Meeting Newz Septeber / October 2022

Concert at Tamaki Herenga Waka Festival Conference delegates AUCKL AND] the refreshment of its convention wing that complements the 2,000-seat Kiri Te Kanawa Theatre. Waterfront venue, the Viaduct Events Centre, is set to reopen for business and events in early 2023. This will bring 6,000m² of event space back online, including central Auckland's largest banquet space with capacity for up to 1,200 guests. Auckland is top of mind for both leisure visitors and the meetings, incentives, conferences and exhibitions industry – Auckland was named the number one city to visit in 2022 by Lonely Planet’s Best in Travel, and was also named the Best MICE Destination in Oceania in the World MICE Awards for both 2022 and 2021. “Auckland has a diverse offering of event and meeting spaces, from venues, theatres, and hotels to quirky one-of-a-kind spaces to enriching cultural facilities, such as the Auckland War Memorial Museum, Maritime Museum and Art Gallery Toi o Tamaki,” says Pereira. NEW AND REFURBISHED He says the city will be welcoming back international visitors to long-established favourites and newly opened hospitality, entertainment and accommodation offerings. The latest additions to Auckland’s portfolio include the first Five Green Star hotel in New Zealand, the Hotel Britomart, offering 99 rooms and five suites; and the 195-room Park Hyatt, as well as new city centre Sudima, Mercure and QT properties. Cordis Auckland recently completed its new Pinnacle Tower, a 17-storey building housing 244 premium rooms and signature Cordis Pinnacle Tower suites. This brings the total number of rooms to 640. New this year are the 201-room voco Auckland City Centre, the 294-room Holiday Inn Express in the city centre, and New Zealand’s first Mövenpick hotel, housed in what was formerly the Grand Mercure Auckland in the heart of the central business district, offering 207 guestrooms and suites. The city will soon be welcoming La Quinta by Wyndham hosting 246 rooms, Marriott International is bringing Moxy to Auckland in January 2023 with 185 rooms, and SkyCity’s new Horizon Hotel set to offer 303 rooms on opening. Pullman will also be bringing new hotel stock to Auckland Airport in January 2023 with 313 rooms. EXPERIENCE THIS Visiting delegates will also have a host of new hospitality offerings and experiences to try across the region. Wētā Workshop Unleashed is a behindthe-scenes tour of New Zealand’s fantastical film effects workshop. From miniatures to props and special effects, guests can explore the worlds of horror, sci-fi and fantasy in the making, with bespoke experiences and function space available for events groups. All Blacks Experience has a guided tour showcasing what it takes to be an All Black, from facing a haka to testing out ball skills. Māori tourism experiences such as Te Wehi Haka – The Haka Experience offers large group cultural performances and workshops, while Te Toki Voyaging offers a hands-on sailing experience where passengers can learn the history of and how to operate the waka. On a Tikapa Moana Whale and Dolphin Cruise, delegates can head out into the Hauraki Gulf Marine Park and hear the fascinating origins and histories of the land, sea and Ngāi Tai ki Tāmaki – original inhabitants of Tāmaki Makaurau. meeting newz [sept oct] 2022 [29]