand new experiences and developments in the Wairarapa are just some of the ways the region is redefining itself when it comes to business events, which Destination Wairarapa general manager David Hancock says is imperative when attracting more business.

‘Securing more small-to-medium size business events, conferences and incentive groups is a priority and the region’s industry leaders are taking a collaborative approach to ensure that happens,’ he says.

Rebrand for GSE

Wednesday, 18 April 2018 22:45

Global Sports & Events is this week rebranding to Fortis Events.

Managing director Joelle Talbot says the change in brand reflects the significant growth over the past year in corporate incentive management.

Breaking the fast at Convene 2018

Tuesday, 10 April 2018 21:31

A full day of convening started with a breakfast put on by Austins Food Design, with Dave Sutherland from Whoa! Studios putting on a presentation to get delegates inspired for the day.

Speaking about the concept of being 'there and back' again, Sutherland informed the group on his journey from the corporate world to becoming an entrepreneur and then coming back again with Whoa! Studios' foray into

Auckland's edu conference win

Thursday, 29 March 2018 01:10

Auckland has won the bid to host a major international education conference.

The three-day Asia-Pacific Association for International Education (APAIE) Annual Conference and Exhibition will be held at the New Zealand International Convention Centre (NZICC) in 2021.

South Canterbury on show

Monday, 26 March 2018 23:10

South Canterbury is now on show with the launch of a new guided tour company.

Explore South Canterbury, a subsidiary of Pleasant Point transport company Aitkinson and Dossett, has launched a new service with a guided agricultural tour, taking in some of the best scenery, experiences and food in the

Meet, play, sleep with VEC

Thursday, 22 March 2018 20:44

Vodafone Event Centre’s gearing up for a big couple of months, as it prepares to showcase its offerings at both Convene (held at the centre) on 10 April and MEETINGS on 30-31 May.

Second Nature Charitable Trust (SNCT) chief operating officer Karyn Spencer says the VEC’s latest campaign, Meet. Play. Sleep. will be emblazoned across its six-stand exhibit space and the mood will be ‘celebratory’.

Gold Coast connects in Auckland

Monday, 19 March 2018 23:03

Both new and familiar favourites from across the ditch were in Auckland last week as part of Gold Coast Connect.

Hosted in Grand Mercure Auckland’s funky laneway, PCOs, incentive operators and corporate travel managers received an update on new developments on the coast as it heads into the Commonwealth Games next month.

Christchurch conference wins

Monday, 19 March 2018 20:07

A Christchurch conference has been recognised among the world’s best at the Eventex 8th Global Event Awards.

The Social Enterprise World Forum 2017 (SEWF 2017) and hosted by the Ākina Foundation and organised by New Zealand professional conference organiser Conference Innovators, was awarded second place in the Best

Site prime for redevelopment

Monday, 12 March 2018 21:34

A prominent city block of land in Tauranga’s central business district has been placed on the market for sale, with the property cited as a potential spot for a hotel tower.

The property fronting Cameron Road and bordered by Harington Street, Durham Street and Hamilton Street sits directly opposite Tauranga Domain and currently sustains the Durham Motor Inn Tauranga, which has a management lease expiring in July this year.

Corporate Traveller's fresh new 'shake up'

Monday, 12 March 2018 21:30

The Corporate Traveller New Zealand team has revealed its new-look branding.

Corporate Traveller general manager New Zealand Kelly Thomas says the new look represents the growth in the brand since its launch in New Zealand nine years ago.

Seven Events turn 10

Monday, 12 March 2018 21:27

New Zealand event management company Seven Events celebrates 10 years in business this year and is launching a new brand and website.

Director Peter Allen says Seven Events will continue with its strong corporate focus, but is also delving further into the community event space and, together with like-minded industry experts, is exploring some exciting new events for local communities.

Waikato in training

Thursday, 08 March 2018 01:31

Tourism Marketing Solutions has completed two full days of training for approximately 40 operators from the Hamilton Waikato region.

