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This year’s event also saw the debut of the
Emerging Talent Program, a professional
development workshop which ran alongside
the main conference and involved event
management students and junior workforce
professionals hearing from a range of
speakers about breaking into the industry.
The most lauded and engaging speaker
was former New Zealand Global Woman of
Influence and director of community for Kiwi
Landing Pad, Sian Simpson, who, as a fellow
millennial, had some sage words of wisdom
when it comes to starting out.
“I want you to understand that I am
completely normal, I was you... I started out
on the bottom rung of the ladder as a
waitress at the Novotel,” she said.
“My first job towards reaching my goal was
transcribing for $2 an hour, and what
separated me from some of my peers is that
I was thinking more and trying more.
“Instead of looking at barriers I started
asking, how can I do that?”
It would seem that her head-on approach
has paid off, with Sian’s intimidating
repertoire including juggling five concurrent
jobs, interviewing over 300 experts (including
the co-founder of Facebook) and organising
100 events a year with no budget.
Her take away advice?
“What opportunities can you ask for, and
not be afraid of these conversations?
“You have your brain and your feet, you
can go in any direction you choose.”
Pushing for GST reform
The GST disadvantage which dominated much of the discourse at this year’s MEETINGS was
again addressed at the CINZ conference, with CEO Sue Sullivan outlining the active steps
herself and tax partner with Deloitte’s Alan Bullot are taking to address the barrier.
“In October 2016, the Australian government zero rated the GST on international delegate
registrations,” she said.
“We, New Zealand, were immediately 15 per cent more expensive.
“At the request of members, CINZ got involved, and as part of this, formed a committee of
key industry members who have worked to have the international conference delegate
registration fee zero rated to be competitive with Australia again.
“Alan and I will meet with revenue minister Stuart Nash this December to pursue this further.”
Sue re-hashed that if successful, there will be an immediate increase in delegate numbers
with considerable flow-on effects to suppliers.
Plenty of exciting bits
Not one to skint on the spectacular, CINZ 2018 also provided plenty of fuel to set social
media on fire.
The second night (which appropriately fell on Halloween) saw delegates gather at Auckland
Museum for a spine-tingling gala dinner titled Fright Night at the Museum. Festivities commenced in
the foyer, where attendees, surrounded by LED-lit pillars, sipping on eyeball-topped cocktails and
decked out in a horrifying cacophony of costumes, were beckoned to the second floor by the shrill
cry of an axe-wielding murderess. After carefully wending through a haunted house maze, the group
reached its red-hued dinner setting: an eerie spectacle of black linen, web-entangled chandeliers,
raven props and Halloween-esque tunes emanating from the speakers (Zombie by the Cranberries
was a particularly nice touch). The occasion was equal parts terrifying and awe-inspiring, and made
possible by the creative forces behind Multi-media, Total Event, Urban Gourmet, Pacific Linen,
Auckland Museum, Exhibition Hire Services, The Production & Music Agency and QuickPix.
Another conference highlight, that was decidedly more heart-warming than heart-stopping,
was the announcement Anna Hayward from the Auckland Convention Bureau (ACB) as the
recipient of the CINZ Outstanding Contributor Award. Having helmed the ACB for 11 years and
helping to secure more than $200 million worth of business events for the city, the accolade
was well deserved. m
Things were a little less calm at the Fright Night at the Museum
gala dinner. Here some delegates are boogying to Thriller.
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conference or meeting can be
a delicate balance to get right.
With so many variables to
consider, and budgets to adhere to, the
choice of a CBD location can be more
convenient, but choosing something further
afield can be exciting for delegates too!
With the cost of city hotels in Australia’s
major capital cities at an all-time high, there
are definite pluses for taking your meeting
outside CBD precincts.
Certainly there are other factors to consider
when you’re thinking of a country or regional
venue, including the all-important ability to get
your delegates to the destination. Then again,
what you can save in room rates can pretty much cover the cost of the transport.
As an alternative to jumping on a plane, if you’re under four hours from wherever it is you
want to go then driving is definitely an option. It’s amazing how quickly your delegates can wind
down with a few hours behind the wheel. And, with the wonders of modern technology –
particularly the mobile phone – they can clear the decks on the way there and be ready to ease
into whatever you have planned in the mid to late afternoon.
One company that knows all about the pluses and minuses of meetings in city or country
venues is Oaks Hotels & Resorts which offers a range of business event friendly destinations in
both city and country locations.
The Oaks team can assist event planners in working out the pros and cons of each and help
to select the perfect venue for your next event.
From New South Wales to Victoria, Queensland and Western Australia, Oaks Hotels &
Resorts’ conferencing offer is diverse.
One of Oaks’ most popular conferencing destinations is the verdant Hunter Valley, where
Oaks Cypress Lakes Resort offers premier event and conference venues with self-contained
villa accommodation onsite, but also award-winning leisure facilities that make for excellent
So what’s the best option for meetings? A city or country venue?
Brad Foster explores the options.
CITY V COUNTRY | BRAD FOSTER
Unwind after meetings
at Oaks Cypress Lakes Resort.
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