Bed and breakfast hosts will get ‘Back in the Swing’ of business at their upcoming national conference with a programme packed with valuable information about operating in a post-pandemic market.
The two-day Vision Insurance B&B Conference’s fantastic speaker line-up features professionals from within the accommodation sector and inspiration from outside the sector.
The conference – the first since 2020 – is themed Back in the Swing and also includes workshops and plenty of networking with other B&B owners and support services. Delegates will also have an opportunity to enjoy tourism experiences available in Wellington.
The conference takes place at the Copthorne Oriental Bay, Wellington, June, 19 to 21, 2023.
It begins on June 19 with a Travel Trade Afternoon which will facilitate connections between B&B operators and inbound tour operators.
Participants will include bed and breakfasts, homestays, farm stays, luxury accommodation, self-catering properties as well as small commercial-sized bed and breakfasts.
On June 20 to 21, a series of top-level speakers will share insights on tourism trends and inspiration for B&B operators. Speakers include Tourism Minister Peeni Henare, Wellington Deputy Mayor Laurie Foon, Tourism New Zealand’s Bjoern Spreitzer, Tourism Export Council’s Lynda Keene, and Tourism Industry Aotearoa’s Rebecca Ingram.
Bed & Breakfast Association New Zealand president Donna Brooke said: “We know B&B operators like to hear from local businesses who are being innovative, so we will have presentations from Te Papa and a fascinating story from East by West Ferries.
“And our conference wouldn’t be complete without hearing from some of our own. There will be interesting presentations from some B&B operators who are doing more than accommodation.”
A series of interactive workshops will round out the formal conference programme, with digital marketing agency Tomahawk and the Tourism Export Council among those leading the workshops. A full complement of trade stands will also be available for delegates to visit.
A highlight of the conference will be the Vision Insurance Gala Awards Dinner where the annual B&B Business Excellence Awards will be presented.
“We put our awards programme on hold in 2022 so there is much excitement at this renewed opportunity to celebrate the best businesses in our sector,” Ms Brooke said.
Mandy has over 17 years of accommodation and tourism industry writing experience and is Editor of AccomNews & Resort News, Publisher of SchoolNews & Director of Multimedia Pty Ltd. She is a retired registered nurse with a 25-year NHS career that followed a few unforgettable years in hotel housekeeping.