Hotel conference focusing on regional growth

Hotel conference focusing on regional growth

Registrations are open for the New Zealand Hotel Industry Conference, which takes place in Auckland on 4-5 July.

The conference is the largest annual event dedicated to New Zealand’s hotel sector, and is co-hosted by Tourism Industry Aotearoa and Horwath HTL.

It is attended by managers and stakeholders in the New Zealand hotel sector. Last year’s conference attracted over 350 delegates, including hotel managers, investors, developers, hotel chains, government agencies, hotel industry consultants, sponsors and exhibitors.

Confirmed speakers include Air New Zealand chief executive Christopher Luxon, Tourism Holdings chief executive Grant Webster and Westpac chief economist Dominick Stephens.

High calibre speakers will also be looking at how convention centres fit into regional tourism strategies, and the challenges of finding good staff in less populated areas.

The regional focus continues into the New Zealand Hotel Industry Awards 2018 with a new award this year – Regional Employee of the Year, which will be awarded to the best operational employee working in a hotel not located in Auckland, Christchurch, Wellington or Queenstown.