West Coast Tourism Operators - Expression of Interest to take part in the 2023 West Coast and partners destination showcase

20 June, 2023
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Development West Coast is delighted to invite West Coast tourism operators to participate in the 2023 West Coast & partners Destination Showcase.

This is the second year this event will be hosted, in addition to West Coast tourism businesses, operators from Christchurch, Kaikoura, Hurunui, Mackenzie, Selwyn and Timaru will also attend.

This is an opportunity to engage with and access 130 of New Zealand’s most valuable Inbound Tour Operator partners and professional conference organisers and corporate event organisers. With pre-registered session times, this event will enable you to conduct training presentations as well as ample time for networking.

The objective is to increase awareness for the West Coast and our tourism offering, our visitor products and experiences as well as increase frontliners’ ability and confidence in selling this destination.

Register your interest here.

  • Expressions of interest close 20 June.
  • Costs per exhibitor: $250

Key dates:

  • 20 June - Registrations of Interest close
  • 27 June - Exhibitors invited to confirm their participation*
  • 4 July - Exhibitor participation deadline and invoices issued (non-refundable)
  • 15 July - Travel Trade Invitations with Exhibitors details sent
  • 20 July - Invoices due
  • 8 August - Guest RSVP's close
  • August TBC - pre event briefing
  • 21 August - participants arrive in Auckland
  • 22 August - Event in Auckland

Event Details:

Venue (tbc)

  • Central Auckland location
  • High appeal factor / natural light / café style format
  • Bespoke F&B
  • Close to public transport / parking
  • Limited 30-35 exhibitors approx.


  • Inbound operators, dmc’s, PCO & event planners, industry leaders.
  • Anticipate 130 guests across the duration

Event Format - Tuesday, 22 August:

  • 11.00am - Set up
  • 12 noon - Exhibitor lunch
  • 12.30pm - Event begins with lunch service ongoing. Session One - pre registered
  • 2.30pm - lunch cleared and afternoon refreshments. Session Two - pre registered
  • 4.30pm - Session Three - pre registered
  • 5.00pm - VIP guests arrive and evening refreshments
  • 7.00pm - Event closure

Objectives and Outcomes:

  • Engage with key staff from New Zealand’s leading inbound tour agencies.
  • Inspire, educate, and inform new staff, existing staff about your products and your experience.
  • Introduce new products, new pricing, changes or improvements to your services and experiences.
  • Connect on a personal level with the people who actively sell and promote your businesses to overseas wholesale and retail partners, from product management and travel advisors to agency owners.
  • Address, correct and challenge any misconceptions, bias or perceptions that agents may have about your product
  • Gain feedback and information regarding your products, competitors and complementary products.
  • Gain valuable insight onto market failures, opportunities, upcoming trends.
  • Increase agent ability and confidence in selling your products.
20 June, 2023
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