30 CONFERENCE & EVENTS WAIKATO BUSINESS NEWS, AUGUST/SEPTEMBER <strong>2023</strong> FIFA Women’s World Cup highlights positive power of events The success of the FIFA Women’s World Cup in New Zealand and Australia provides a copybook example of how well-run events can have a positive impact and leave a lasting legacy, says Aimee Tyson, Events Manager for Hamilton & <strong>Waikato</strong> Tourism. Hamilton hosted five matches as part of the tournament, attracting tens of thousands of fans who provided vibrancy and a welcome boost to tourism spend across <strong>Waikato</strong>. But beyond the economic benefits, the tournament also made a positive impact in a range of other areas, Tyson says. “It fostered inclusion and opened the door for important discussions around pay parity between male and female athletes. It encouraged environmental awareness through achievement of green building certification by all participating stadiums and initiatives like tree planting days for fans, and respect for and awareness of Māori culture through pōwhiri welcoming players and fans at matches in New Zealand.” Preparations for the tournament led to upgrades to the changing rooms of 30 Meet in your own backyard! stadiums and community sporting facilities that hosted visiting teams, resulting in individual rather than communal showers and conversion of urinals into gender neutral bathroom facilities. Ultimately, this has created a more inclusive environment for many of our current and future female athletes, Tyson says. “The FIFA Women’s World Cup is massive but the way it was organised this year, with a commitment to leaving a legacy for New Zealand and Australia, is an example of how event planners of today are working to ensure their events can be a force for good.” Tyson says event managers and tourism operators alike are embracing regenerative tourism, a concept that is part of New Zealand’s Tourism Industry Transformation Plan. While turning a profit is important for the sustainability of any event, she says the industry is acutely aware that maintaining community support requires their events to contribute across all four well-beings – cultural, societal and environmental, as well as economic. This more enlightened thinking is becoming commonplace for events of all sizes, from sports events and music festivals to trade shows and conferences. “We’re seeing some impressive initiatives from conference organisers who are bringing their events to the <strong>Waikato</strong>. There’s a strong desire to celebrate and support host communities and conference organisers are putting huge efforts into offering low-carbon activities or options.” Rather than providing a bottle of wine or another conventional gift for a speaker at an event, some conference organisers are now expressing their thanks by donating to a local community group of the speaker’s choice, Tyson says. Other common initiatives include field trips to exchange knowledge or take part in activities such as tree planting, community engagement by international speakers who are attending events, and sourcing of food, drink and other supplies from the local region. Be a mighty local! The <strong>Waikato</strong> has award winning venues, unique attractions and a proven track record for delivering exceptional events. To book with a local supplier or to find out more visit meetwaikato.com With Covid-19 restrictions behind us and what we hope will be a record event season heating up, Hamilton and <strong>Waikato</strong> are well placed to enjoy the benefits.
Nick Juett has had an exceptional career in hospitality Find out about what brought him to the <strong>Waikato</strong> to manage JetPark Hamilton Airport Hotel. Q Tell us a bit about yourself & your experience? A Originally from the United Kingdom, I began my career at the Haven Hotel and worked my way up to general manager for the hotel. After I gained a wealth of knowledge, my passion for travel took me elsewhere and I have worked for many years as hotel manager in many countries including the Caribbean, the Philippines, Vietnam, Turkey, Italy, India, Fiji, and now New Zealand. Q What brought you to the <strong>Waikato</strong>? A I have a great love for travel and have been lucky to find a career that has let me travel to so many beautiful places in the world. New Zealand is a gorgeous country so, naturally, it was on the list of destinations for me. And of course, my wife is a Kiwi. Q What inspired you to pursue a career in hotel management? A I was inspired by a combination of personal interests and experiences. My interest with hotel management grew as I had the opportunity to travel and stay in different hotels. I observed the impact that a well-managed hotel can have on a traveller’s overall experience and learned that it’s not just about the accommodation, but creating a seamless, enjoyable experience. Q Why do you enjoy managing the JetPark Hamilton Airport Hotel? A I truly enjoy the day-to-day operations that come with running a hotel and have a WAIKATO BUSINESS NEWS, AUGUST/SEPTEMBER <strong>2023</strong> CONFERENCE & EVENTS 31 true commitment to guest satisfaction. The dynamic nature of the hotel industry creates new challenges and opportunities continuously and I love getting to meet so many people with such diverse backgrounds. My staff and their development are also a key component to what drives me and the promotion of the local area as a desirable and versatile destination is what makes working at JetPark Hamilton Airport Hotel so worthwhile. Q How does the hotel engage with and contribute to the local community? A JetPark Hotels are all about community, which is another reason it’s such a wonderful place to work. JetPark Hotels support the Make-A-Wish foundation, Animal Welfare Fellowship, Women’s Refuge, Dress for Success and more. On top of these charities the hotel group supports, JetPark Hamilton supports other community organisations such as the NZ Blood Services blood drive we are hosting this October. Q With the growing demand for responsible and green travel, are there any sustainability or ecofriendly practices your hotel has implemented? A JetPark Hotels and JetPark Hamilton Airport Hotel are doing our part to help keep our country green. Here at JetPark Hamilton, we have removed all single use products, made sure all our packaging is ecofriendly, use low energy lighting, eco-friendly metal pens, and we have glass milk bottles from Raglan’s Dreamview Creamery in every room. We are all for helping each travel reduce their carbon footprint. Q Can you share a memorable guest testimonial or feedback story? A Is it corny if I say there are too many? There’s many that stand out, so I guess I’ll talk to our most recent event here at the hotel. They wrote a beautiful thank you letter to the team as their event was a marvellous success. Q What is your vision for JetPark Hamilton and The Propeller Restaurant and Bar what would you like to see for the Hamilton property? A JetPark Hamilton Airport Hotel has so much to offer. I would love to see our conferencing sector gain even more traction including adding weddings to our register. We also have a wonderful bistro, Propeller Restaurant & Bar, and we are currently working on a new and innovative menu to satisfy all those traveling as well as be a lunch/dinner destination for the locals. The list goes on as there’s multiple ways this hotel can continue to grow and succeed. Q Anything else you’d like to add? A If you haven’t made it out to JetPark for a meal, a night’s stay or an event, I hope you keep us in mind and stop in to visit! Find out more about JetPark at jetparkhamilton.co.nz.