Operators join forces to maximise Rotorua’s visitor experience

Charlotte Brady, Andrew Akers and Kelly Hemana from OGO Rotorua. Image: Supplied


Key Rotorua tourism operators have come together to create a first of its kind training and networking event for Rotorua accommodation partners. This inaugural two-hour event, Hello Social, was held at The Social Room on Wednesday the 25

This inaugural two-hour event, Hello Social, was held at The Social Room on Wednesday the 25th of October. Hello Social is a collaborative effort from 15 local Rotorua tourism operators and the Rotorua Association of Motels.

The Rotorua accommodation community are a fundamental asset to our local tourism operators.

“Our local accommodation partners are a vitally important extension of our individual marketing teams,” said Anna Rodgers, OGO Rotorua Sales and Marketing Manager.

“Not only are they often the first contact our guests have when arriving in Rotorua, they are a trusted and valuable resources for our visitors who are looking for their advice and recommendations on what to do, see and eat during their stay in town. This is an exciting opportunity for us all to provide updates on our products before high season commences, but it is a great chance to network and get to know each other better.”

The feedback from local accommodation operators about the event was overwhelmingly positive, with 50 guests attending the event on Wednesday evening.

“As an accommodation provider – it is important for us to know what is on offer to best enhance our guests visit to Rotorua, we like to think that we are “selling” Rotorua and not just ourselves,” said Shelley Hobson-Powell, Vice President of Rotorua Association of Motels.

This which means we like to work closely with individual businesses and develop lasting relationships with them. This is also a great opportunity to meet new people that have taken the step into our amazing industry.”

The guests were treated to an evening of local food and wine hosted by the Blue Baths in the picturesque Social Room where the evening culminated with three guests being drawn for spot prizes with included a Volcanic Hills wine pack, Terrace Kitchen dining vouchers and a crater lakes Helicopter flight for two with Volcanic Air.

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