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Friday , March 31 2017

Industry

The art of collaboration in business

Collaboration

Collaboration is at the core of our work in the business events industry. Our sector is based on building great relationships. Conferences and meetings are the catalysts for people to gather, share ideas and work together. In New Zealand, we work together to create a big story for our small country, and take it globally. Convention and Incentives New Zealand …

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To be or not to be, a star-rated B&B?

bed and breakfast

To be or not to be…self rated? For an overview from the perspective of a B&B operator, Bed & Breakfast Association’s president Kathryn Officer dedicated her column to it…and here it is! Last week, we shared our article about the comparative benefits of a Qualmark rating versus self-rating or relying or consumer rating.  We heard from industry bodies and accommodation providers. …

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Inbound travel company registration now open

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Registrations are now open for the RTONZ-inbound trade event, to be held at Heritage Hotel Auckland on April 4 and 5, 2017. With 27 Regional Tourism Organisations signed up for this event, inbound tour company managers and staff are invited to register to attend one of the two days available. Please choose the most convenient day to attend.  Either Tuesday April 4 or …

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Queenstown Park Boutique Hotel makes luxury top 10 list

Queenstown Park Boutique Hotel

For the first time, Queenstown Park Boutique Hotel (QPBH) has been chosen as one of New Zealand’s Best Hotels by readers of DestinAsia – an award winning travel and lifestyle magazine. The boutique hotel, situated in the heart of Queenstown, is positioned as number six on a listing of New Zealand’s Top 10 properties.   The listing is the result of the annual …

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Crowne Plaza Queenstown gets fresh look for rooms, public areas

A smart new look and feel for award-winning threesixty restaurant

Award-winning hotel Crowne Plaza Queenstown has a fresh new look for guests to enjoy following upgrades to public areas, rooms and conference spaces. New furniture in the lobby, threesixty restaurant and The Atrium will add a modern twist to interiors. The majority of the hotel’s rooms have large balconies, so new balcony furniture ensures an extra level of comfort for …

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How you can use your hotel restaurant to increase bookings?

A study by Leonardo looked at what images travel shoppers viewed the most. Obviously, the number one result was guest rooms but the second most viewed was restaurant photos. This indicates that travel boils down to two primary needs; people want a nice place to sleep and they want a nice place to eat. Most of the time the hotel restaurant is …

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Will the internet kill the hotel star?

star ratings

Star-rated? Consumer rated? Or even self-rated? What is the state of affairs with accommodation rating in New Zealand tourism in 2017 and where are we headed? There has been recent discussion in Australia around self-rated properties versus star ratings, which are obtained through a process of industry accreditation assessment.  Perhaps unsurprisingly, recent research pointed to continued consumer confidence in a …

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LED lighting in hotels for efficiency, mood and comfort

hotel reception LED lighting

Designing a lighting fit-out or upgrade for a hotel can be an epic adventure, but it’s an adventure that requires some knowledge and planning. Even rose-coloured glasses will not look favourably upon a stark glare from overhead lights, or lights so dim that your guests are squinting to see their travelling companions. Lighting matters, and it requires a degree of …

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New Zealand culture, connection and new infrastructure on show

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New Zealand’s latest infrastructure and its special cultural approach to business events will be on show to the international industry in Melbourne this month. Conventions and Incentives New Zealand (CINZ) is exhibiting on a new, larger stand with Tourism New Zealand and 14 partners at the 25th Asia-Pacific Incentives and Meetings Expo (AIME) on February 21 and 22.  They will be …

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Every cloud has a silver lining…

Cloud Computing - Virtual Machine Motion

The ‘cloud’ is a household term for the majority of New Zealanders in 2017 but does everyone actually know how it works? The reality, as with so many other things, is probably that we know just about enough to see the benefits and not quite enough to prevent catastrophe. The ‘cloud’ essentially refers to a wireless storage system where an external, …

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