Venue: Golden Gate Lodge, 6 Barry Avenue, Cromwell, Central Otago
It gives me great pleasure to invite you all to join the Board and Management team of the i-SITE network to the 2016 Annual Conference, in Cromwell.
This year’s conference theme “Forward Horizons” aims to help us look ahead and improve our businesses through better practices, systems and procedures. With the new i-SITE strategic plan to guide our way, we can all look forward to new and exciting things ahead.
Each year, the conference is a chance to reflect on the successes and challenges of the year gone, and collectively discuss our approach for the year ahead.
We are currently experiencing an absolute boom in tourism – both domestically and internationally. This past year we saw international tourism reach over three million annual arrivals and contribute a staggering nine billion dollars to the New Zealand’s economy.
However as with last year, new challenges have emerged around the pressures of growth – do we have enough infrastructure and facilities to cope? How can we support all regions to benefit from the tourism growth? We have also seen the introduction of new legislation that has resulted in all of us taking a more active role in protecting the health and safety of our staff, customers and visitors.
Our i-SITEs play a crucial role in helping to ease these growing pains providing a wealth of local knowledge that can guide our visitors, providing welcoming, safe and quality service to our ever growing number of customers.
I hope you are all able to join your colleagues in Central Otago for this year’s conference. I know you will take away some valuable resources, experiences and fond memories.
Chair, i-SITE New Zealand
A warm welcome to Central Otago – our best kept secrets are waiting for you.
Affectionately called ‘Central’ by those that know it well, Central Otago is New Zealand’s most inland region. It’s breathtakingly different with vast undulating landscapes, rugged snow-capped mountains, clear blue rivers, recreational lakes, deep gorges and tussock-clad hills. The climate is unique too, with hot summers, snowy winters, and less rainfall than any other region in New Zealand.
Central Otago has a rich history spanning early Maori, pioneering farmers and a gold rush, through to the Clyde Dam which created Lake Dunstan. Many heritage buildings of stacked Central Otago stone are still standing from the late 18th Century. Today, many of our visitors experience this heritage by riding the iconic Otago Central Rail Trail.
Over the years, gold mining has given way to farms, orchards and vineyards, and Central Otago has become renowned for its award winning wines and gourmet foods.
September is a stunning time of year to visit Central Otago, when the many orchards are in full blossom and the warmer weather has begun. The 60th Alexandra Blossom Festival is on the weekend following the conference, so stay and experience one of the longest, continuously running community events in New Zealand.
The $32 million development of Highlands Motorsport Park has also been getting international attention. And come visit us in the newly developed Cromwell i-SITE which has seen close to a 300% increase in visitor numbers since last year.
We can’t wait to show you an EPIC time in Central Otago and for you to experience our “World of Difference.”
For those who registered on or before the 10th July 2016 your registration will be entered into the draw to win the early bird prize, an Experience Central Otago package which includes accommodation and activities, valued at over $800.
The early bird prize will be drawn at the close of conference, you must be present to win!
Invoicing JUNE 2016 - Registrations made on or before 23rd June 2016 will be invoiced in June 2016
Invoicing JULY 2016 - Registrations made on or after 24th June 2016 will be invoiced in July 2016
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