After a pandemic-enforced hiatus, Maximum Occupancy relaunches in New Zealand next week with around 400 delegates expected.
The hotel and accommodation industry conference is being held at Auckland’s Aotea Centre on 26-27 July with more than 50 industry experts and speakers taking part.
This time, there appears little chance of the pandemic intervening again.
“Last year’s event was cancelled a mere 14 hours before it was due to start,” said Adrian Caruso, managing director and founder of Australian-based Fastrack Digital, organiser of the event.
“It was a very stressful time, demotivating for the industry but also for the team having put nine months’ worth of work in just to see it go disappear due to Covid.
“So, our motivation to hold this one is even stronger, just to be the first major accommodation industry conference since Covid started and that’s why there’s a lot of hype around the event.”
This year’s event will run alongside the Hospitality New Zealand Conference 2022, which is being held at the same time at the nearby Grand Millenium Auckland.
“We’ve partnered with Hospitality New Zealand to run our events side-by-side and encourage as much of the industry to come to Auckland to listen and attend both of them. People can go between one or the other.”
This year’s speakers include Google’s head of travel, Michelle Allen, Accor APAC chief commercial officer Renae Trimble, BWH Hotel Group Australasia managing director Graham Perry, and Tourism Industry Aotearoa’s Rebecca Ingram.
“Industry has changed and it will never be the same ever again but where there’s change there’s opportunity – opportunity that maybe we never saw pre-Covid we were so stuck in our ways serving the same markets all the time,” said Caruso.
“Maximum Occupancy is a great chance to reconnect with colleagues, network, learn from some top speakers, and come out with new strategies and ideas to boost your business for the next year and beyond.”
Fastrack Digital has made available to Tourism Ticker readers 10 free tickets to attend next week’s Maximum Occupancy conference at Auckland’s Aotea Centre on 26-27 July. Contact firstname.lastname@example.org to take up the offer.
21 Sep 2022 BEIA to ‘ignite the future’ at annual conference
25 Aug 2022 Wellington secures new conference
16 Aug 2022 BEIA to ‘Ignite the Future’ in Hawke’s Bay
16 Aug 2022 Both Brains backs BYATA