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The Bay of Plenty’s annual Business Expo has announced an award-winning wellbeing specialist, author and entrepreneur as keynote speaker for its 2019 event.
Larnach Castle was awarded the Excellence in Tourism & Hospitality Award at the Westpac Otago Business Awards for 2018 recently.
The award was sponsored by Enterprise Dunedin. Other finalists for the award included Vault21 and Emersons Brewery.
Deborah Price, marketing and public relations manager at Larnach Castle says winning this award is a testament to forty five years of ongoing work and dedication to the conservation of Larnach Castle by the Barker family and the staff at Larnach Castle.
Andrew Husheer Larnach Castle general manager says the purchase of Camp Estate is one of the most significant achievements over the last two years, allowing the opportunity to expand.
As well as reuniting 45 acres of original Larnach Castle land the property came with a large home, which has since been refurbished to a commercial standard and is now open as a country house style accommodation. It also offers conference and meeting facilities.
'There is now a synergy between the two neighbouring properties, an example of the is would be conference guests working at the estate but taking breaks to come and visit the garden or have dinner at the castle.
'Our existing wholesale clients have welcomed a high end accommodation option in Dunedin. Our newest client is Department of Internal affairs, who intend on using the property for visiting government officials.'
Instigating a conservation plan has been a priority for Larnach Castle.
In 2011 the company in partnership with New Zealand Historic Places Trust commissioned a conversation plan that will be used as the blueprint for any restoration projects.
Already it has been used as a guide to complete repairs on the leaking tower roof, insuring best heritage practices are adhered to.
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.
Golf club managers from around New Zealand and the United States will gather in Queenstown next moth for two biennial conferences.
The BMI International Conference and the 8th biennial Golf Managers Association of New Zealand Conference are being held in Queenstown between 4 and 11 October.
The conferences both feature a roster of New Zealand's top business personalities, including Queenstown residents Sam Hazeldine speaking about the three foundations of success, and Sir Michael Hill speaking about building an international brand 'down under' at a luncheon at his own The Hills Golf Club.
Other conference speakers include retired Air New Zealand director Norm Thompson discussing creating a winning culture; CEO of New Zealand Golf Dean Murphy on planning for the future; and PGA Golf Tourism NZ's Ryan Brandenburg talking about the international marketing success story that is New Zealand golf.
Golf Managers Association of New Zealand executive officer Des Topp says hosting the conference in Queenstown provides an inspiring backdrop to showcase some of New Zealand's brightest business minds alongside many of the golf industry's respected personalities.
'These conferences both highlight our credentials on an international scale, and improve knowledge and evolve the sector in New Zealand.'
The conferences will be held at Millbrook Resort and The Hills Golf Club, and will include a range of activities including a lake cruise and AJ Hackett Kawarau Bridge Bungy.
Queenstown Convention Bureau director Kiran Nambiar says the bureau welcomes the combined conferences to Queenstown.
'Queenstown's golf offering is world class, and having that on show to delegates at both of these conferences, especially during the longer days of spring, is a coup for the region and its conference and incentive industry.'
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.
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
Hanmer Hot Springs TOP 10 Holiday Park
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.
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 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 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
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’.
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.
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
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.
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.
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.
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%.
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.
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 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 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 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.
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.
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.
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.
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 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.
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.
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.
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.