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House of Travel conference, awards and dinner

Around 500 of the country’s top travel agents and support staff convened in Wellington to connect, network, share experiences and celebrate their successes.

House of Travel’s annual national sales conference and awards dinner brings together all 72 House of Travel outlets, which are based as far north as Kerikeri and as far south as Gore – and included all Auckland and Christchurch based support staff.  The event takes place all on one day, holding the conference and awards ceremony during the day and the dinner ceremony in the evening. 

Conference at a glance

Date28 March 2015
VenueTSB Bank Arena and Convention Centre
DestinationWellington
Delegates500
Exhibitors72 House of Travel outlets
SectorTravel and Tourism

How it all started

The conference has been running for 15 years and is designed to bring all House of Travel staff together from around New Zealand, this includes employees from the support teams and the management, IT, marketing departments as well as all the outlet operators.

“The event focuses on a celebration of the company and most importantly, our people’s successes and achievements over the past year. We aim to motivate, educate, invigorate and let our hair down.” Annette Piercy, House of Travel.

The 2014 conference was held in Wellington and due to the success and positive feedback from the event, organisers decided to bring it back to the capital in 2015.

Why Wellington worked

“Wellington is highly appealing. The central location and the fact that the venue is within walking distance of quality accommodation options means that it works well for most people, particularly as the majority of attendees arrive on the morning of the event” says Annette Piercy, Customer Experience Manager at House of Travel.

Wellington is conveniently located in the middle of the country making it central for everyone to get together. The city itself offers great proximity – the airport is located 15 minutes from the CBD and the event took place at the TSB Bank Arena and Convention Centre, which is located on the waterfront, in the heart of the city. 

House of Travel Events Manager, Ian Yee, said the fact that there was a lot going on in Wellington the weekend of the event it generated a brilliant buzz with delegates and once again Wellington delivered a memorable day for the House of Travel family.

Team work

The conference, awards and dinner all took place at the TSB Bank Arena and TSB Bank Auditorium – Shed 6 was used for their break-out spaces and for pre-dinner cocktail and canapes.

The flexibility and versatility of the venues, along with the collaborative nature of the providers played a vital part in making this event a success. The TSB Bank Arena was turned around from a plenary for 500 delegates, to a dazzling dinner within two hours. Restaurant Associates provided all catering, from convenient takeaway lunch bags to cocktails, canapés and a full sit down dinner.

“From the staff at Positively Wellington Venues to our catering providers, Restaurant Associates, the onsite support, planning and delivery by the teams was just brilliant. Everyone worked together to ensure the event ran smoothly and resulted in a huge success." - Ian Yee, Events Manager, House of Travel.

Be another success story

Wellington’s unique position in the conventions and events market is what makes the capital such an attractive event destination. Business events such as House of Travel’s annual conference, awards and dinner bring visitors who spend on average $318 per night, $110 more than leisure visitors, adding up to an industry that brings $110 million a year into the Wellington region.

“A massive thanks once again for absolutely everything you all have done to make for a super successful event for our House of Travel family. The onsite support and planning and delivery by you and your teams was just brilliant, I have now changed things and rebranded your organisations to Pretty wicked venues!” - Ian Yee, Events Manager, House of Travel.

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