PCO Caroline Henty of BCD Meetings and Events says she was excited to take on board the opportunity of creating a programme in Nelson and encouraging conferencing ‘in our own backyard’. The group of 53 delegates stayed at the Rutherford Hotel and their 3-day programme was designed to showcase all that Nelson had to offer including dinner at Gravity Winery, a tour and cocktails at the newly renovated Nelson Classic Car Museum (formerly WOW museum), an amazing race adventure at Cable Bay Adventure Park and a morning exploring the Abel Tasman National Park with Sea Shuttles.
Local food entrepreneurs Pic Picot (Pic’s Peanut Butter) and Florence van Dyke (Chia Sisters) added their personal touch to the conference with entertaining and motivating accounts of their drive and passion to develop world class food brands.
Caroline comments: “We’re so fortunate to have some incredible locations to host conferences and incentives in New Zealand. When Fiji was no longer an option for Latitude Homes, Kelly and Marc Hunter, directors of the company, immediately thought of Nelson. With its record number of sunny days, convenient accessibility, and incredible range of fabulous outdoor activities, accompanied by an amazing food culture, they knew they were onto the perfect destination for their conference, and deliver it did!”
From the double decker bus that collected the group from the Rutherford Hotel, to the “excited yelps” as participants tried the Skywire ride at Cable Bay, Henty notes every day delivered another unique element to the conference, while the detailed itinerary enabled both franchise holders and suppliers to interact in a more relaxed format.
“I have to mention the restaurants too: the cuisine was five-star especially our final evening at Harry’s Hawker House. Every supplier we engaged with went out of their way to deliver a memorable experience for the conference attendees. We would have no hesitation in recommending Nelson as a destination for any company deciding to conference here.”