We'll meet again...

Friday, 17 June 2022 03:14

Close to 1,000 members of the incentive, conference and corporate meetings community have been mixing, mingling and doing business at the new Te Pae Christchurch Convention Centre this week.

Attendees at MEETINGS 2022 (organised by Business Events Industry Aotearoa) included about 100 delegates from Australia as well as conference and event organisers, suppliers and media from all over New Zealand.

Tourism New Zealand chief executive René de Monchy notes that business events will play a crucial role in tourism’s future. ‘Both conference and incentive delegates are among the highest quality visitors New Zealand can attract.'

This year is the first time in 14 years that the event has been held in Christchurch.

Kiwis welcomed at ATE

Thursday, 26 May 2022 05:04

Rooftop get-together for cruise

Tuesday, 24 May 2022 04:46

The ‘Great Cruise Comeback’ was front of mind when Norwegian Cruise Line (NCL) hosted an intimate trade function on the Rooftop of Brew on Quay in Auckland this month. (It also coincided with the subsequent green light for the NZ cruise sector from 31 July).

With Norwegian Spirit cruising from7 May and Norwegian Sun resuming two days later, NCL’s 17 ships are now back delivering holidays at sea.

Jacinta Baker, business development manager Western Australia and New Zealand for NCL, says the 10 May function was an opportunity to show appreciation to the Kiwi trade and mark the important development.

‘Spirit is coming to Australia and New Zealand at the end of the year andwe are building positive momentum around that.’

Baker was joined on the New Zealand visit by Damian Borg, director of sales Australia/NZ; and Angela Middleton, senior sales manager Australia/NZ.

At the Auckland function were joined by Darragh Walshe, Hawai’I Tourism Oceania and Russell Williss, Hawaii Airlines – a nod towards to popularity of Pride of America, which is sailing again around Hawaii.

(HA will resume its Auckland to Honolulu flights early July.)

Industry tees off for 2022

Tuesday, 24 May 2022 04:14

The game must go on. Although putting an event together for the industry has its challenges right now, the annual Travel Industry Golf Tournament teed off without a hitch at Akarana Golf Club in Auckland early May.

Some results from the day were:

Best gross: Chris Sutton; Best stableford overall: Paul Davies; Winner of the TRAVELinc Memo bubbly, by lucky draw: Paul Davies; Division 1 winner Mike Graham; second: Brett Harold; third:  John Wilson; Division 2 winner:  Paul Davies, second: Mike Van Beekhuizen, third: Dave Redmond; Teams prize: Mike Van Beekhuizen, David Redmond, Chris Paykel and Hadleigh Yonge.