September 2018 saw the national i-SITE conference held at Shantytown with its opening at Arahura Marae. 140 delegates from every i-SITE in New Zealand attended the week-long annual event sponsored by Kiwi Rail, Great Journeys. As one of the key sponsors DWC contributed $7,500 towards the event.
Phillip Barnett, owner of the Greymouth i-SITE, says the event had a direct economic benefit of around $80,000 to the Coast just in accommodation spending alone.
“But a benefit to the region which is not captured in purely money value was the ability to showcase the region through the familiarization programmes ... What was pleasing was that all delegates left with a fantastic image and experiences from the West Coast."
“This event brought together the leading visitor market operators … creating many business opportunities for the future. It could not have been delivered if it had not been for the generous sponsorship from DWC for both this facilitated network event and their commitment to the conference across the three days,”
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