Convene Group managing director Alyssa Eastaugh says the move to Addington Raceway Events Centre after six years at Wigram was a move to bring the South Island’s business events industry back towards the Christchurch CBD.
First time exhibitor Penny Bolton, co-owner of The Playground in Queenstown, says attending Convene South gave the company an opportunity to reach corporates looking for a fun and affordable team building option.
'We now have a permanent site on Alan Reid Rd Queenstown. We always had the corporate market in mind but we knew we needed a good selection of activities before this sector would take us seriously.'
The Playground already offers archery combat, bubble soccer, a ropes challenge and more. One of the most unusual activities is ‘human foosball’ – think of an oversized foosball table and you are the players in the middle.
Also new at Convene South was Crater Rim Walks, which concentrates on half and full day walks around the Port Hills of Christchurch.
Co-owner Nicole Ellwood says the company wanted to provide walks that could be reached within 30 minutes' drive of the Christchurch CBD, thus offering delegates a reason to stay in Christchurch a day longer and experience a different type of team bonding.
A guide drives the group (maximum 10) to either Sumner, Lyttelton or Cashmere.
‘Our guests get well off the beaten track as our walks are not accessible for large group tours. Later they return to their Christchurch hotel and the city’s restaurants without a long bus journey.’
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.