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New GM for Parkside Hotel & Apartments

Tuesday, 20 February 2024 09:40

Burzis Ustad has been appointed as GM for Parkside Hotel and Apartments.

Stock returns to Edgewater – Lake Wānaka

Tuesday, 13 February 2024 01:18

The Board of Edgewater – Lake Wānaka announces that Leigh Stock will be the new General Manager.

Club Med has appointed Tomasina Boone as BDM for Business Events

Wednesday, 07 February 2024 01:34

Club Med has appointed Tomasina Boone, as its new MICE Business Development Manager for the Pacific market.

New at Colab Connects

Tuesday, 30 January 2024 21:28

Angelique van der Merwe has joined Colab Connects, a marketing and strategy company that develops sustainable marketing strategies that use innovation, insights and creativity for good.

Promotion for Taylor at Trinity Wharf

Tuesday, 30 January 2024 21:25

Kelly Taylor has recently been promoted to business development manager - MICE at Trinity Wharf Tauranga.

Spotlight on H3 Group - Celebrating 34 years 

Monday, 22 January 2024 21:33

Eddie Tamati (pictured) began work at the Claudelands Showgrounds in Hamilton in 1989, 34 years later, Tamati is the longest standing staff member at H3 Group and an integral part of the team. 

Ellis joins Verve as BDM

Monday, 22 January 2024 21:31

After eight years in marketing, Greg Ellis returns to the events industry at Verve. Ellis now combines his previous twenty years events experience at corporate entertainers The Improvisors and Greg Ellis Creative with strategic comms expertise.

Meredith returns to Fortis Events

Wednesday, 17 January 2024 01:11

Fortis Events has welcomed back Jo Meredith as a Senior Event Manager.  

Promotion at Celebrity Speakers

Monday, 15 January 2024 03:08

Rachel Bird is starting the year in the newly established role of Brand and Talent Manager, responsible for the marketing, brand and talent acquisition for Celebrity Speakers.

New at Aircalin

Friday, 12 January 2024 01:01

Aircalin has appointed James Leslie as its new sales executive for the New Zealand region.

Key appointment for Grand Chancellor

Tuesday, 12 December 2023 20:26

Hotel Grand Chancellor has appointed Steve Martin as area general manager for Hotel Grand Chancellor Auckland and James Cook Hotel Grand Chancellor in Wellington.

New GM for Wai Ariki Hot Springs & Spa

Wednesday, 29 November 2023 07:32

Wai Ariki Hot Springs and Spa have announced the appointment of Debbie Guptill-Robertson as its new general manager, effective 1st December 2023.

DMS’ Fernandez appointed to SITE board of directors

Saturday, 25 November 2023 00:20

Marissa Fernandez, Managing Director at DMS Destination Marketing Services, has been named as the inaugural SITE Australia & New Zealand Chapter Representative on the 2024 International Board of Directors.

New Senior BDM at Pullman Auckland

Sunday, 12 November 2023 22:31

Orshi Miklos has joined Pullman Auckland Hotel & Apartments as Senior Business Development Manager – Meetings & Events.

New at Business Events Southland

Tuesday, 07 November 2023 23:18

Business Events Southland have appointed Janine Daniel to the bureau as Business Development Executive in October this year due to growing demand in the region. 

New BDM Australia for ACB

Tuesday, 31 October 2023 21:48

Charlotte Mills is the new BDM - Australia based in Auckland.

NZICC grows sales staff

Tuesday, 31 October 2023 21:12

The New Zealand International Convention Centre has appointed three new sales professionals who will focus on the domestic events market.

New at Te Pae Christchurch

Tuesday, 31 October 2023 21:10

Te Pae Christchurch has appointed Melanie Gurden to the role of marketing and communications manager.  

New at Auckland Convention Bureau

Tuesday, 31 October 2023 08:07

Olivia Octaviani joins ACB as BDE - Australia and International based in Auckland

Buchanan is the new BDM at Headwaters

Wednesday, 25 October 2023 22:15

Buchanan’s career focus in her 28 years in the workforce has been on the Conference and Incentive (MICE) and tourism industry.

