TEC Conference 2017 to be held in Te Anau



Big benefits are set to come to the Fiordland region after it was announced that Distinction Hotels, supported by Destination Fiordland will host the 2017 Tourism Export Council Conference.

General Manager of the Distinction Hotel & Villas, Brent Stander says the team comprising Destination Fiordland, Steve Norris, Dawn Farrell and the Distinction team, who put in the bid to host the conference are rapt.  “This is fantastic.  It will bring the top New Zealand inbound holiday destination decision makers to the Fiordland region and give us and every tour operator in the region a real vehicle to promote the region,” he says. “We last hosted the TEC Conference (previously known as ITOC) in 1996 so we were well over due for the region to host again”.

Mr Stander says being awarded the conference was the culmination of years of hard work by the team who work closely with inbound operators educating them about the region. “We can’t underestimate how much value this conference means to us. It is an exciting opportunity to showcase the region and over the coming months we will be calling on other tourism operators in the region to be involved with pre and post conference familiarisation tours.”  Philippa Murrell, Tourism Marketing Manager of Destination Fiordland says that the team have worked hard to secure this conference in Te Anau, “we are delighted that we can show the inbound operators and other tourism operators and Regional Tourism Organisations (RTOs) from around New Zealand our wonderful destination and some true southern hospitality”.    

Mrs Immink says that getting tourism operators to different parts of the country is a key part in educating them on the attractions and activities on offer. “Fiordland is one of premier visitor destinations and we know that Distinction Hotels and Destination Fiordland will do a great job in ensuring that delegates from around New Zealand and overseas will see it at its very best.”

The dates for the conference are 16-18 August 2017. 

Tourism Export Council of New Zealand Background:

The Tourism Export Council of New Zealand is a trade association that has represented the interest of inbound tourism since 1971. It represents 1300 tour operators and suppliers throughout the country who package, distribute and market New Zealand tourism products and services internationally.


For more information, please contact:  lesley@tourismexportcouncil.org.nz

Lesley Immink Chief Executive – Tourism Export Council    Mob: 027 6644 836

Brent Stander: General Manager, Distinction Te Anau Hotel & Villas, brent.stander@distinctionteanau.co.nz

Philippa Murrell: Tourism Marketing Manager, Destination Fiordland, philippa@fiordland.org.nz