The Hawke’s Bay Tourism Industry Conference 2017

24 August 2017, Napier Conference Centre

“Hawke’s Bay in 2030 – how do we get there and what will our visitors want?”

This is a day for you in the industry and anyone interested in tourism to come along and listen to some seriously good speakers. The Hawke’s Bay Tourism Awards will be held that night – a night where we celebrate the best in the tourism industry and have a good old fashioned knees up at the newly renovated Napier Conference Centre.

The Hawke’s Bay Tourism Conference (8.30- 5.30pm)

The Conference will be moderated by Liz Read, owner of company Reputation Matters.

The Hawke’s Bay Tourism Conference has a stellar line-up of speakers from the new CEO of Tourism New Zealand Stephen England-Hall, to General Manager of WETA Workshop David Wilks. We have two panel sessions, our first “Big Data & Technology – how should we use it and what does it all mean?” with speakers David Simmons from Tourism Holdings Limited, Craig Simpson BlueridgeHQ and Stephen Hamilton from Crowe Horwath.

Our second panel session “What does the visitor want? Creating authentic and Inspiring Experiences for our visitors”. Our speakers for this session include Oscar Nathan General Manager Sector Strategy & Insights Destination Rotorua, James Fitzgerald Founder and Owner of Canopy Tours in Rotorua, Andrew Baker Cultural Development Manager and Henare Johnson Manager of Maori Projects at Air New Zealand.

There will be presentations from Hawke’s Bay Tourism highlighting our new digital approach as well as a presentation about the proposed development of the National Aquarium of New Zealand.

Hawke’s Bay Tourism will also be giving a taste of the new

This is a fantastic chance to network with fellow industry members, learn and share ideas and be part of developing a vision for tourism in Hawke’s Bay for the future.

The Hawke’s Bay Tourism Industry Association AGM will be held at 1.00pm during the lunch break.