Wellington targets Aussie market with new Sydney based role

Wellington has appointed Tania Barnes to the role of business development manager based in Sydney.

“Wellington has a compact city centre packed with great venues, impressive hotels, and a huge range of fantastic cafes, restaurants and bars,” Barnes said. “It’s coffee and craft beer cultures are second to none.

“Wellington is already an ideal location for business events with a range of venue options available. It will be even more appealing once the $179 million, 18,000 sqm Tākina conference and exhibition centre opens in 2023.”

WellingtonNZ general manager David Perks says the opening of Tākina will significantly boost Wellington’s business venues options.

“Businesses generally plan conferences years ahead which is why it’s so important to have someone of Tania’s calibre on the ground in Sydney, to focus on the Australian market, well ahead of Tākina’s opening,” Perks said.

“Tākina will offer a state of the art conference facility for up to 1400 delegates who will get a unique taste of Māori culture in the Wellington-themed venue located smack-bang in the heart of the city. We believe it will appeal to Australian businesses looking for an extra-special conference experience.

“Australia is an important market for us and we considered it valuable to have a physical presence in the market to help boost the number of events we secure.”