The role encompasses advocacy for the New Zealand business events industry and supporting the collective regional convention bureaux to implement beneficial initiatives.
A passionate advocate for Dunedin and champion for sustainable events practices, Ms Carvell’s appointment comes at a difficult time for the business events industry, given the impact of COVID-19 on international conventions and incentive travel and a slower domestic market, but she is optimistic about the future.
“Regional convention bureaux will play an important role in the recovery of the national business events industry, which as noted by Tourism New Zealand recently provide significant economic benefit to host regions,” Carvell says.
“But we’re also considering what the future of business events might look like, with a move to more digital capability and live-streamed programmes becoming increasingly the norm. In Dunedin, this thought process has led us to reprioritise and look at our positioning in the market in order to compile a robust strategic recovery plan.”
Carvell succeeds outgoing Chair Amanda Graham, business events manager with Hamilton & Waikato Tourism, who achieved a number of accomplishments for the Bureaux during her tenure, including the launch of the Business Events Research Programme. Graham will take on the role of Vice-Chair to assist with the transition process. “Nicole will be an exceptional leader of the Bureaux going forward, and I will be on hand to offer any support if required.” says Graham.