Hotel Council Aotearoa to bring AHICE to New Zealand

Hotel Council Aotearoa
AHICE will be held at the Pullman Auckland Hotel and Apartments on October 13.

The Hotel Council Aotearoa (HCA) has signed a deal to launch a local edition of the Asia-Pacific Hotel Industry Conference and Exhibition (AHICE) later this year.

The Aotearoa Hotel Industry Conference and Exhibition (AHICE) will be held on October 12-13 in Auckland, with three further conferences to follow under the deal with destinations including Christchurch and Wellington.

More than 250 delegates are expected to attend the conference which will feature more than 50 key speakers from across New Zealand, the Pacific Islands, Australia and globally.

The inaugural event will be held at the Pullman Auckland Hotel and Apartments on October 13, with a series of site tours of new properties and a gala welcome reception held the day prior.

The launch of AHICE in New Zealand follows the success of the recent Australasian Hotel Industry Conference and Exhibition held in Adelaide during May and attended by a record 1,200 delegates, making it the largest accommodation event in Asia-Pacific.

“We’re delighted to be partnering with AHICE and announcing a dedicated hotel industry conference for New Zealand once again,” Hotel Council Aotearoa Chair Lani Hagaman said.

“It has been a tough few years for hotel sector employees and businesses, so this is a fantastic milestone for HCA as we strive to assist members on their path to recovery.”

AHICE Chair James Wilkinson said it was the right time to launch the event as New Zealand continued its re-boot of the tourism sector.

“We’ve wanted to bring AHICE to New Zealand for the last few years and are thrilled to be partnering with HCA to make this a reality,” he said.

“We are not just planning for an October conference in Auckland but are focused on scalability through to 2025.”

HCA strategic director James Doolan said the partnership with AHICE “is proof that the hotel sector is once again establishing itself and playing an active role in the New Zealand tourism landscape”.

“I’m confident Aotearoa Hotel Industry Conference and Exhibition will quickly become the ‘must-do’ event for the New Zealand tourism industry,” he said.