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[ SOUTH L AND / I NVE RC ARG I LL CONNECTING WITH PRIDE – THE MOOD OF THE SOUTH and conferences will play a significant role in this story by helping to put Southland on the map. “It’s time to look to the future and be inspired by region’s unlimited potential to be recognised as a great place to live, work, visit and as a preferred destination for events and conferences to be held,” says (Great South chief executive Ann) Lockhart Great South, which replaced Venture Southland on 1 July 2019, is Southland’s biggest change to date in terms of collaborative and focused direction, with the newly established entity designed to build on the work previously carried out by Venture Southland. credited the passionate work of Venture Southland and key Southland stakeholders in helping to lay the groundwork for the direct flight being established. “This is a great result for the Southland region, and we’re excited for the many opportunities it will provide to our businesses, residents and future visitors. Visiting what we consider to be the best region in New Zealand has now been made even easier.” Great South – a new chapter for Southland The establishment of Great South signals the start of an exciting new chapter of Southland’s development story, and events Find yourself speechless in Invercargill With a flight time of approximately two hours, the new Invercargill-Auckland service will be the longest domestic Air New Zealand flight, operating five times a week each way. The first scheduled Auckland-Invercargill service will depart on 25 August 2019 and the first Invercargill-Auckland flight will be on 26 August 2019. To support the service, Air NZ ran a multi- channel month-long campaign in June/July called ‘Find yourself speechless in Southland’ developed in partnership with key Southland stakeholders showcasing all that is on offer in Southland – from food and local experiences to adventures in Milford Sound and Stewart Island along with stunning imagery of the city and beyond. Locally the campaign in Southland promoted Auckland as being only a cookie, coffee and magazine read away. Air New Zealand general manager market development and retail sales, Annabelle Fowler says the campaign is all about encouraging people to get behind the direct jet service. “There are some fantastic experiences in Southland, and we’re excited to share these through this new campaign ahead of our new direct service to Invercargill. “Equally the Southland community has told us a direct service to Auckland is important to them and we look forward to locals supporting the direct A320 jet service.” Great South chief executive Ann Lockhart WITH THE ADVENT OF THE FIRST EVER DIRECT FLIGHTS BETWEEN AUCKLAND AND INVERCARGILL STARTING IN AUGUST, AND A NEW CHAPTER IN COLLABORATION FOR THE ECONOMIC DEVELOPMENT OF SOUTHLAND UNDERWAY, THE REGION IS EVEN BETTER PLACED TO CARVE OUT A DISTINCTIVE NICHE IN THE BUSINESS EVENTS MARKET. Camp Estate, guest lounge Young Farmer of the Year at ILT Stadium, Invercargill Neptune Ball at Transport World By Debbie Armatage [28] meeting newz [july august] 2019

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