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Mice Net : December 2008
auckland auckland – from mild to wild For aNy destiNatioN educational to be successful it must have the full support of local operators. and auckland certainly had it in spades, as Brad Foster discovered recently. t’s been a long time between drinks since Tourism Auckland ran an international famil for the business events industry – three years in fact – which is probably why many local operators got behind their most recent event, attended by close to a dozen Australian meeting and event planners. Delegates were wined and dined to within an inch of their lives over the three day program, seeing a side of Auckland that even the locals would be hard-pressed to experience without the help of the Tourism Auckland business tourism team. Now all the bureau and operators have to hope for is that it will convert into some tangible business. On the following pages is an abridged version of what delegates saw, did, tasted, drank and experienced. I Day 1 First-timers to Auckland quickly recognise that the North Island capital has been dubbed the “city of sails” for good reason. Much like Sydney, Auckland city skirts a stunning harbour full to the brim with boats of all shapes and sizes. It was fitting then that our group of intrepid business event planners headed to the harbour for our first meal of the day. A short taxi ride from our designated hotels took us to the Viaduct and Cruise New Zealand’s Ultimate Escape luxury motorboat that was moored beside some of the biggest craft found anywhere in New Zealand. Indeed, newcomers could have been forgiven for believing there was a boat show on, such was the number and variety of craft. mice.net 89 mice.net 89