By Destination Marlborough
Destination Marlborough is delighted to announce that the New Zealand Cruise Association Conference will be held in Marlborough in 2018. The announcement follows Picton recently being rated in the top three Australia & New Zealand Cruise Destination’s in Cruise Critic’s Cruisers’ Choice Awards 2016/2017.
The New Zealand Cruise Association Conference is scheduled to take place in Marlborough in August 2018. The region will see up to 250 delegates visit from across New Zealand and is set to bring an estimated $215,000 into the local economy.
The regional conference bid was led by Nikki Roche – Business Events Marlborough, working with local venues, accommodation providers and transport operators ensuring a collaborative ‘Team Marlborough’ approach which left the conference selection committee impressed.
“Our sub group looked at the various bids objectively and the comments were that Marlborough provided a professional presentation meeting the brief very well. They were impressed at the level of planning and the wide range of options available not just for the Conference, but for activities leading up to and around the Conference” Kevin O’Sullivan, Executive Officer of the New Zealand Cruise Association.
Hosting the New Zealand Cruise Association Conference is an excellent opportunity to showcase the experiences, services, facilities and infrastructure on offer in Marlborough to the 250 delegates, as well as showing the spectacular natural environment and Marlborough as a brilliant year-round destination.
“This is a key conference win for the region and one we targeted as it gives more Marlborough operators the opportunity to attend the conference and rub shoulders with cruise line shore excursion executives, key product decision makers and industry peers.” Jacqui Lloyd, General Manager of Destination Marlborough.
The New Zealand Cruise Association is the industry association of New Zealand’s cruise sector. With more than 55 members representing key stakeholders such as ports, regional tourism organisations, local government authorities, ground handlers, shipping agents, airlines, tour operators, provedores, service operators and Tourism New Zealand. The New Zealand Cruise Association is the leading industry voice for the New Zealand cruise sector.