Te Karaka Lodge appoint executive chef

Wednesday, 25 October 2023 21:30

Te Karaka Lodge in rural Waikato have appointed Dominic Dsouza as their Executive Chef to lead the kitchen at the brand new contemporary farmstay.

Te Karaka Lodge Managers

Monday, 16 October 2023 08:02

Kiwi couple Aaron and Danielle Geraets are the Lodge Managers running newly opened modern farmstay, Te Karaka Lodge in rural Waikato.

Bennett to join Tourism Tropical North Qld in 2024

Monday, 09 October 2023 10:12

Tourism Tropical North Queensland (TTNQ) has appointed Tara Bennett (pictured) to the position of general manager - Partnerships and Events starting in early 2024.

Patten new GM for Scenic Hotel Bay of Islands

Wednesday, 04 October 2023 08:03

The current general manager for Scenic Hotel Bay of Islands, Debbie Patten is an experienced hotelier with a wealth of industry expertise, operational knowledge, and sales skills.

NZICC appoints director of customer experience

Wednesday, 04 October 2023 00:22

The New Zealand International Convention Centre (NZICC) has appointed Tracey Ha as director of customer experience.

Ha will oversee all aspects of the NZICC's brand, marketing, communications and corporate social responsibility initiatives.  This includes a targeted focus on sustainabilty, community impact and creating authentic cultural experiences for NZICC's clients and guests.

Ha Joins NZICC from Tataki Auckland Unlimited where she was group marketing manager overseeing destination marketing for the visitor economy, business events, major events and their cultural organisations (Auckland Zoo, Maritime Museum & Auckland Art Gallery.

Robertson to Crowne Plaza Queenstown

Tuesday, 26 September 2023 04:32

Katie Robertson is the the newly appointed director of sales & marketing at Crowne Plaza Queenstown.

New at Chateau Marlborough

Monday, 25 September 2023 23:29

Nick Billcliffe is the front office and reservations manager at Chateau Marlborough.

Business Events Marlborough appoint BDM

Monday, 25 September 2023 22:49

Fay Clarke is the new business events development manager at Destination Marlborough.

New business events lead for Dunedin

Sunday, 24 September 2023 22:57

Enterprise Dunedin has appointed Penny Neilson as business events lead.

Grossman to Hawke's Bay Tourism

Monday, 18 September 2023 21:40

Liz Grossman is returning back to her home town and has been appointed as the new Partnerships manager - tourism trade and business events for Hawkes Bay Tourism.

NZICC appoints new international sales manager

Monday, 18 September 2023 21:39

The New Zealand International Convention Centre has appointed Loryn Blaikie  as international sales manager.  Blaikie brings a wealth of experience and joins NZICC from the Institute of Directors.  

Parker joins Millennium Hotels & Resorts NZ

Monday, 28 August 2023 10:30

Adam Parker has joined the Millennium Hotels and Resorts team as National Business Development Manager, C&I.  

Crannitch to Naumi Hotels Wellington

Monday, 28 August 2023 04:43

Rick Crannitch is the new general manager for Naumi Hotels Wellington.

Crannitch has held previous general manager roles in Australia and New Zealand, most recently with Royce Hotel in Melbourne and Mayfair Hotel in Christchurch.

New Head of Technology and Innovation at Te Pae Christchurch

Sunday, 20 August 2023 23:02

Te Pae Christchurch Convention Centre have announced the appointment of Nathan Gardiner as the new head of technology and innovation.

New at H3 Group

Monday, 14 August 2023 19:25

H3 Group have welcomed the newest member of their business development team, Lucy Mayne).

Brunsdon to Taupo Motorsport Park

Monday, 14 August 2023 19:21

Casey Brunsdon is the new sales & functions manager at Taupo Motorsport Park. 

New at TableHub

Wednesday, 02 August 2023 06:36

Cherie Solly has joined TableHub as the new sales & marketing manager. 

