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Tourism operators meet to revive and revitalise the industry

TRENZ Hui 2021: New Zealand tourism operators to navigate sector's biggest issues

Beginning today, TRENZ Hui 2021, Ōtautahi Christchurch gathers New Zealand tourism operators together, to collaborate on the most important industry challenges.

‘Revive, reconnect and revitalise’ are the themes that will dominate the two-day event, which is the first time TRENZ has been held in this format.

To set the scene today (day one, 5 May), TIA Chief Executive Chris Roberts, Tourism New Zealand Chief Executive René de Monchy and TIA Chair Gráinne Troute will cover the ‘here and now’ and the key issues the industry will likely need to navigate in the next 18 months.

Christchurch Mayor Lianne Dalziel and Christchurch NZ General Manager of Destination and Attraction Loren Heaphy will lead a session showing how their city’s progress over the last 10 years has much to teach us about revitalisation.

A series of high energy Design Thinking workshops will then help businesses find solutions to the key challenges and opportunities they face as we prepare for the return of international visitors.

Ms Heaphy said: “Christchurch NZ is thrilled to be the host city partner for TRENZ Hui 2021, an unmissable event for the New Zealand tourism industry. Tourism operators can expect to hear from and work with some of the best minds in the sector, focusing on how we can succeed when we reopen Aotearoa New Zealand to the world.”

Following an end of day networking function at the Christchurch Town Hall, delegates will be encouraged to support Christchurch’s hospitality sector by dining at one of the city’s many excellent restaurants.

On day two (6 May), delegates will get a report back from the previous day’s workshops, and receive an international perspective from four panellists who are being brought across from Australia for the event:

  • Kathryn Robertson – Regional General Manager Australia, Air New Zealand
  • Carolyn Childs – Strategist and researcher
  • Livio Goetz – Director Australia & New Zealand, Switzerland Tourism
  • Peter Harding – Managing Director, Grand Pacific Tours

Attendees will hear a major address on the Government’s priorities for tourism from Tourism Minister Stuart Nash, who will be speaking around the themes of ‘support, recovery and reset’.

An overview of the brand new TRENZ Connect platform will show the industry what to expect from the online solution planned to revitalise international tourism trade.

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