A record 360 delegates are set to attend the 2017 New Zealand Hotel Industry Conference in Auckland today.
Hotel investors, developers, owners and executives will attend the event, now in its 11th year, at The Langham for an update on key industry issues kicking off with a ministerial presentation from Tourism Minister Paula Bennett.
High on the agenda is The Infrastructure Debate: Where to Now?, which will be led by keynote speaker, Auckland Airport chief executive Adrian Littlewood.
It will include an update on the McKinsey report, a major study into New Zealand’s tourism infrastructure commissioned by Littlewood alongside fellow chiefs from Air New Zealand, Christchurch Airport and Tourism Holdings.
As part of the infrastructure session, delegates will also receive an update on results and actions from Project Palace, New Zealand Trade and Enterprise’s programme to speed up private investment in hotels around the country.
The government’s Tourism Infrastructure Fund and Tourism Industry Aotearoa’s National Infrastructure Assessment will also be addressed in the panel debate between Littlewood, TIA’s Tourism 2025 Advocate, Bruce Bassett, NZTE investment manager Paul Burnaby, and MBIE’s general manager of tourism, sectors, regions and cities, Iain Cossar.
The programme also includes sessions on emerging lifestyle products and brands under the title, The Hotel Evolution, and looks to the future with a session on Emerging Trend in Hotel Design and Service.
Speakers include Greg Farrell of Aedas Interiors, an international specialist in hotel interior design, and Alan Watts, COO, Asia, Middle East & Africa for IHG, one of the world’s largest hotel companies will cover trends such as robotic concierges, collective cooking spaces, living hotels that change every time you visit them – discover emerging hotel design and service trends.
MC Nadine Higgins will host the event that also comprises sessions on the economic outlook for hotels, industry threats and opportunities and the impact of disruptors on the sector.
The NZ Hotel Industry Awards will be presented at a gala dinner at the end of the one-day conference.
A technical seminar addressing new hotel development in New Zealand was held yesterday at The Langham attended by around 100 participants.