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November 3, 2020
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Trio of new Perth hotels, despite COVID
Take your thinking somewhere new
NT treats event planners to virtual workshops
Te Pae Christchurch unveils first menu
NZ business events industry welcomes appointment of tourism minister


Trio of new Perth hotels, despite COVID
 
By Graeme Kemlo
 
At least three new hotels have opened in Perth during the coronavirus period, a testament to the faith of brand owners, including the new Samphire on Rottnest Island owned and operated by the local Prendiville Group.
 
Also just open is DoubleTree by Hilton Perth Waterfront and Vibe Subiaco.
 
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Take your thinking somewhere new
 
By Brad Foster
 
As Australia and the world emerge from COVID-19, the time has come for meeting and event planners to start thinking strategically about their future programs, and New Zealand, with a myriad of new experiences, should be at the top of their wishlist.
 
From a new film effects experience in Auckland which allows organisers to direct functions in the glow of a miniature castle; to recently-unveiled luxury villas by a winery in Queenstown, we've covered everything event planners should be excited about across the ditch.
 
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NT treats event planners to virtual workshops
 
Last month Northern Territory Business Events (NTBE) collaborated with Influential Women in Events & Marketing (IWEM) to deliver two workshop experiences for event planners. The workshops presented an opportunity for IWEM members, of which there are more than 400 around Australia, to virtually travel to the Northern Territory and enjoy two iconic experiences.
 
These were a virtual Dot-Painting Workshop held in conjunction with Uluru-based not-for-profit Maruku Arts, and a relaxing, 20-minute Virtual Yoga session staged by Voyages Indigenous Tourism at Uluru.
 
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Te Pae Christchurch unveils first menu
 
Te Pae Christchurch Convention Centre has released its inaugural menus, featuring a focus on local produce and suppliers.
 
Te Pae Christchurch’s culinary team, led by executive chef Desmond Davies, has spent months working with local suppliers to design a menu that is a true taste of New Zealand, from kawakawa-rubbed Te Mana lamb rump from New Zealand’s high country, to oven-roasted Akaroa king salmon, sustainably raised just 90 minutes from the convention centre.
 
Significant time has also been spent sourcing and working with small artisan suppliers, such as award-winning cheese, cured meat and olive oil producers, to provide them opportunities to showcase their products on a world stage.
 
As a result, more than 60 per cent of Te Pae Christchurch’s food and beverage needs are sourced within a four hour drive of the centre, reducing food miles and ensuring a menu that is highly flexible, with options to cater for all dietary requirements and event needs.
NZ business events industry welcomes appointment of tourism minister
 
Conventions and Incentives New Zealand (CINZ) has welcomed the appointment of Hon. Stuart Nash as the new Minister of Tourism.
 
CINZ chief executive Lisa Hopkins said the business events industry is looking forward to working with minister Nash and having direct dialogue on the role this sector will have in supporting New Zealand’s economic recovery.
 
“Business events are a significant part of tourism and we were the first to feel the impact of the global pandemic with the cancellation of large gatherings and border controls,” she said.
 
“The appointment of a senior minister signifies the relevance and importance of the broader tourism sector to New Zealand’s recovery.
 
“Additionally, Minister Nash takes on the portfolios of Economic and Regional Development and Small Business, which will support the multitude of small businesses who are at the very heart of the sector.”
 
Minister Nash will be invited to meet the industry at BE Reconnected on December 1 in Auckland, a sector specific event that will directly engage both the industry and customers to drive business opportunities in 2021.
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