The training is designed to upskill operators in a fun and interactive way.

SKYCITY celebrates summer

Thursday, 01 March 2018 04:33

Auckland’s business events industry turned out in force for SKYCITY’s annual summer celebration – this year held at the Volvo Ocean Race Village (where the Kitchen c/o SKYCITY is official caterer) in Auckland.

Northland enjoying growth

Monday, 26 February 2018 22:55

Northland continues to record annual guest night growth well ahead of the national average growth rate of 2.5, with guest nights growing by 5.2% overall in the December month.

The domestic market returned to strong growth while international nights were flat. Domestic nights grew 7.6% in December while international nights grew slightly by 0.4%.

Makeover for Aotea Centre

Monday, 26 February 2018 20:38

The Aotea Centre will undergo a redevelopment starting with a distinctive new exterior, which is currently underway, followed by a comprehensive internal refurbishment that will begin in October.

Both internal and external refurbishments are due for completion in March 2019.

AKL: Open for business

Wednesday, 21 February 2018 01:46

Major events such as the America’s Cup in 2021 will propel Auckland into the global spotlight, according to Steve Armitage, Auckland Tourism, Events & Economic Development general manager, speaking at Asia-Pacific Incentives & Meetings Expo.

‘While 2021 is an incredible opportunity to propel our city into the world stage, we aren’t strangers to hosting these kinds of major events. The Rugby World Cup 2011 is an example of how a single event can be a catalyst for

Christchurch City updates

Monday, 19 February 2018 19:42

Restoration work on Christchurch Town Hall is continuing at pace, according to new information from Christchurch Convention Bureau.

Seating is going back into the auditorium and structural repairs to the fly tower are complete.

Chch to host new conference

Monday, 19 February 2018 04:02

Christchurch has won the bid to host the International Wetlands Conference, expected to attract 1000 delegates from around the world when it comes to the city in 2020.

Local ecologist and wetland expert, Dr Philippe Gerbeaux from the Department of Conservation’s Freshwater team was one of driving forces behind bringing the event to Christchurch, after being asked by the co-chairs of the Intecol Wetlands Working Group whether New

Christchurch scores tech event

Thursday, 08 February 2018 04:03

Christchurch will play host to the 2019 linux.xonf.au conference, set to bring up to 800 delegates from around Australasia and the world to the city.

The 2019 event will be the 20th anniversary of the conference and will run from 21-25 January 2019 at the University of Canterbury.

Hilton Lake Taupo’s new C&E venue

Thursday, 08 February 2018 02:55

Hilton Lake Taupo has completed its significant redevelopment project of the hotel’s conference and event facilities.

The all-new venue within the hotel’s iconic heritage wing has brought together the Victorian design of the original building, built in 1889, with state-of-the-art technology and contemporary furnishings.

New property for QT

Wednesday, 31 January 2018 22:53

Queenstown is getting ready for its latest hotel, with the Wyndham Garden set to open 1 May 2018.

The 75-room hotel, which comprises a mixture of hotel, studio and one-bedroom apartment and will feature onsite F&B and conference facilities.


Wednesday, 31 January 2018 21:25

New Zealand will have ‘prime position’ at this year’s Asia-Pacific Incentives and Meeting Expo (AIME), according to Conventions & Incentives Australia manager Sharon Auld.

CINZ and Tourism New Zealand are teaming up on the 100% Pure New Zealand stand with 11 partners from key regions and venues. They are joined by the country’s national carrier Air New Zealand.

‘Together we are making the most of this prime spot to create a real sense of our place and our people. It will be an engaging slice of Aotearoa New Zealand in Melbourne,’ says Auld.

Palmy arena's expansion

Monday, 18 December 2017 21:54

Central Energy Trust Arena in Palmerston North will undergo a major expansion and redesign after Palmerston North City Council signed off on a $25 million development for the city’s main sports and events centre.

Key features of the development include a new stand encompassing concourse seating and function space along the southern embankment, a new speedway facility, and a revamped, park-like entrance.

