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Napier Conferences & Events’ Shanelle Hamilton and Greer Johnson; Tania Adolphe and Sarah Hillman, Tourism Marketing Solutions; Felicity Kibble, Napier City Council; Hayden Henderson, Napier Conferences & Events Our recent visit to Napier to work with the team at Napier Conferences & Events reinforced our passion for regional New Zealand. It's not only the stunning landscapes, serene atmosphere, and world-class facilities that our regions offer conferences and other business events. Our regions offer heartfelt hospitality, a collaborative culture and value for money not found in the large cities. Free from the hustle and bustle of the crowds, walkable destinations mean lower transport costs and greater efficiency to maximise time in the conference room and time enjoying events and activities in picturesque locations. New Zealand's original tourism destination, Rotorua is host to MEETINGS 2024 on 19-20 June, and will exemplify the opportunities that our regions bring for business events. Looking after visitors is part of Rotorua's DNA and the team at RotoruaNZ will be pulling out the stops to showcase one of our country's premier tourism destinations. It's not too late to pre-register HERE or simply turn up at Rotorua's Energy Events Centre on the day. If you would like to learn more about our wonderful regions and need advice on where to hold your future business events, please read on, or contact the team here at Tourism Marketing Solutions. Warm regards, Tania Adolphe and Sarah Hillman phone 021 33 44 80 email Bay of Plenty developments create more exciting options for business events Tauranga has new business events venues such as the rustic Cargo Shed, left, and specialised conference venue, St Amands Exciting growth continues in the Bay of Plenty Region, marked by ongoing construction in the Tauranga City Centre. Te Manawataki o Te Papa, the vibrant heart of Te Papa, is taking shape, and is set to include a civic whare, museum and exhibition gallery. In the years ahead, conference attendees will benefit from these enhancements, along with the recent opening of new venues such as the rustic Cargo Shed, in the CBD and right on the waterfront, offering sea-view conference settings. Additionally, St Amands has debuted as a specialised conference venue, promising unique degustation experiences and themed expertise. Plus, the reopening of the revamped Tauranga Club and Art Gallery will provide additional and bespoke off-site conference options. With a growing number of venue choices, Tourism Bay of Plenty is keen to show you around and also indulge in some memorable experiences. Please contact Angela Werder, who will happily arrange a bespoke famil to showcase the opportunities for doing Business by the Beach. Reach out via email: If you are attending MEETINGS, we look forward to connecting with you at the Tourism Bay of Plenty stand, where we’ll be joined by our stand partners from Mercury Baypark, Tauranga City Council Venues, Trinity Wharf Hotel. Be sure to indulge in some delicious regional treats while you are there with activations including Tio Ōhiwa Oysters, Leverette Champagne, Deon Muir’s cookout, Matahui Gin and Bayvenues delicious pastries. Introducing the Central Otago Business Events team Team Central Otago Business Events – Jenny Worth, Andrea Lauder and group manager Dylan Rushbrook The team at Central Otago Business Events offer an expert, professional, no cost advisory service that draws on their many years of business and community connections made throughout Central Otago across the tourism and wine sectors. They listen, evaluate, and identify the ideal partners to amplify your business event. They will explain the diversity that exists within Central Otago, outlining the range of unique venues from award winning wineries to a world class motorsport park, experiences and the accommodation offerings. Whether planning an executive retreat, meeting, incentive or delegate reward programme or a small to mid-sized conference of up to 120 people, be assured that when you book your business event into Central Otago, the team will have you connected with collaborative partners who will guide you in designing a tailor-made schedule incorporating experiences of the highest quality. Feedback received from a recent conference held in Cromwell confirms that Central Otago certainly met their event requirements. “The destination offered a chance to unwind with breathtaking mountain view surroundings, a host of cellar doors, local produce and many activities for pre and post stays.” Their reasons for choosing Central Otago? • Was within 2 hours drive of a major airport • Offered a conference venue to host up to 100+ delegates • Had ample accommodation within 10kms of the main venue • Offered alternative venues for social functions • Was committed to giving back to its community and the trail sector • Was able to showcase unique field trip experiences within an hour of the main venue. Their best piece of advice “Build a connection with your host destination and learn who are the local contacts and get to know them. They are your best source of information when planning unique and inspiring events." Central Otago's proposition for business events featured in Meeting Newz magazine this month, read the article HERE. Andrea and Jenny from Central Otago Business Events will be attending the Business Events Expo in Auckland on 19 November 2024. Be sure to mark this in your diary, or contact them now at Team work makes Napier events dream work Welcome drinks for the iSite NZ Conference were held at the National Aquarium of New Zealand The Napier Conferences & Events team works with other top local venues and supports organisers to create memorable events that showcase Napier’s vibe. The team is a great first point of contact for advice about options to meet individual needs and conference themes while based in New Zealand’s Art Deco capital. A key part of their success is how they match those needs and themes to what other Napier City Council facilities can offer, whether it be welcome drinks, or delegate activities. The team is based at the Napier War Memorial Centre on Marine Parade, within walking distance of many of these other facilities. An upcoming conference being held there encourages families to attend with a range of activities offered to delegates, such as a visit to the National Aquarium of New Zealand. Conference activities include dinner on the stage at Art Deco icon the Napier Municipal Theatre. Large numbers can also be catered for. This was demonstrated by the New Zealand Planning Institute combining plenary at the theatre, breakout spaces at Napier War Memorial Centre, and MTG, Hawke’s Bay’s museum. As another example, the venue hosted the iSite New Zealand conference, while the welcome drinks took place at the National Aquarium. Other Council facilities the Conferences & Events team work closely with include McLean Park, Par2 MiniGolf, Ocean Spa and Faraday Museum of Technology. The team can also call on their colleagues at the Napier iSite any time, to help support and guide event organisers through the process of finding the best accommodation to suit their needs. Contact the team by visiting Get ready to up your game. Pullman Auckland introduces MEET & PLAY Pullman has introduced its Meet & Play concept

Get ready to up your game. Pullman introduces Meet & Play

Pullman has introduced its Meet & Play concept which encourages delegates to have fun while conferencing. Creative catering becomes a talking point, like the Pullman train, and supersized childhood favourites like games Jenga and Connect Four allow delegates to connect during tea breaks and take the time to play and laugh. Beyond boardrooms and bullet points, the hotel… Read More »Get ready to up your game. Pullman introduces Meet & Play