Chance for Tourism Waitaki to showcase district

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While it’s still early days, planning in Waitaki is already under way for the international tourism event, TRENZ 2015, which is being held in May next year in Rotorua.

Applications for New Zealand tourism operators to attend TRENZ 2015 opened yesterday at www.trenz.co.nz and close on November 14.

Ian Elliott, marketing manager Tourism Waitaki, said TW will have representatives attending to promote the district and its attractions and they would be delighted if other tourism operators came on board also.

More than 1000 delegates are expected to attend the four-day event, which is being held at the Rotorua Energy Events Centre, May 17-20. For the first time, TRENZ is being hosted by eXplore Central North Island, a collective representing eight regions including Coromandel, Bay of Plenty, Eastland, Hawke’s Bay, Ruapehu, Lake Taupo, Rotorua Hamilton and Waikato.

Chris Roberts, chief executive of the Tourism Industry Association New Zealand, said TRENZ is an opportunity for the country’s top tourism businesses to meet face to face with international travel and tourism buyers from around the world, some of the most influential people in terms of generating visitors to New Zealand.

“We are looking forward to welcoming international buyers and media to TRENZ 2015 and think the involvement of eight central North Island regions will give next year’s event a real edge.”

eXplore Central North Island chairman Rhys Arrowsmith said the collective is delighted to host TRENZ 2015.

“We see this as a prime opportunity to truly showcase our regions by hosting some of the global influencers of New Zealand’s tourism industry. We are excited about the familiarisation opportunities around this event, with the pre and post touring programme as well as the activity afternoon where I know the Central North Island region will really shine,” Mr Arrowsmith said.

“We have been working hard with TIA to ensure the TRENZ programme will truly wow the participants and create a wonderful environment to get down to some serious business.”

Tourism New Zealand chief executive, Kevin Bowler, says the traditional western markets provide a great opportunity in the coming year.

“While our focus on the emerging and Asian markets continues, The Hobbit films and our work to maximise New Zealand’s connection as Middle Earth has had proven success in the western markets and we’ll be working to build on this.

“That said, overall the visitor landscape is in a really good place and with expectations for a great summer ahead, we’ll be looking forward to welcoming buyers from across our markets to TRENZ next year.”

PHOTO: FILE – Tourism Waitaki marketing manager Ian Elliott.