meeting newz May / June 2019

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, Jane Warwick Design & Production: Gary Covich email: Printing: PMP Ltd. Features Queenstown 12 Queenstown Famil 16 New Caledonia Famil 20 Northland 28 Luxury Lodges 34 Business Event Cruises 38 Byron Bay Famil 40 Elements of Byron 42 Gold Coast Famil 44 Gold Coast 46 REGULAR FEATURES News 4 Social Scene 26 People on the Move 32 & 33 PCOA 49 NZEA 50 INDUSTRY INSIGHTS Profile on Nathan Brown 19 Profile on Nastassia Dykman 36 Debbie Armatage has a background in both journalism and marketing and has spent many years managing both strategic and tactical marketing planning and implementation as well as working specifically as a PR/communications manager. After many years in the food and hospitality industries based in Auckland, she switched to the tourism sector in 1998, moving to Christchurch to take up the role as convention bureau manager for Christchurch and Canterbury Marketing. Armatage now resides in Nelson to continue part-time study and consulting. Jane Warwick has worked within the travel media for many years, including stints at Travel Digest under its original owner, through to Travel Trade, Tabs on Travel and Travel Today. She has also contributed travel articles to various For any enquiries regarding the upcoming features please contact Terry: or Paul: Features subject to change A warm welcome to new writers [ NOTE F ROM THE PUBLI SHE RS Front cover: Elements of Byron July August 2019 • Otago / Dunedin • Southland / Invercargill • Waikato / Hamilton • Venues With a Difference • Asia • Australia • Sustainability • MEETINGS Review September October 2019 • Auckland / New Venues • Wellington • Wairarapa • Christmas Events • Australia • USA • Pacific Area Business Events November December 2019 • Bay of Plenty • Coromandel • West Coast • Asia • Australia • PCOA 2019 Preview • Company Profiles • Technology 2020 national and international newspapers and magazines. She was a founding member of Travel Communicators, the New Zealand travel writers association. Jane took a break from travel as editor of Signature Magazine and BMW Magazine New Zealand. She is now a freelance writer and editor for magazines such as Life & Leisure Magazine, DEMM Engineering and Manufacturing Magazine and NZ Heritage Magazine. Ross Middleton is a journalist, editor, content manager and photographer with over 35 years in business-to-business publishing. He has wide-ranging interests in the world of business communications but his areas of expertise include the distribution chain, sustainable business practices, health and safety, consumer electronics and technology, agriculture, forestry, tourism, music, books, training, education and media issues. Upcoming Meeting Newz 2019 features We would like to welcome three new contributing writers - Debbie Armatage, Jane Warwick and Ross Middleton - joining Kathy Ombler as part of our ever-growing team. We are especially pleased that Debbie is based in the South Island, which will significantly widen our reach. Debbie, Jane and Ross will be on hand at MEETINGS 2019 and look forward to meeting and working with you. Put the coffee on and enjoy the read! [2] meeting newz [may june] 2019