Australia/NZ Supplement March/April 2022 - Page 34

Christchurch , NZ

Te Pae CCC ’ s communications manager Emma Hartley tells CMW the panemdic threw up serious challenges , as elsewhere , with interruptions to construction . She says the team put the delay to good use , however , and used the time to refine systems and processes , and commenced training so that when they did open in December last year they were ready to hit the ground running .
“ We came into 2022 with a real sense of optimism and we had a solid roster of bookings across the year . The recent Omicron developments have thrown up challenges , but we have some great events planned and a solid outlook ."
Managing the changing health landscape and keeping clients , staff and guests safe is the key challenge , she says , as well as working to mitigate the associated impacts of border closures and restrictions . “ Industry confidence is key , so once borders are open business will be very solid and we expect strong levels of people wanting to meet ,” Hartley adds .
The state-of-the art venue features the latest technology which means Te Pae CCC can offer a range of hybrid and virtual packages .
The venue is also part of the ASM Global family , which has helped the team draw on the knowledge of sister venues around the world . This includes implementing ASM Global VenueShield , a hygiene and sanitisation protocol .
As borders open up , Hartley says the business development and marketing presence and efforts will ramp up in international markets .
“ We are now consolidating our opening and working towards business as usual . This includes a significant focus on achieving both ISO 22000 and ISO 9001 and growing our sustainability initiatives following our Toitu gold environmental accreditation last year ,” Hartley adds .
She notes that nearly two-thirds ( 64 %) of Australian event organisers are considering hosting a business event in New Zealand in the next four years according to the team ’ s research , which shows that demand is strong . “ We believe the safety , variety of activities , and excellent events infrastructure in New Zealand has put us firmly on the radar of event planners as borders reopen ,” she says .
“ Tourism New Zealand ’ s dedicated Business Events team offers flexible , and business-specific funding and support to help event organisers to bring their event to our shores and we can ’ t wait to welcome international visitors again ,” Hartley adds .
Tourism New Zealand
On a national scale , Tourism New Zealand continues to bid for and win significant international events to keep our future pipeline of business strong . Upcoming wins include :
• The 2022 Conference on Robot Learning ( CoRL ) in Auckland
• The 8th IWG World Conference on Women & Sport in Auckland in 2022
• The International Conference of Women Engineers and Scientists ( ICWES ) in Auckland in 2023
• The International Association of Women in Police ( IAWP ) Annual Conference in Auckland in 2023
• The International Coral Reef Society ’ s Symposium in Auckland in 2025
• The 27th International Congress of History of Science and Technology in Dunedin 2025
• The International Sedimentological Congress ( ISC ) in Wellington in 2026 .
Other new incentive infrastructure in the country includes the new Weta Workshop Unleashed and All Blacks Experience in Auckland ; Gibbston Valley Lodge & Spa in a historic vineyard and winery near Queenstown , and the Riverside Kitchen Cooking School in Christchurch .
NZ Aoraki Mt Cook
New accommodation options include a five-star Park Hyatt in Auckland and two new Naumi properties in Queenstown .