Big benefits are set to come to the Fiordland region after it was announced that Distinction Hotels, supported by Destination Fiordland will host the 2017 Tourism Export Council Conference from 16 - 18 August 2017.
General Manager of the Distinction Te Anau Hotel & Villas, Brent Stander says the team comprising Destination Fiordland, Steve Norris, Dawn Farrell and the Distinction team, who put in the bid to host the conference are rapt. “This is fantastic. It will bring the top New Zealand inbound holiday destination decision makers to the Fiordland region and give us and every tour operator in the region a real vehicle to promote the region,” he says. “We last hosted the TEC Conference (previously known as ITOC) in 1996 so we were well overdue for the region to host again”.
Mr Stander says being awarded the conference was the culmination of years of hard work by the team who work closely with inbound operators educating them about the region. “We can’t underestimate how much value this conference means to us. It is an exciting opportunity to showcase the region and over the coming months we will be calling on other tourism operators in the region to be involved with pre and post conference familiarisation tours.”
Philippa Murrell, Manager of Destination Fiordland says that the team have worked hard to secure this conference in Te Anau, “we are delighted that we can show the inbound operators and other tourism operators and Regional Tourism Organisations (RTOs) from around New Zealand our wonderful destination and some true southern hospitality”.
Mrs Immink says that getting tourism operators to different parts of the country is a key part in educating them on the attractions and activities on offer. “Fiordland is one of premier visitor destinations and we know that Distinction Hotels and Destination Fiordland will do a great job in ensuring that delegates from around New Zealand and overseas will see it at its very best.”