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Mice Net : December 2008
new zealand safe,close and affordable New ZealaNd is expected to buck the trend of the global recession by ramping up its long-term association with australia. global recession biting many businesses it will be Australian groups that help keep the growing New Zealand business events community afloat through what some are predicting will be a tough 2009. Conventions & Incentives New Zealand, the organisation responsible for assisting in the marketing and promotion of New Zealand’s business events offering, recently upped the ante in that regard, appointing a new Australian-based business development manager to work alongside Sharon Auld. This is good news for the country as a whole, with Sharon and now Heidi Heming both espousing the benefits of an NZ-based meeting to corporate Australia. Ms Heming has an extensive travel and tourism background including holding previous roles with Tourism New Zealand, Carlson Wagonlit Travel and CDL Hospitality Management Services. The upcoming AIME exhibition in Melbourne (February 17-18, 2009), will see the largest contingent of New Zealand companies participating, reflecting where operators see potential growth coming from. F 84 mice.net or many years now Australia has been New Zealand’s key market when it comes to the convention and incentive travel market. And thank goodness, because with the Affordability plus Despite the Australian dollar falling New Zealand is still value for money when it comes to meetings and incentives. Getting there is often as cheap as a standard domestic Australian airfare, on a variety of carriers, including Air New Zealand, Qantas, PacificBlue and Emirates. Access is also becoming better. Direct flights are now available to Auckland, Christchurch, and Queenstown (during winter direct flights increase). Rotorua is hopeful that with extensions to their runway direct international flights will soon also be a reality, and may even begin in June 2009. Destination Rotorua Tourism Marketing (DRTM) general manager Don Gunn says regular direct air services from Australia will open up lucrative markets for Rotorua. “We’ll now be able to sell Rotorua’s vast range of accommodation and attractions and join forces with neighbouring regions to expand the visitor experience, using Rotorua as the hub,” he says. According to Mr Gunn, once direct flight services are in place Rotorua’s profile in Australia will treble, giving DRTM the potential to attract new visitors to the region. ABOVE: Corporate function, The Blue Baths, Rotorua. Photo courtesy of Destination Rotorua Tourism Marketing.