Next year’s TravelManagers annual national conference will be held in Hamilton Island, while the 2021 conference is heading over to Christchurch.
“We usually alternate between off-shore and domestic destinations and we normally only announce one year in advance,” said TravelManagers executive general manager, Michael Gazal, who was speaking from this year’s conference held in Perth.
“However, we have committed to holding our 2020 conference in Hamilton Island which will allow us to head to Christchurch in 2021.”
Gazal explains that the decision to interrupt the established pattern stems from a desire to show support for the city and people of Christchurch, where TravelManagers’ parent company, House of Travel, was founded in 1987.
“The city is in the process of completing a brand-new, state of the art convention centre as part of its post-earthquake rebuild,” says Gazal. “It’s going to be an amazing facility and a real testament to the resilience of a city that has endured a pretty tough decade.
“In the meantime, our focus is on delivering another outstanding conference in Hamilton Island next year, and we have no doubt that participants are thrilled that we’ve lined up such a stunning location.”
The 2021 conference will see over 600 travel sellers from Australia heading to Christchurch, and marks the first time the meeting has been held in New Zealand.
“We are delighted to partner with Tourism New Zealand and Christchurch International Airport to bring this conference to Christchurch, and it is a well-deserved endorsement for the future of tourism in our region,” said Loren Heaphy, ChristchurchNZ general manager of destination & attraction.
“Australia is a key international market and our city is ready to welcome Australian tourism buyers. We want to show off our innovative city and stunning region and ensure our travel partners and visitors have a memorable experience while here.”