Meeting Newz Septeber / October 2022

Observatory Hotel Conoscenti members were recently hosted in Christchurch to re-connect with suppliers and to check out the latest travel and event options. The experience included a high tea lunch at The Tannery, site visits at the Arts Centre, Te Pae Convention Centre, and several hotels in the city. The group was accommodated at The George Hotel and explored Riverside Market, had a soak at He Puna Taimoana hot pools, had a punting trip on the Avon and took a tram tour of the city among other things. Meeting Newz caught up with members Angela Day and Vicky Lowe for a Q & A session. What were the reasons for travelling to Christchurch? Conoscenti always wants to see the latest and greatest so we can take great ideas back to our own companies. Who organised the trip? The team at PPG Events had the idea, and they have a great relationship with Conoscenti. With their connections at Christchurch NZ they created an amazing experience for nine of us. Do all members use the same event/ travel suppliers? No, we all have our own suppliers and contacts. What were your thoughts on Christchurch in terms of suitability for future events? We were impressed with what the team had put together for us – we were exhausted at the end of the famil, but we were loaded with amazing ideas and contacts to take back to our businesses. What were you most surprised about? How well the entire trip was put together – they all worked together well to make us feel so comfortable. We are usually the ones organising these fabulous events and experiences for our people and teams, and here we were experiencing all these for ourselves – we felt spoilt and special. What impressed you the most? The attention to all the finer details along with the care and consideration to all our needs. Our hosts had thought about everything. It is all smiles for the PPG events team at the 2022 New Zealand Events Awards held in Hawke's Bay recently. The event company won both the best business event 2021 and best event creative 2021 for the Toyota Hospitality Experience at the 36th America's Cup. CEO Tony Regan says, “I am very proud of all of our PPG Events team that stuck together during challenging times to produce a World class event. Our loyal and longstanding client Toyota that gave us the opportunity to help showcase their vision and our capabilities and versatility. Many thanks to our strategic suppliers and partners who each played an important part of this most exciting activation. We will continue to build on this success to produce and deliver world class events for our clients with creativity, innovation and delivery.” The NZEA conference was held in Hawke's Bay using Napier War Memorial Conference Centre with the awards dinner being held at Toitoi Hawke's Bay Arts & Events Centre in late July 2022. CONOSCENTI IN CHRISTCHURCH Conoscenti, Latin for ‘those in the know’, has been successfully operating for more than 18 years. The membership, consisting of executive assistants to chief executive officers, is capped at 30 members, being a manageable size for hosts to get around at an event. THOSE I N THE KNOW] PPG TAKES TWO AT NZEA AWARDS What type of events would members consider holding in the region? It varies as each company has specific requirements and different structures; some have their own event departments. This is where Conoscenti works well as we bounce ideas off each other, which is helpful when thinking about future events. Any tips/advice for our readers, thinking about the region for their next event? Be surprised, be wowed, be inspired and experience Christchurch for yourself and your teams. You will not be disappointed! Would you like to be part of Conoscenti? Anyone interested in joining the membership, can check out The Tannery meeting newz [sept oct] 2022 [21]