Lu Budden, Convention Management New Zealand Ltd; Elena Ford, Te Papa Venues; Dean Bradley, Convention Management New Zealand Ltd Lu Budden, Convention Management New Zealand Ltd; Elena Ford, Te Papa Venues; Dean Bradley, Convention Management New Zealand Ltd

Parliament Venues open day

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

Having been awarded the Parliamentary Service catering contract in January this year, Te Papa Venues is now operating and catering across the Parliamentary precinct’s eateries and event venues.

The open day was well supported by local clients and Wellington’s meetings and events industry representatives. Attendees voiced their excitement about the new possibility of holding their next event at one of Parliament’s venues, without requiring sponsorship from an MP as historically was the case.

David Stevenson, general manager Parliamentary Service, says Te Papa Venues’ experience managing multiple outlets and catering for large numbers of visitors, events and conferences were strong components of its winning proposal.

He says that in addition to Te Papa Venues’ overall value for money offering, its passion for excellent customer service stood out.

'Te Papa Venues are uniquely qualified to provide services to Parliament, given their extensive experience at Te Papa, catering to a high volume of visitors, while also managing multiple cafés and a large number of significant events. They’ll soon be feeding visitors to Wellington’s top two tourist destinations.'

Another key feature of the bid is the partnership with the team behind Wellington restaurant Logan Brown, acting in partnership with Icon Venues to re-invigorate Bellamys restaurant.

Previously only accessible to the parliamentary community, Bellamys by Logan Brown is now open to anyone wishing to experience this historical place. The restaurant is located on the third level within Parliament’s executive wing, making it a must-do-destination while in Wellington.

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