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Adventure tourism conference focuses on change, challenge and opportunity
New Zealand adventure tourism operators are experiencing a period of change – a trend that will be reflected in an upcoming conference in Wellington.
To be staged on 19th and 20th June, ‘The Great Adventure 2014: Change, challenge and opportunity’ will bring together the adventure and outdoor sector at a time when many operators are preparing for the new regulatory regime being implemented from 1st November 2014.
The programme will begin with a networking function at the Grand Hall at Parliament on the evening on Thursday 19th June, followed by a full day of presentations and workshops on Friday 20th June.
The event is organised by the Tourism Industry Association New Zealand (TIANZ).
Introducing the conference, TIANZ acting Chief Executive Chris McGeown explains “we have an excellent line-up of speakers who will bring the theme of ‘Change, challenge and opportunity’ to life.”
The keynote speaker is World Expeditions Chief Executive Sue Badyari who will provide an international perspective to the changing face of adventure tourism. World Expeditions specialises in trekking, travel and adventure holidays on seven continents.
Other speakers will include Minister of Labour Simon Bridges, and representatives from the regulatory authorities in the adventure tourism sector – the Civil Aviation Authority, Maritime New Zealand and WorkSafe NZ.
Delegates will be able to attend two of the three breakout sessions which will focus on:
• Content Marketing with online media specialist Megan Singleton
• Creating ‘Nimble’ Businesses with Crowe Horwath business consultant Tracy McElroy-Rivett
• Understanding the Chinese FIT (free independent traveller) with Mark Frood of Auckland International Airport.
Other sessions include an update to the adventure sector on the upcoming changes to the Health and Safety Act, a discussion about how to manage travellers’ expectations of instant communication in the outdoors, and the interface between the Department of Conservation and adventure tourism.
McGeown adds “we are really excited about the strong and relevant speaker programme. “There is something for everyone and I’m sure every adventure tourism operator will take away valuable tips for their business.”
The Great Adventure is being sponsored by the Department of Conservation.
Early bird registrations are available until Friday 23rd May. To register and for more details about the event, go to www.tianz.org.nz/main/The_Great_Adventure
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