Meeting Newz Septeber / October 2022

STRONG YEAR AHEAD FOR HIGH PROFILE SEA FRONT VENUE Napier Conferences & Events The venue has a high profile in the events industry this year – having already hosted the New Zealand Events Association (NZEA) Conference in July and looking forward to the Business Events Industry Aotearoa (BEIA) Conference early October. However, its success extends beyond that, with substantial business booked form a wide range of sectors. Conferences and events manager Jacqui D’Ath says a conscious decision was made to focus on total in-house service delivery. “We really are a one-stop-shop now, with no need for an organiser to liaise with various service providers. We have modern high quality AV equipment and our own technical staff as well as high quality inhouse catering. “One of the goals of myself and the team has been to put the Napier War Memorial Centre up with the best of regional venues in New Zealand and we are achieving that.” D’Ath says the approach is clearly resonating with the market. “We started to get busier even from May but this has really picked up since July. We are now heavily booked for six months and my advice for any event organisers is to plan head and talk to us as early as possible if they are considering an event for 2023 and even beyond.” She says the recent MEETINGS 2022 in Christchurch was among the best she has attended and generated plenty of firm interest for the organisation. “People came to the booth looking for business. They had dates and they knew what they wanted,” D’Ath adds. She says Napier Conferences & Events added a point of difference by launching a virtual tour at the event. “It was a novel way to present the Napier War Memorial Centre, making it both fun and informative.” Considerable care and attention is now focused in the BEIA Conference, set for 4 to 6 October. “This has been a couple of years in the making due to disruptions around Covid but we are really looking to wow the delegates. We are working closely with Toitoi – Hawke’s Bay Arts & Events Centre as well as with Hawke’s Bay Tourism, BEIA and a number of tourism operators in the region. [COVE R STORY: HAWKE ' S BAY “We will have all the big industry players here for the event and while many of them will be familiar with the venue, others will be new to us.’ D’Ath says the venue’s dramatic position right on the sea front is an obvious advantage but organisers and delegates are also impressed by the flexibility of the facility. “We can take 400 theatre style or 250 cabaret style in the Ballroom or we can flip things around with 45 to 50 trade stands in the ballroom and a 275 strong theatre style conference in the exhibition hall. We have seven spaces in total for breakouts, smaller meetings, secretariat and administration areas etc – so the choice of configuration is vast.” Focusing on an all-inclusive and comprehensive service model is paying dividends for Napier Conferences & Events, operator of the Napier War Memorial Centre. [14] meeting newz [sept oct] 2022