ATEED, PATA team up to host Tourism Leaders Forum

Top Row (L/R): Cam Wallace, Chief Revenue Officer Air NZ; Chris Roberts, CEO TIA; Martin Snedden, Former CEO TIA; Nick Hill, CEO ATEED. Bottom Row (L/R): Stephen England-Hall, CEO Tourism NZ; Dr. Mario Hardy, CEO PATA; Hywel Griffith, Australia & NZ Correspondent BBC World News; Chris Flynn, Region Director Pacific PATA.

New Auckland Tourism, Events and Economic Development (ATEED) chief Nick Hill, Tourism New Zealand’s Stephen England-Hall and Air New Zealand’s chief revenue officer, Cam Wallace, are among the participants addressing the Tourism Leaders Forum.

Tourism industry leaders in New Zealand are coming together for the event in September to discuss the challenges and opportunities facing public and private organisations seeking to maximise the sector’s economic benefits.

The Tourism Leaders Forum, with the title ‘Being Future Ready’, is presented jointly by Auckland Tourism, Events and Economic Development (ATEED) and the Pacific Asia Travel Association (PATA) and takes place on Thursday 28 September 2017 at the Lysaght Building in Auckland.

Confirmed speakers for the Tourism Leaders panel session include Hill, England-Hall, Wallace and Chris Roberts, chief of Tourism Industry Aotearoa (TIA).

The panel discussion is being moderated by Hywel Griffith, the BBC World News correspondent for Australia and New Zealand.

Former TIA Chief Executive Martin Snedden, who masterminded the nation’s Tourism 2025 Plan, is opening the Forum and is set to provide an overview of the Plan’s objectives. Delegates will be welcomed by PATA chief Dr. Mario Hardy.

The programme is designed as an important forerunner to the annual PATA Global Insights Conference taking place for the third consecutive year on Friday 29 September at the SkyCity Grand Hotel in Auckland.

PATA Regional Director – Pacific Chris Flynn said: “This Tourism Leaders Forum brings together an important and influential group to address issues, threats, challenges and opportunities for New Zealand’s tourism sector in line with the Tourism 2025 Plan and beyond.

“Our role, at PATA, is to encourage responsible and sustainable development that delivers tangible economic benefits, particularly for local communities. I’m sure that the views expressed at this Forum will influence the direction of our Global Insights Conference taking place during the course of the following day.”

Delegates attending PGIC on 29 September enjoy complimentary admission to the Tourism Leaders Forum on 28 September. Registration for the Forum alone is US$100.

“Capacity restrictions at the venue on 28 September mean that we are processing registrations on a first-come, first-served basis and I recommend early registration to avoid disappointment,” said Flynn.

The programme begins at 3.30pm (registration & refreshments) and concludes at 5.35pm with a cocktail reception sponsored by SkyCity Entertainment.

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