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New Zealand’s business events industry in action for Dunedin students

New Zealand’s business events industry in action for Dunedin students
October 23, 2017

Tourism students from Dunedin’s Otago Polytechnic will be getting first-hand insights into the business events sector of the industry this week.

The 20 students are being hosted by industry association, Conventions and Incentives New Zealand (CINZ) at its annual conference in Dunedin from 24th to 26th October.

Helen Geytenbeek, Tourism/Hospitality Lecturer at the College of Enterprise and Development at Otago Polytechnic, says the event will create valuable links for them between theory and practice, commenting “attending the CINZ Conference is an exciting opportunity for our students to participate in thought-provoking sessions on relevant topics, and to meet leaders in this field.

“This will be the first time some of them have experienced a conference plenary session, and it promises to be a real learning curve for them.”

The 20 students are qualifying for the New Zealand Diploma in Tourism and Travel (Level 5) at Otago Polytechnic. One full year of study contributes to the first year of the Bachelor of Applied Management.

Their ‘Tourism in Action’ paper includes learning to design and develop a business concept, and to analyse and critique the application of processes in tourism business ventures.

Geytenbeek adds “we are focusing on the MICE (Meeting, Incentives, Conferences and Events) industry in this paper, to expose them to the business-based side of the tourism industry. They will put together a business plan, organise and participate in an event, volunteer in a conference, event or festival, and critique the experiences.”

Kim Dodds, Business Development Manager at Dunedin Venues Management says Dunedin Venues’ successful relationship with Otago Polytechnic continues to grow across many areas of its business.

Dodds explains “currently we employ five graduates in our event coordination and turf management teams. Working with Otago Polytechnic we are identifying innovative initiatives benefiting not only organisations, but also the students and city of Dunedin too.”

More than 140 CINZ members including owners and managers of key venues, catering companies, accommodation providers, activity operators and regional convention bureaux will be meeting at the Dunedin Centre and Town Hall on Wednesday 25th and Thursday 26th October.

Keynote speakers include Deborah Sexton, Chief Executive and President of the Professional Convention Management Association (PCMA) who will be focusing on international trends, and Holly Ransom global strategist, looking at intergenerational planning.

CINZ is the official, membership based association of New Zealand’s conference and business travel industry with more than 430 members across a broad range of sectors.

Click here for registration information on the CINZ 41st Annual Conference in the Australasian Leisure Management industry Calendar.

Images: Otago Settlers Museum (top) and Conference speaker Holly Ransom (below).

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