Smythe to Sudima Hotels

Tuesday, 25 July 2023 08:20

Sudima Hotels have announced the appointment of Xanthe Smythe (pictured) to the position of Conference & Business Groups Sales Manager. 

Te Pae GM Appointed to AIPC Board

Tuesday, 25 July 2023 08:03

The business events sector in Ōtautahi Christchurch is set to receive an international boost, following the appointment of Te Pae Christchurch general manager Ross Steele (pictured) to the International Association of Convention Centres (AIPC) board. 

Tourism Appointment

Tuesday, 18 July 2023 03:40

Destination Queenstown chief executive Mat Woods has been appointed to the Board of Regional Tourism New Zealand (RTNZ).

New chief executive for Waitangi Ltd

Monday, 10 July 2023 23:19

The Waitangi National Trust has appointed Ben Dalton as chief executive of Waitangi Ltd from 1 September 2023.

KIngston to Millennium Hotels & Resorts

Monday, 12 June 2023 05:50

Jana Kingston (pictured)  has been appointed national business Development manager, C&I for Millennium Hotels & Resorts based in Melbourne, Australia.  

Keenan returns to Heritage Hotels

Monday, 12 June 2023 02:38

Heritage Hotels have announced the return of Marcus Keenan to the newly created role of Group General Manager - Asset Management, based in Auckland.

Hospitality NZ appoints Steve Armitage as Chief Executive

Tuesday, 06 June 2023 00:42

Hospitality NZ President Nick Keene has announced Steve Armitage as the organisation’s new chief executive, effective from the 14th of August.

New GM at Rydges Formosa Golf Resort

Monday, 29 May 2023 23:40

Building a ‘community hub’ for locals and offering a world-class experience to all who visit the 170-hectare Rydges Formosa Golf Resort are priorities for hotelier Clive Wardle in his new role as general manager.

Watkins returns to Accor Hotels

Monday, 29 May 2023 09:29

Lee Watkins has returned to Accor Hotels as the director of sales & marketing for Sofitel Auckland Viaduct Harbour & Sofitel Wellington. After 12 years, he returns to re-launch the Viaduct property while continuing to grow the success of Sofitel Wellington.

New National BDM for Millennium Hotels & Resorts

Monday, 22 May 2023 23:06

Leanne Hutchinson has been appointed National business development manager, C&I for Millennium Hotels & Resorts based in Auckland.  

Promotion at Jireh Hospitality Group

Monday, 22 May 2023 02:13

Ignacio Fernandez De la Vega  has been promoted as Corporate Sales Manager for all the properties under Jireh Hospitality Ltd.

New manager at Scenic Matavai

Tuesday, 16 May 2023 00:19

Aaron Smith  has been appointed hotel manager of Scenic Matavai Resort Niue.  He has been with Scenic Hotel Group for the past five and a half years, starting as a porter at Scenic Hotel Franz Josef Glacier on the West Coast.

Wendy Desiles joins TNZ Business Events Team

Monday, 15 May 2023 03:38

Tourism New Zealand has welcomed Wendy Desiles to the Business Events team as business development manager.

New sales manager at iFLY

Sunday, 14 May 2023 22:25

Sophie Koehler is the new sales manager at iFLY Indoor Skydiving Queenstown. In her new role, she is responsible for managing groups and venues enquiries for iFLY, as well as Travel Trade. 

Weston joins Tauhara North Tourism

Monday, 08 May 2023 10:20

Michele Weston has joined the Tauhara North Tourism team as conference and events sales for Te Pā Tū Rotorua and Rapids Jet Taupō.

Tourism Fiji welcomes Communications Executive

Monday, 08 May 2023 10:05

Tourism Fiji have announced the appointment of Ana Mckearney (pictured) as communications executive, New Zealand, in their Auckland office.

New at Explore Group

Monday, 08 May 2023 10:00

Samantha Francis (pictured) joins Explore Group in the new role of charter & events coordinator.