“This is a great result and the second consecutive year we have reached maximum registrations for the conference, the New Zealand hotel sector’s premier event,” says Sally Attfield, Hotel Sector Manager, Tourism Industry Aotearoa which co-hosts the conference with Horwath HTL.
“We have a very strong conference programme which focuses on how to capitalise on the sector’s growth momentum and exceed guest expectations.”
Ms Attfield says the conference will discuss and debate the big issues that can stimulate or stymie New Zealand hotel sector growth, including understanding and engaging with the ever-changing customer, and people and skills.
Keynote international speakers include Australia’s Mark McCrindle, one of the most expert demographers, futurists and social commentators on the world stage today, and IHG’s Karin Sheppard who oversees the performance of around 70 hotels in Australia, New Zealand, Papua New Guinea and Japan.
Stephen Hamilton, Director, Horwath HTL, says there will also be a big focus on hotel investment and infrastructure, with expert comment from hotel owners, investors and developers.
“Record visitor arrivals to New Zealand means the issues and opportunities around investment in new hotel infrastructure have become a hot topic of conversation, highlighted by a Government report released last week which looks at potential for hotel investment across five regions.”
“These speakers will address a range of topics, including the right time to invest, how to avoid boom and bust and the importance of getting the community on board.”
The day will end on a high note, with a motivational speech by Sir Graham Henry, the man who coached the All Blacks to World Cup glory and who knows better than most how to create a winning team culture.
A gala dinner will be held in the evening with the presentation of the 2016 New Zealand Hotel Industry Awards.
The co-hosts acknowledged the tremendous support of the Conference Platinum Sponsor, AccorHotels.
Find out more on the Conference website www.nzhotelconference.com