The Grand Auditorium function room at The Devon Hotel. Image: TDH
The Tourism Export Council of New Zealand has cancelled its 2020 annual conference, which was scheduled to be held over two days at New Plymouth in August.
However, the association has rebooked the same venue, The Devon Hotel, to hold the 2021 event late next year. The last time Taranaki hosted the conference was 1999.
“We are in an unfortunate position where we have to postpone the 2020 TECNZ conference,” said Lynda Keene, chief executive of TECNZ.
“It is disappointing to make this decision, but we look forward to showcasing the Taranaki region and reconnecting our members together to celebrate TECNZ’s 50thconference anniversary in 2021.”
Between 220 to 320 travel trade personnel and key product suppliers attend the annual event, which was last held at Rydges Latimer Christchurch in August last year.
Venture Taranaki said it would team up with local accommodation providers and regional industry operators to develop a conference programme that showcased the region for next year’s event.
“Venture Taranaki is very pleased to be able to support the TECNZ 50th anniversary conference in 2021,” said Venture Taranaki chief executive, Justine Gilliland.
“We look forward to the conference showcasing both the amazing destination Taranaki offers, and what ‘reimagined’, regenerative tourism looks like for New Zealand.”
Peter Tennent, managing director of The Devon Hotel, said tourism had taken a hit from the Covid-19 pandemic.
“What better time and place to get things back on track,” he said.
“We just need to focus on delivering the best and most productive conference TECNZ has ever had.”
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