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Meet. Play. Sleep.

Vodafone Event Centre’s sales team will be hard to miss at two upcoming MICE tradeshows – Convene (being held at the centre) on April 10, and MEETINGS on May 30-31.

The name of their campaign, Meet. Play. Sleep. will be emblazoned across the six-stand exhibit space and the mood will be celebratory.

“Our venue is bursting with opportunities,” says Second Nature Charitable Trust (SNCT) chief operating officer Karyn Spencer.

Along with its family of quality partners, Vodafone Event Centre proudly announces zero logistics for event organisers when the Ramada Pacific Hotel & Suites Manukau opens for business mid-2019.

Other quality partners include Austin’s Food Design Events and Multi-Media Systems Ltd.

“These developments mean total ease for event organisers and attendees,” Spencer says.

“Delegates attend conference during the day; then network or perhaps something more physical.

“How about a team-building white water raft experience at Vector Wero Whitewater Park just 50 metres away from your meeting room, then a short stroll across the car park back to your room, to change for the gala dinner.”

Nineteen months ago, extra conference, event and meetings capacity was added – the Sir Noel Robinson Conference Centre connected to Vodafone Events Centre (VEC).

“This is the outrigger to our waka, the waka being the events centre, and the market is really responding to the additional conference space. Ramada has further strengthened the centre’s value to the industry.”

Expected to open mid-2019 with reservations opening in the New Year, the Ramada will offer 200 beds with a configuration of 85 hotels rooms and 67 serviced apartment suites.

Auckland city’s accommodation squeeze is great news for Auckland South and the Vodafone Events Centre in particular, Spencer says.

“Companies conduct business outside of the CBD and Ramada is capitalising absolutely on that. With the centre adjacent to the Auckland Airport, with direct access of two major motorways, people no longer have to battle the traffic into the congested CBD.”

Multi-Media’s managing director, Damian Wong, says Austin’s and Multi-Media have been part of the VEC family since the venue opened in 2005.

“The key to our continued success is that we’re not just suppliers to VEC but partners, with a similar business ethos around clients receiving the best service.”

Austin’s general manger Olwyn Morgan agrees and says, “Vodafone Events Centre and Vector Wero Whitewater Park are already extremely popular and having a hotel on-site will only add to the growing popularity.”

At Convene, Austin’s is focussing on local seasonal produce and international flavours, especially Asian fusion.

There will be fun food stations for guests as they enjoy a taster of new executive chef John Nicholson’s flavour vision.

“Restaurant quality dishes will be served across all events, no matter the size of the event,” Morgan says.

The Second Nature Charitable Trust are the proud custodians on behalf of the community of the Vodafone Events Centre and Vector Wero Whitewater Park.

A core principle of the Trust is a social enterprise model that invests corporate dollars directly back into the development of Auckland’s young people, which is already making a difference. “One of yours for one of ours.”

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