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True connection: Tourism New Zealand's Regional Showcase wraps in Sydney

Tourism New Zealand's annual two-day Regional Showcase for the trade industry in Sydney has wrapped in Sydney. This year's event, held from 21-22 February, saw 23 of New Zealand's Regional Tourism Organisations (RTOs) connect with Australian Product and Marketing Managers from leading travel companies to gain market insights and share destination and product knowledge.

Tourism New Zealand’s annual two-day Regional Showcase for the trade industry in Sydney has wrapped in Sydney. This year’s event, held from 21-22 February, saw 23 of New Zealand’s Regional Tourism Organisations (RTOs) connect with Australian Product and Marketing Managers from leading travel companies to gain market insights and share destination and product knowledge.

Day one of the Regional Showcase held at the Intercontinental Hotel focused on setting the scene to give the New Zealand industry a deeper understanding of the Australian market. Nichola Quail, founder and CEO of Insights Exchange, hosted a series of informative panel sessions, sharing their latest findings on consumer trends.

This was followed by an aviation panel with industry insiders from Christchurch Airport, Air New Zealand, Qantas and Three Consulting, and a conversation on the importance of ‘Responsible Tourism’ with Intrepid Travel.

Tourism New Zealand RTO Showcase Sydney 2024

On the second day, the New Zealand industry had the opportunity to connect with Australian travel product and marketing managers in pre-scheduled meetings to expand on network relationships and share destination product knowledge. 

Andrew Waddel, General Manager – Australia, Tourism New Zealand, commented, “The Tourism New Zealand Regional Showcase is the centrepiece of Tourism New Zealand’s trade event calendar in Australia, bringing together industry experts, travel product managers and New Zealand Regional Tourism Organisations.

Tourism New Zealand general manager Australia Andrew Waddel
Andrew Waddel, General Manager – Australia, Tourism New Zealand

“The two-day event provided a platform for deepening understanding of the Australian market, fostering business connections, and sharing key product knowledge on the latest and best in Aotearoa, reinforcing the vital role Australia plays as New Zealand’s number one holiday source market.

“We look forward to the next time we can bring Australian and New Zealand industry together for TRENZ in Wellington, May 2024.”

For more information, visit Tourism New Zealand travel trade: https://traveltrade.newzealand.com