Meeting Newz September / October 2020

Contents 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, JaneWarwick, Stu Freeman Design & Production: Gary Covich email: Printing: Ovato ISSN 1172- 5893 (Print) ISSN 2703-1942 (Online) [ NOTE F ROM THE PUBLI SHE RS Front cover: The Duke of Marlborough Hotel, Russell, Bay of Islands ~ Photo by Jess Burges Paul, Terry and Gary It’s election time and having a say in who will lead us through the next three years has never been so important, in what will be one of the most challenging times to ever face our country. Rising unemployment, border restrictions and limited conference and event space are some of the major issues our industry has to deal with over the coming year. As small business owners we are deeply invested in what our politicians are promising. That’s the key word, ‘promising’ – but ‘delivering’ is critical, it is far better to under promise and over deliver. Managing the tourism sector will be no easy task for the government and the general consensus at present is the lack of certainty around planning and preparation whilst appreciating the fact that health and safety are of the upmost importance. We need a clear and precise plan that allows operators to function as best as possible without confusion, mixed messages or blurred lines. Our ability as an industry to run events safely and professionally is what differentiates us, we have been tracking and tracing long before COVID – both for commercial, health and safety reasons. We are well equipped to run socially distanced events if required and that makes so much Check out our latest regular feature, an industry update column provided by the New Zealand Regional Convention Bureaux group on page 35. Every Vote Counts © Tourism Media Group. All rights reserved more sense than letting thousands of people rock and roll around shopping malls. We want the government to recognise this and rather than imposing rules which close down the events industry, they should be asking the experts in the industry how they can run the economy more effectively while also keeping people safe. So take some time over the next couple of weeks to listen, research and decide on our future. And finally, a big shout out to our readers and advertisers, we appreciate every one of you and without your continued support we wouldn’t be able to do what we do, so thank you. F or any enquiries regarding the upcoming features please contact Terry: or Paul: Features subject to change November December 2020 • Otago/Dunedin • Southland/Invercargill • Waikato/Hamilton • West Coast • Australia • Company Profiles January February 2021 • Wellington/Wairarapa • Australia • Pacific • AIME Preview • Team Building • Technology 2021 • Entertainment Upcoming Meeting Newz 2020 - 2021 features March April 2021 • Bay of Plenty • Rotorua • Australia • Pacific • AIME Review May June 2021 • Nelson Tasman • Marlborough • Christchurch • Taupo • Meetings Preview Note from the publishers... Features Bay of Islands 9 Hokianga 14 Southern Lakes/Queenstown 22 Christmas/End of Year functions 28 Regular Features News 4 People on the Move 18 Social Scene 20 Industry Insights AuSAE Column 33 St John Column 34 New Zealand Regional Bureaux 35 CINZ Column 36 [2] meeting newz [september october] 2020