Meeting Newz January / February 2020

Contents Note from the publishers... meeting newz is registered as a magazine and is published by Tourism Media Group Ltd, 4/1 Montrose Terrace, Mairangi Bay, PO Box 65343, Mairangi Bay, Auckland, 0754 Website: Publisher: Tourism Media Group Ltd. email: Advertising: Terry Holt Phone: 021 042 8232 email: Advertising: Paul Hailes Phone: 021 217 3628 email: Contributors: Debbie Armatage, Kathy Ombler, JaneWarwick, Anabel Darby Design & Production: Gary Covich email: Printing: Ovato ISSN 1172- 5893 (Print) ISSN 2703-1942 (Online) Features Christchurch/Canterbury 10 Hurunui Famil 20 Dreamtime 22 Taupo 26 Marlborough 34 Nelson 39 Rotorua 45 Waikato Famil 54 Regular Features News 4 Social Scene Proudly sponsored by The Production & Music Agency 32 & 33 People on the Move 52 & 53 Industry Insights PCOA review 56 AIME preview 58 [ NOTE F ROM THE PUBLI SHE RS Front cover: Dreamtime breakfast at Coast Port Beach, Perth Looking into a crystal ball can be fraught with danger and making predictions can leave you with egg on your face, but with so much to look forward to this year with new hotels, venues and convention centres opening around the country our business events sector is in great shape. Even better, New Zealand held onto its top spot in the World Bank’s annual rankings as the easiest place in the world to do business, for the fourth year in a row. If your business has a good foundation in a secure commercial environment, then it makes it so much easier to go about your day-to-day enterprise – in our case helping other businesses to extend and to celebrate themselves. And despite The Quarterly Survey of Business Opinion (QSBO) for the final quarter of 2019 showing the general outlook for the economy remained negative, respondents were generally more positive. Although in many cases there had been little or no improvement, it had New Zealand still one of the best places to do business... so why the general negativity? © Tourism Media Group. All rights reserved F or any enquiries regarding the upcoming features please contact Terry: or Paul: Features subject to change March April 2020 • Auckland • Hawkes Bay/Napier • Gisborne • Australia • Entertainers • Team Building • MEETINGS 2020 Supplement May June 2020 • Taranaki/New Plymouth • Manawatu/Palmerston North • Whanganui • Australia • Charter Transport • Catering • Venues with a difference • MEETINGS 2020 Review Upcoming Meeting Newz 2019 - 2020 features July/August 2020 • Queenstown/Southern Lakes • Northland/Whangarei • Australia • Incentives • Catering • Luxury Lodges • PACIFIC Business Events Supplement September/October 2020 • Otago/Dunedin • Southland/Invercargill • Waikato/Hamilton • Christmas Showcase • Australia • Pacific November December 2020 • Wellington • Wairarapa • Australia • Pacific • Company Profiles • Technology 2021 • Trends 2021 not further weakened and there did appear to be indicators showing that conditions were starting to improve, to the extent that suggests last quarter’s results were as bad as it was going to be. In less serious news, we are pleased to announce our Industry Event Day planned on 3 April at Wairakei Resort in Taupo. Our industry is all about people and networking so this is a great opportunity for our industry colleagues to get together to share ideas, network and have a whole lot of fun. You can find further information and the registration process on page 8. Finally, our thoughts and support are with our colleagues and friends in Australia and the frontline services that are facing these fires head on. Kia kaha from all of us here across the ditch. [2] meeting newz [january february] 2020