Ausfit began in 1992, providing software services to the health and fitness sector including ClubWise, a fully hosted web-based product which combines state of the art club management software,…read more
Wanderlust Taupō yoga festival cancelled after organiser’s liquidation
The US-based owner of the Wanderlust yoga event brand has cancelled its planned Taupō festival after its Australasian organiser went into liquidation earlier this month.
Sean Hoess, Chief Executive of the United States-based brand owner Wanderlust Holdings, last week announced the cancellation of the Taupō event, due to have been held from 8th to 11th March, after failing to find another event management company to take over the license for the festival.
Huess said ticket holders, who had paid up to $490 for their tickets, would receive a full refund within two weeks. Tickets cost up to $490 each.
According the Stuff.co.nz website, Hoes had been in talks with six event management companies in Australia and New Zealand, but no licensing partnership was agreed.
Directed and owned by Jonnie Halstead, Yoga Events Australia New Zealand (YEANZ), which held the license for the Wanderlust festivals in Australia and New Zealand was placed in liquidation on 12th January, owing at last $1.6 million to Wanderlust, regional councils, equipment suppliers, yoga teachers and speakers that had still not been paid for attending its Sunshine Coast event last year.
Hoess said the liquidation came as a shock to the company, releasing a statement that advised “unfortunately, given the very short timeline and financial challenges caused by YEANZ's insolvency, we could not find a partner who is willing to produce the Taupo festival. We therefore regretfully announce the cancellation of Wanderlust Great Lake Taupo 2018.”
Hoess is also reported to have said that he would consider paying Yoga Events' debts to save Wanderlust's reputation.
Wanderlust Taupō had been staged over three years, backed by the Taupō District Council.
A replacement event at Wairakei Resort, where the event was to be hosted, is reportedly being planned by its management, however.
Resort General Manager Kathy Guy said resort staff were working with a number of people to organise a new weekend package to entice yogis to stay for a "mindful weekend".
She advised “while we cannot release all the details just yet, the new package will definitely include yoga and wellness sessions, an ethnic Friday food market with raw and vegan options, and entertainment on the Saturday.
"We are confident that this will still be a soul-nourishing weekend to spend with friends and like-minded people."
Images: Wanderlust (top) and Sean Hoess (below).
23rd June 2017 - INTERNATIONAL YOGA DAY MARKED AROUND THE WORLD
21st June 2017 - YOGA A KEY PART OF NEW ZEALAND’S GROWING EXERCISE PARTICIPATION
14th March 2017 - IGNITE YOGA SUMMIT COMBINES WITH THE FITNESS SHOW AND FILEX
11th April 2016 - WELLNESS TOURISM ON THE RISE
4th February 2016 - SUNSHINE COAST CAMPAIGN TARGETS MAJOR EVENTS AND CONFERENCES
Asking a small favour
We hope that you value the news that we publish so while you're here can we ask for your support?
The news we publish at www.ausleisure.com.au is independent, credible (we hope) and free for you to access, with no pay walls and no annoying pop-up ads.
However, as an independent publisher, can we ask for you to support us by subscribing to the printed Australasian Leisure Management magazine - if you don't already do so.
Published bi-monthly since 1997, the printed Australasian Leisure Management differs from this website in that it publishes longer, in-depth and analytical features covering aquatics, attractions, entertainment, events, fitness, parks, recreation, sport, tourism and venues management.
Subscriptions cost just $90 a year.
Click here to subscribe.
The Complete Guide to Leisure Industry Products & Services.
Polin was founded in Istanbul in 1976, and has since grown into a leading company in the waterparks industry. Today Polin is one of the world leaders in the design, production, and installation of…read more
Activating skyscapes for tourism, art, leisure and living TouchCloud Global (TCg) is a highly specialised international consultancy, broker and principal, devoted solely to activating and energising…read more
Gladstone Health & Leisure (Gladstone MRM Pty Ltd Australia) is a leading supplier of leisure management and fitness software and is endorsed by leading health and fitness professionals and…read more
Established in 1994, Ceramic Solutions has excelled at the supply and installation of swimming pool tiles and equipment for the pool and leisure industry, with a focus on the needs of end-users. …read more
BODY BIKE® International is a leading manufacturer of indoor bikes with a 20-year track record of creating the best indoor bikes. Stay connected with Body Bike Australia…read more
Swimplex Aquatics are a world-class company dedicated to the commercial pool, waterslide industry. We are Australian market leaders servicing all states Australia wide. Swimplex provide a full…read more
The Calgym/Synergy group has had a long and proud history since 1976 as world leaders in the innovation, design and evolution of commercial strength and conditioning equipment. The Synergy group was…read more
get listed with our suppliers directory
Get your business noticed in our targeted directory. Viewed by 10,000 industry professionals per week!