Nicole Carvell, business events tourism advisor at Enterprise Dunedin has been appointed Chair of the New Zealand Convention Bureaux.
Recent changes at event management company Paardekooper and Associates mean that Debbie Paardekooper has re-entered the family business, joining Kaye and Luke as Senior Event Manager and Business Development Manager.
Outshine Ltd have appointed a new conference coordinator Annie Campbell to the team, based at the Cambridge office.
Originally from the UK, Annie spent the majority of her ten-year career honing her skills working within corporate event agencies in London. Two years ago she emigrated to New Zealand, working initially for the Momento Group which, gave her a good introduction into the NZ market.
In this year’s Queens Birthday Honours we are delighted to announce that Elizabeth (Liz) Herrmann, Owner and Director of Jet Park Hotels has been appointed as an Honorary Member of the New Zealand Order of Merit in recognition of services to the hospitality industry and philanthropy.
Duncan Mackenzie has been appointed as the new general manager at Waitakere Resort & Spa.
QT Hotels and Resorts has announced Doron Whaite as general manager for QT Auckland, scheduled to open mid-year. Boasting a 15-year career in hospitality, Whaite’s extensive industry experience will ensure the successful launch and ongoing commercial achievements of QT’s newest property in New Zealand.
QT Wellington introduces a new Hotel Manager, Ian Charlton, who commenced his responsibility of overall operation of the capital’s design-led hotel on 13 January, 2020. With over ten years’ experience in Australia and the United States, Charlton brings a wealth of knowledge to his new role at QT Wellington.
Te Pae Christchurch Convention Centre is building on the depth of its international expertise with the appointment of experienced Client Services Manager, Lee-Ann Dahl.
Te Pae Christchurch Convention Centre is set to showcase local food and produce with a global flavour, with the appointment of international chef Desmond Davies.
Two members have been elected in the Platinum category of the Conventions and Incentives New Zealand (CINZ) board following its Annual General Meeting in Queenstown on Wednesday 30 October.
Georgina Grey from Accor was elected for a two-year term, and Alison Smith from Millennium Hotels and Resorts re-elected for another two year term. Megan Sweeney of Auckland War Memorial Museum was also re-elected as a Gold board member.
Due to expansion, Heritage Hotel Management is delighted to announce the promotion of Jass Sidhu from central reservations team leader to the revenue and yield manager for Heritage and City Life Auckland Hotels.
Sue Sullivan has resigned as Conventions and Incentives New Zealand (CINZ) chief executive. She will be leaving the association at the end of November to take up a new role in Canterbury, as chief executive of Christchurch and Hanmer Attractions.
Auckland Trotting Club incorporating Alexandra Park function centre and raceway announces the appointment of Mauro Barsi to the position of Chief Executive.
Rydges Wellington is excited to announce the appointment of Marcus Keenan as Hotel Manager reporting directly to Simon White. Keenan is no stranger to New Zealand hotel management having joined Rydges from his General Manager position at Heritage Auckland, where he had been with since April 2014.
Tony Moore is the new general manager at Adventure Playground Rotorua. Previously, he was the sales manager for the Millennium Hotel Rotorua. He has over 25 years’ experience in Hospitality and Tourism, having worked at the Hyatt, Kingsgate, Novotel and Trans Metro hotels.
In the face of stiff international competition, NZ speaking professional Greg Ward was awarded a standing ovation and the supreme title of ‘World Class Speaker’ at the High-Impact Speaking Masterclass and Showcase in Ottawa, Canada on Friday 3rdMay 2019.
Lynda Booth is now focusing her business, Tourism Management Solutions Limited, as an Association Management Company, to partner with growth-minded, small and medium sized professional associations to assist them in achieving their strategic goals.
After years of dabbling in the different forms of the travel and business events industries, Kim Herd and Nicky Tilsley have partnered to pursue their joint passion of incentive groups and conferencing.
The pair have over 50 years of experience between them, with Herd having started in the incentive industry with Bonaventure Palmerston North in 1990 before shifting into retail with United Travel and moving to Auckland to open her own United Travel office in 1995. She sold her Birkenhead office in 2001 and has since worked from home trading through IATA.
Tracy Martin has been appointed national director of sales for EVENT Hotels and Resorts New Zealand and director of sales and marketing for Rydges Wellington.
Martin immigrated with her family from South Africa to New Zealand in 2008 joining Mirvac Hotels and in 2012, following an acquisition by Accor Hotels, she transitioned into the Accor sales team as director of sales for corporate.
Nicole Carvell has joined the Dunedin Convention Bureau as business events tourism advisor.
Carvell has previously held roles with Dunedin Venues and The Cancer Society, and has a wealth of conference sales and fundraising, marketing and event coordinating experience.
Veronique Delattre is the new general manager for Pullman Auckland, effective as of April 2018. Originally from France, Delattre’s hotel career spans 20 years, including major international stints working for AccorHotels in United Kingdom, Russia, Poland, Vietnam and Malaysia.
The company behind industry trade shows such as PAICE and the regional-focused Australasian Convene series have welcomed Charlotte Allen as its new event and administration assistant.
Allen comes to Convene Group after graduating from AUT where she majored in event management/marketing and public relations.
Archana Kawatra is the new sales and marketing manager at the Amora Hotel Auckland. Kawatra has recently moved to New Zealand after 12 years in the United Arab Emirates.
She has previously worked as director of sales and marketing at the Sofitel Abu Dhabi Corniche and the Grand Millennium Abu Dhabi. Having worked with Hyatt International prior to being director of sales - MICE at the
Lorena Marshall has joined Auckland Conventions, Venues & Events as business development executive.
Her most recent previous position was at Rydges Auckland for two years and before that she was at Rydges Queenstown.
Angela Beardsmore is the new consumer marketing manager at Tourism Bay of Plenty.
In her role, Beardsmore is responsible for domestic and international consumer marketing, and international media files and will work closely with business events.