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Event Hospitality and Entertainment (EVENT) has announced the addition of its first golf resort to its collection of properties, as a result of a new management agreement to operate the Rydges Formosa Golf Resort. Formerly known as Formosa Golf Resort in Beachlands, Auckland, the property is undergoing an extensive multi-million dollar renovation of the golf course and its surrounding facilities. The hotel will reopen under the EVENT family of hotels in late-November 2020 with new owners, Beachlands South Limited Partnership, a partnership between NZ Super Fund and parties associated with the Russell Property Group.
Auckland’s move to Alert Level 1 is great news for the business events industry and will give decision-makers confidence across the country, says Conventions and Incentives New Zealand (CINZ) Chief Executive, Lisa Hopkins.
Auckland will join the rest of New Zealand in Covid-19 alert level 1 from 11.59pm on Wednesday 7 October.
“The announcement by Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern dispels all confusion about who can meet and where. We have been given the green light to meet, with the country fully opened up to domestic groups, and Aucklanders again welcome to any region,”she says.
“Now is the time to rebuild the industry, and deliver confidence back to organisers who have been holding off planning and booking their events. Our message is it is safe to hold a conference, seminar, workshop, or team recognition event. We want people to understand that business events are the safest type of event that can be held, backed up by the World Health Organisation itself.”
CINZ has opened registrations for BE Reconnected, a free industry exhibition and networking day in Auckland on 1 December aimed at the throwing the spotlight on this $5 billion sector and rekindling vital industry relationships.
“BE Reconnected will be an essential platform to support the sector now and beyond. It is imperative for the good of the country and for the industry that we now move forward safely, and with assurance,” Lisa Hopkins says.
The All Blacks, perhaps the most admired rugby side in the world, have a lot for which to thank ‘team player’ Gilbert Enoka.
He is New Zealand’s premier mental-skills and performance coach and has built an enviable career which has taken in not only elite sporting teams but the corporate world and other fields.
Hotel Fitzroy, the new ‘five-star’ boutique hotel in Richmond Road, Ponsonby, welcomes its first guests today. Our host will do whatever it takes to make their stay as memorable as possible, says general manager, Chris Dickinson.
Celebrations are important at the moment and this was recognised by the team at House of Travel Christchurch City thought when they celebrated managing director David Williams’s 25th anniversary as owner operator of HoT Christchurch City.