8 November 2018, Wellington


Tourism Summit Aotearoa 2018 will be a thought provoking day with a mix of panels, keynote speakers and discussions. Commencing at 8.15am and concluding at 5.30pm, with networking drinks until 6.45pm, you’ll leave feeling energised and ready to take our industry forward.

Complimentary Pre-Summit Networking Function
Join the TIA team and fellow delegates at networking drinks on the evening prior to the Tourism Summit Aotearoa (7 November) from 4.30pm – 6.30pm at ServiceIQ’s Cafe Connect, Plimmer Towers. Limited to the first 100 registrations. Add this function to your online registration.

Check back regularly for updates and more information on the programme.

7.30am – Registration desk opens
8.15am – Mihi whakatau
8.20am – Introduction
Simon Dallow, Summit Moderator


Leading the industry to a successful future

8.30am – Tourism 2025 Scorecard – how are we tracking? The current state of our industry
Chris Roberts, Chief Executive – Tourism Industry Aotearoa
8.45am – Beyond Tourism 2025 – where to next? Resetting the industry’s growth framework & developing new strategies
9.15am – Leaders Panel – How do we get the future we want?
9.55am – Political update
10.10am – Leading by example – a case study 
10.40am – Morning tea


Supporting our industry and our host communities

11.00am – Connecting with communities – another industry’s approach
11.20am –  Inspiring the next generation
11.50am –  Panel discussion – How do we engage with our host communities? Are we doing a good enough job?
12.25pm –  Tourism Industry New Zealand Trust 2019 Scholarships Presentation
12.30pm – Lunch


Raising standards, inspiring people and telling our story

1.50pm – Our industry inspirations – New Zealand Tourism Award winners tell their stories
The complete tourism story – Grant Webster, Chief Executive – thl
Guardians of the island – John Barrett, Managing Director – Kapiti Island Nature Tours
2.30pm – Tourism Sustainability Commitment – the journey so far
Megan Roberts & Lynn Robinson, Tourism Sustainability Advocates, Tourism Industry Aotearoa
2.50pm – Storytelling – case studies
The Waikato Story – Jason Dawson, Chief Executive – Hamilton & Waikato Tourism
3.30pm – Afternoon tea
3.50pm – Meaning + Mastery
Futurist & change maker
4.50pm – Emerging Leaders Panel
Hear from up and coming leaders in the tourism industry
5.20pm – Closing address
5.30pm – Networking drinks


Speaker Spotlight

Grant Webster

Chief Executive, Tourism Holdings Ltd (thl) Grant joined thl in 2005 in a Chief Operating Officer role and was appointed to the position of Chief Executive Officer in December 2008. Grant is also currently Deptuy Chair of Tourism Industry Aotearoa. Grant is Chairman...

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Chris Roberts

Chief Executive, Tourism Industry Aotearoa Chris Roberts joined TIA as Chief Executive in July 2014. Prior to that he was a General Manager at Tourism New Zealand.Earlier in his career he spent three years at Parliament working for the Minister of Tourism. As well as...

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Megan Williams

Tourism Sustainability Advocate Megan started in her new role in mid-June 2018, promoting the New Zealand Tourism Sustainability Commitment and helping businesses achieve the 14 Business Commitments. Megan’s career has largely involved tourism and conservation. She...

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Lynn Robinson

Tourism Sustainability Advocate Lynn started in her new role in mid-June 2018, promoting the New Zealand Tourism Sustainability Commitment and helping businesses achieve their 14 Business Commitments. Based in Cambridge in the Waikato, Lynn has a strong background in...

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Simon Dallow

Summit Moderator Simon Dallow co-hosts ONE News with Wendy Petrie each weeknight at 6pm. In his time with TVNZ Simon has presented many of the main News and Current Affairs shows, including the critically-acclaimed Agenda in 2005. After completing his legal studies,...

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Te Papa, Wellington

8 November 2018

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