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Growing value on Hotel Industry Conference agenda

Growing value on Hotel Industry Conference agenda

Delegates at the 2014 New Zealand Hotel Industry Conference will find out how the tourism industry’s new Tourism 2025 growth framework can help grow their business and how they can play their part.

“Many of the key themes of Tourism 2025 – Growing Value Together/Whakatipu Uara Ngatahi will be woven throughout this must-attend conference programme, such as the importance of supporting air connectivity with established and emerging visitor markets, attracting business events, and developing and using really good insight,” says Sally Attfield, TIA Hotel Sector Manager.

TIA and Howarth HTL Ltd are co-hosting the eighth annual New Zealand Hotel Industry Conference, Thursday 5 June at Pullman Auckland, which is managed by Accor, the Platinum Sponsor of the conference. Around 300 senior decision makers, including hotel owners, developers, operators, investors and consultants are expected to attend.

Early bird registrations close on 5 May and the conference programme is available at www.nzhotelconference.com. Delegates who register before 5 May will go in the draw to win a 40 inch HD Smart Samsung TV.

All conference delegates will also gain a complimentary invitation to the Technical Seminar being held the afternoon of 4 June, the day before the conference. This year’s session will focus on legal and commercial issues surrounding the development of new hotels and serviced apartments and hotel conversions.

The conference programme is shaping up to be a fast paced day of updates and discussion about key issues influencing the future of the hotel and tourism industry, says Horwath HTL Ltd Director Terry Ngan.

Keynote speakers include:
• Mark Lankester, Chief Executive of Tune Hotels, the fastest growing budget hotel chain in the world and a wholly owned subsidiary of Air Asia. Tune Hotels started with one hotel in 2007, currently operates 44 hotels in eight countries and is aiming for 100 hotels globally by 2015.
• Westpac Chief Economist Dominick Stevens, speaking about the economic outlook for New Zealand’s main international visitor markets and economic growth as a key driver of visitor arrivals.

The conference will end with a banquet dinner where the three annual hotel awards celebrating excellence in the hotel industry will be presented. The awards recognise the Senior Hotel Executive of the Year, Outstanding Young Hotel Executive and Environmental Initiative.

TIA Hotel Sector
TIA’s hotel sector represents the interests of over 130 members throughout New Zealand, including international chain, large independent and privately owned hotels. TIA hotel sector members employ 11,000 staff nationally, with annual revenues of more than $866 million.

Tourism 2025
TIA worked with both the private sector and public sector to develop Tourism 2025, a growth framework that aims to unite the large and diverse tourism industry to achieve strong economic growth. Its aspirational goal is $41 billion in annual earnings in 2025. For more information go to www.tourism2025.org.nz.

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