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Franchise announced at Crowne Plaza Queenstown Conference

New franchise announced at Crowne Plaza Queenstown Conference

Crowne Plaza Queenstown was an “obvious first choice” for Australian-based renovations and extensions specialists Smith & Sons as a venue for their 60-strong 2010 Annual Team Conference (October 21-24).

Following outstanding service and hospitality from the centrally located Queenstown Hotel concluding with a “real groovy” 70s themed party, the company announced it will open its 17th New Zealand branch in town next year.

As part of Crowne Plaza Queenstown’s Meetings Success programme, its specialised conventions team laid on a full three-day programme of activities for Smith & Sons, including business sessions in its spacious conference room, a Gala Awards Night above Queenstown at the Skyline Gondola & Restaurant, and a trip on the historical TSS Earnslaw.

Local builder Richard Robinson will head the new Smith & Sons Queenstown franchise and said the stress free conference delivery at Crowne Plaza Queenstown made for a great meeting combining fun and business.

“Smith & Sons is a rapidly expanding company across the globe which has seen great potential in Queenstown. As a growing and developing company Smith & Sons relies on the friendship and experience of existing companies in towns, such as Crowne Plaza Queenstown, to help build first impressions and gain a confidence in the area’s economy and business sector,” he said.

Crowne Meetings Director Amy Bohling said the conference and incentive marketing sector was generally booming in Queenstown and that she was always “delighted” to see clients bring new, exciting business ventures to the adventure capital.

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“We pride ourselves on being ‘the place to meet’ in Queenstown. Our specialist team works hard to ensure our client’s time is memorable and productive. Our Meetings Success programme that guarantees a consistent set of meeting standards at any Crowne Plaza hotel and offers dedicated meetings planners as a single point of contact,” she said.

“Smith & Sons had a specification similar to many that required two days dedicated to conferencing with a strong focus on fun team bonding activities,” she said.

Smith & Sons is a renovations and extensions specialist company which has 18 franchises operating across Australia and 17 (including Queenstown) in New Zealand. Smith and Sons began in 2008, originating from the huge demand to G.J Gardner received with regards to carrying out renovations. In an industry that lacked professionalism and complete customer service, the directors of G.J. Gardner Homes saw the opportunity to create a renovation and extension company that could deliver those qualities and more to home and commercial renovators.

Prospective conferencing clients to Crowne Plaza Queenstown can begin by visiting or simply by enlisting the support of a personal Crowne Meetings Director with Meetings Success, a service that promises to deliver a two-hour response guarantee and a 24-hour quote turnabout.


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