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Mighty local know-how – and a little magic

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Experts, mighty locals and good listeners. That’s the winning combo Business Events Waikato delivers to any organisation, large or small, interested in staging an event in the Waikato region.

Business Events Waikato is an arm of Hamilton & Waikato Tourism (HWT). Aimee Tyson, who heads up the unit has extensive experience in tourism, sponsorships and events. She and her colleague Shellie Moses offer event planners advice that is free, but invaluable and impartial, for any conference, meeting, team incentive or event in the Waikato region. The assistance they provide is based on their on-the-ground knowledge and includes providing recommendations for venues, accommodation, pre and post experiences, organising site visits and sourcing quotes – and sometimes some magic too. Both are passionate about the world-class facilities and experiences on offer here, and as well as promoting the Waikato to business planners outside the region, they encourage local organisations to stage their events locally.

“We always like to say that there’s a bit of magic here in the Waikato too,” says Aimee. “People can hold a function underground in caves (Waitomo), enjoy New Zealand’s only working tea plantation (Zealong) or experience an event on a movie set (Hobbiton).” Importantly, she and Shellie know how to listen to what a client wants – and then ensure that precise needs and expectations are not just met but also exceeded. “Asking pertinent questions and listening carefully to the answers is crucial to really understanding what event planners are looking for,” says Aimee.

“We believe listening creates a feeling of respect, connection and goodwill – and what better way is there to start and continue the professional relationships we want to have with people keen to hold their business events in the Waikato.”

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