Sir Graham Henry announced as keynote speaker at the 2016 New Zealand Hotel Industry Conference, Auckland, 1-2 June

AUCKLAND, NEW ZEALAND, 2016-Apr-05 — /Travel PR News/ — Sir Graham Henry, the man who coached the All Blacks to World Cup glory and who knows better than most how to create a winning team culture, is a keynote speaker at the 2016 New Zealand Hotel Industry Conference, Auckland, 1-2 June.

“Sir Graham is an expert in team development, motivation and leadership and his insights are as applicable to the business environment as the sporting arena,” says Sally Attfield, Hotel Sector Manager at the Tourism Industry Association New Zealand (TIA), which co-hosts the annual conference with Horwath HTL.

“New Zealand’s valuable hotel sector is enjoying record results thanks to a buoyant tourism industry, and the focus of the conference will be very much on how to capitalise and build on that momentum.”

Keynote international speakers include Australia’s Mark McCrindle, one of the most expert demographers, futurists and social commentators on the world stage today and IHG’s Karin Sheppard. Ms Sheppard oversees the performance of around 70 hotels in Australia, New Zealand, Papua New Guinea and Japan across a range of brands including luxury, business and mid-scale.

Registrations opened today for the conference, the largest annual event dedicated to New Zealand’s valuable hotel sector.

“The conference will discuss and debate the big issues that can stimulate or stymie hotel sector growth, including infrastructure, investment and people and skills,” says Stephen Hamilton, Director, Horwath HTL.

“There will be keen interest in the investment panel discussion, which will look at the right time to invest in a new hotel, how to avoid the boom and bust cycle and the importance of getting the community on board,” says Stephen Hamilton, Director, Horwath HTL.

“Panellists include Sudesh Jhunjhnuwala, the owner and CEO of Sudima Hotels & Resorts. His hotel group controls approximately 800 hotel rooms across New Zealand and Australia and with further hotel development in the pipeline, he is very well placed to comment on both hotel ownership and investment.”

Sally Attfield says this is the premier annual event for New Zealand’s hotel sector.

“We are very excited by the high calibre of New Zealand and international speakers we’ve attracted to this year’s event. Last year’s conference was sold out, and we expect demand to be even higher this year.

“We are also very grateful to the support of our generous sponsors, including Platinum Sponsor AccorHotels.”

Go to to register and to see the programme and speaker line up.


TIA Hotel Sector
TIA’s Hotel Sector represents the interests of almost 140 members throughout New Zealand, including international chain, large independent and privately owned hotels. TIA hotel sector members employ 10,500 staff nationally, with annual revenues of more than $1.05 billion.

Horwath HTL
Horwath HTL Ltd is part of the global Horwath HTL hotel and tourism consulting group network comprising 45 offices in 38 countries. Horwath HTL is part of Crowe Horwath International, one of the 10 largest global networks of independent accounting and advisory firms with over 560 offices in over 100 countries worldwide.


For further information, please contact:

Ann-Marie Johnson
Communications Manager
Tourism Industry Association New Zealand
DDI: 04 496 5001
Mobile: 027 600 4565