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.
Shashita Nand is the new director of sales at Shangri-La’s Fijian Resort and Spa on the Coral Coast.
Prior to joining the resort Nand was the director of sales and marketing at the Nanuku Auberge Resort Fiji and has an extensive international career in senior marketing roles in Australia, Fiji and Thailand.
Jabez Lobo is the new business development manager at Jet Park Hotel, and will be dealing specifically with conference and MICE enquiries.
Lobo grew up in India and ventured into the hospitality industry as a planned move to come to New Zealand to pursue his career.
Porters Boutique Hotel in Havelock North has welcomed two new faces to its team in 2017, Kylie Fernandes, general manager, and Carly Evans sales and conference coordinator.
Fernandes has been working in the industry for 20 years in four- and five-star hotels in both New Zealand and Australia.
In 2015 was the property manager of the Navigate Seaside Hotel.
Four Points by Sheraton Auckland is slated to open in March 2018, and has already appointed its new director of sales and marketing, Richard Dodds.
‘New Zealand has a current shortage of hotel beds and Four Points by Sheraton Auckland, with its signature comforts and authentic service, great location and views, will be a welcome addition to the Auckland CBD,’ says Dodds.
Berjaya Hotels & Resorts, has a new GM of MICE, Business Development and Marketing, Alphansa Kumarie.
With over 28 years experience, Kumarie has held roles in other Malaysian companies such as The Sunway Group, Meritus Hotels & Resorts and the UOA Hospitality Group.
‘I am thrilled to be working with Berjaya Hotels and Resorts and am looking forward to working with all of our business partners here in Malaysia and overseas to increase MICE business into our properties,’ she says.
Marija Gecan is the new general manager, sales, for Auckland Conventions Venues & Events.
Gecan will be responsible for sales team leadership, driving revenue as well as strategic client management and general management responsibilities with a primary focus on proactive and reactive sales.
Leon Thomson is executive assistant manager – sales and marketing for Marriott International’s Fiji Complex, including Sheraton Fiji Resort, Sheraton Denarau Villas, The Westin Denarau Island Resort & Spa and Sheraton Resort & Spa, Tokoriki Island.
Hamilton & Waikato Tourism have appointed Jody McGinity as business events coordinator. McGinity hails from a relationship management role at MBIE in tenancy services, and prior to that was a wedding and events coordinator at Ohaupo’s Windy Ridge Function Centre.
Lauren Newbery is the new marketing and events coordinator for Conventions and Incentives New Zealand (CINZ), based in Auckland.
Prior to accepting this new role, she was events coordinator at the New Zealand Planning Institute, organising professional development events and large conferences.
Sarah Croskery is the new director of sales and marketing for James Cook Hotel Grand Chancellor and Hotel Grand Chancellor Auckland City, replacing current DOSM Judy Chen, who finishes at the end of the month after 12 years with the Hotel Grand Chancellor Group.
Kelly Hird is the new Christchurch based event coordinator with Exhibition Hire Services & Displayworks.
This is Hird’s first foray into the events industry. She previously had a product manager role in the building industry.
Julia Manktelow is the new national brand and sales manager for Motion Entertainment.
Motion Entertainment is an entertainment mall with a conference centre and full entertainment offering all under one roof.
Manktelow has a four-year media career under her belt at Mediaworks New Zealand, and has run international music events eight years. She was formerly head of sales for Ninety Black.
The New Zealand market will gain real time access to United States destination management services as US DMC Insider Experience localises its account management team and opens a New Zealand office. Providing destination management services since 2012, Insider Experience delivers an extensive knowledge of key US cities they specialise in, being Hawaii, Las Vegas, San Francisco, Los Angeles and New York.
Elena Sharma is marketing manager for Sofitel New Zealand. She was previously marketing executive for Sofitel and marketing executive for United Travel before that. Sofitel’s growing portfolio in New Zealand includes Sofitel Auckland Viaduct Harbour, Sofitel Queenstown Hotel & Spa, Sofitel Wellington and soon SO Sofitel Auckland.