Save the dates for two major New Zealand Inbound Tourism Events

ITOC Conference 2011Details of two of the tourism industry’s major annual events were released on Friday by the Inbound Tour Operators Council (ITOC).

2011 New Zealand Inbound Tourism Conference

The 2011 New Zealand Inbound Tourism Conference will be held 15-17 August 2011 at the Sebel Trinity Wharf in Tauranga. Recognised as New Zealand’s largest annual tourism conference, it attracts up to 250 tourism leaders from New Zealand and overseas.

Delegates include tour operators who collectively handle most of New Zealand’s packaged and group holiday visitor arrivals, making the conference a valuable opportunity to showcase the host region to the tourism industry.

Bay of Plenty won the right to host the 2011 New Zealand Inbound Tourism Conference from strong competition at the 2010 conference in Marlborough in August. The conference is organised by ITOC and Chief Executive Paul Yeo says he is working closely with Tourism Bay of Plenty to put together an exciting programme for delegates.

“I know many are looking forward to exploring the region both before and after the conference, and I’m confident it will give the region a significant boost to their international tourism marketing.”

The main plenary conference sessions will be hosted at the Sebel Trinity Wharf hotel. Venues for the Welcome Function and gala awards event, at which the ITOC Operator of the Year award is presented, will be announced next month.

While the conference remains the major annual event for ITOC members, who comprise inbound tour operators as well as national and regional product suppliers, it is also open to non-members from the wider tourism industry.

Based on feedback from the previous conference there will be an added focus on providing additional business to business marketing opportunities for ITOC delegate members. A highlight of the conference is the Market Updates provided by Tourism New Zealand who have once again committed to being involved.

The event will also celebrate ITOC’s 40th anniversary.

Registrations for the conference will open in mid-2011 but accommodation bookings are available at a number of participating hotels in both Tauranga and Mount Maunganui. Visit www.itoc.org.nz for booking details, a preliminary programme and general information on the conference.

New Zealand Inbound Tourism Symposium

Registrations open today for ITOC’s annual New Zealand Inbound Tourism Symposium, to be held at the Rendezvous Hotel, Auckland, at 3pm on 8 December 2010. It will be followed by a social networking event at the Voyager National Maritime Museum.

“This event has been held each December in Auckland for many years and under several guises. This year we have given it a new name, the New Zealand Inbound Tourism Symposium, to give it a clearer definition and business focus,” Mr Yeo says.

The Symposium will include a number of guest speakers and panel discussions on the state of the tourism industry.

Full details and registration information are available at www.itoc.org.nz Non-ITOC members are also welcome to attend.

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