Online Tourism Events Look To The Future

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For the first time ever Aotearoa New Zealand’s tourism
industry is gathering online for its major annual Summit and
Awards celebration.

More than 400 tourism operators
and stakeholders from around the country will attend Tourism
Summit Aotearoa online on Monday 29 November, after the
physical event was moved into the virtual world due to the
pandemic. The day will culminate with the long-awaited
announcement of the New Zealand Tourism Awards 2021
winners.

The theme for Tourism Summit Aotearoa 2021 is
Kōkiri – Go Forth, and the programme is focused on
innovation, inspiration and transformation, Tourism Industry
Aotearoa Chief Executive Chris Roberts says.

“We
know the tourism industry was disappointed that we
couldn’t gather in person at the end of the toughest year
our industry has ever experienced. But it’s still
important to maintain our personal connections and support
each other, so we have come up with some innovative and fun
ways to interact during the day. There will be a few
surprises, some big announcements and fantastic speakers,”
Mr Roberts says.

The speaker line-up includes Tourism
Minister Stuart Nash, Nanogirl Dr Michelle Dickinson, Blake
Rogers from the Tourism Industry Association of the Yukon in
Canada, Matteo Zanarini from the International Air Transport
Association (IATA) and business culture expert Shane
Green.

Mr Roberts will unveil two major industry
initiatives – the updated Tourism Industry Roadmap which
lays out the possible routes that lie ahead for the
industry, and an aspirational environmental challenge for
every tourism business to accelerate New Zealand tourism’s
transition to a net carbon zero industry.

Three
breakout sessions to further explore current tourism
industry issues in depth will be held in early
December.

The New Zealand Tourism Awards celebration
will be a highlight of the industry’s year, Mr Roberts
says.

“We are encouraging tourism operators and
stakeholders to gather in their regions where they can, to
watch the Awards announcements. Get dressed up, enjoy some
drinks and nibbles, and most importantly, have fun as we
celebrate individual and business success across our
industry.”

The achievements of eight businesses and
three individuals will be recognised at the Awards.

It
is not too late to participate in the Summit. To register
for Tourism Summit Aotearoa, go to www.tourismsummit.co.nz

Free
registration for the New Zealand Tourism Awards is at www.nztourismawards.org.nz

About
Tourism Summit Aotearoa and the New Zealand Tourism
Awards

Tourism Summit Aotearoa 2021 is run by TIA
with support from Air New Zealand, Marsh, the Ministry of
Business, Innovation & Employment, New Zealand Māori
Tourism, ServiceIQ and Tourism New Zealand.

For more
information on Tourism Summit Aotearoa, go to www.tourismsummit.co.nz

The
New Zealand Tourism Awards 2021 are run by TIA, with Award
Partner Air New Zealand. The Awards are sponsored by the
Department of Conservation, Marsh, New Zealand Māori
Tourism, PATA New Zealand Trust, Tourism Industry New
Zealand Trust, Tourism New Zealand, Tourism Talent, Toitū
Envirocare, NZME and Westpac.
For more information on the
New Zealand Tourism Awards, visit www.nztourismawards.org.nz

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