This will be designed to open onto a new ‘Boulevard’, another council-planned development aimed to improve the link for pedestrians between the arena with the CBD.

AKL conventions new partnership

Monday, 11 December 2017 21:32

Auckland Conventions Venues & Events now has a partnership with premium caterers The Kitchen c/o SKYCITY and Urban Gourmet.

Auckland Conventions general sales manager, Marija Gecan, says the new catering partners have been chosen for their exceptional cuisine and extensive experience.

‘Staging more than 700 events a year, we are focused on offering more choice and innovation. Our priority is to provide clients with the best experience and highest-quality service possible across our diverse portfolio of iconic Auckland venues.’

H3 Operations Manager wins

Monday, 27 November 2017 21:16

H3 operations manager Claire Toko has taken out a top award at the Entertainment Venues Association of New Zealand (EVANZ) Awards in Wellington.

Toko was named the ‘Simpson Grierson Operations Manager of the Year’, with the judges commending her for the significant contribution she has made to H3 and her role as a leader and ‘go-to’ person in the business.

Having worked at H3 in several roles over the past 12 years, Claire has drawn on her broad range of experience to identify and lead a number of initiatives in areas including health and safety, staff induction, contract management and development projects.

TMS Workshop takes AKL

Monday, 20 November 2017 22:37

Tourism Marketing Solutions held one of its last TMS.Workshops for the year at the SKYCITY  Convention Centre Boardroom in Auckland last week.

With a focus on the C&I market, the workshop was facilitated by Tania Adolphe and Sarah Hillman, both of which have worked in the tourism industry for a number of years and see the workshops as giving back to the industry.

NZICC opts for Ungerboeck

Monday, 13 November 2017 20:59

New Zealand International Convention Centre (NZICC) is teaming up with Ungerboeck Software as its event management solution.

Callum Mallett, general Manager of operations at NZICC, says the team properly evaluated three solutions in its search for a venue management solution.

‘Two of the booking and CRM systems answered many of the questions we had, but only Ungerboeck covered the remit of almost everything on our wish list, and had the real pedigree in the international convention market,’ he says.

NZ Aquaculture conference

Monday, 06 November 2017 20:34

The New Zealand Aquaculture Conference will be held in Marlborough in September 2018.

A celebration of the world’s finest farmed seafood grown in Marlborough and around New Zealand, the Aquaculture Conference bid was led by Business Events Marlborough, working with local venues, accommodation providers and transport operators.

The region will see around 400 delegates visiting from across New Zealand and around the world and is set to bring an estimated $344,400 into the local economy.

Training opps in QT, AKL

Monday, 30 October 2017 21:11

Queenstown-based meeting and conference operators have a training opportunity through TMS on 9 November.

The course will upskill and educate participants over four to five hours on the principals of the conference and incentives sales process.

Upwards for Christchurch

Monday, 16 October 2017 22:46

Hotel occupancy in Christchurch is up almost five percent on the same time last year, according to the latest Tourism Industry Aotearoa (TIA) statistics. Other industry reporting also highlights this trend with stronger year-on-year demand for CBD hotels in the 4.5 to five-star market.

Queenstown’s new kid on block

Monday, 09 October 2017 20:46

QT Hotels & Resorts has unveiled the artist impressions of its new property, QT Queenstown.

The hotel follows the design-DNA of QT’s predecessor properties, with its identity inspired by the surrounding environment along with a touch of signature QT quirk.

Hairy win for Auckland

Monday, 02 October 2017 22:02

Auckland has won the bid to host the World Beard and Moustache Championships in 2021, which will see facial hair aficionados from around the globe descend on the city.

The championships is a biennial competition in which some of the most outrageous and highly styled facial hair on the planet is on display.

The Fellowship of the Beard NZ president, and regular competitor, Ygnacio Cervio worked with Auckland Convention Bureau (ACB) and Tourism New Zealand to secure the event for Auckland.