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PM leads tourism line-up for Northland conference

Last updated 05:00 29/07/2009

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Prime Minister and Tourism Minister John Key leads an impressive line-up for the second annual Northland Tourism Conference.

The conference in September has the theme "realising our full potential".

It will end with the launch of InterCity Group’s $12 million new cruise vessel the Ipipiri.

In addition to Mr Key’s address on the future of tourism in New Zealand, other keynote speakers at the two-day conference will include Tourism New Zealand chief executive George Hickton, Air New Zealand deputy chief executive Norm Thompson and Tourism Industry Association chief executive Tim Cossar.

Northland-based presenters include the Department of Conservation’s Northland conservator Chris Jenkins and Northland Regional Council chief executive Ken Paterson who will speak on infrastructure and tourism.

Destination Northland chief executive Brian Roberts will speak on the organisation’s future direction and priorities.

The conference organiser is Northland Tourism Development Group.

Chairman Albert Lovell says there was no national tourism conference planned this year and Northland had benefited by being able to attract top-level speakers.

The conference on September 3 and 4 at the Copthorne Hotel and Resort in the Bay of Islands, follows last year’s conference that was well received and attracted around 150 people.

Tourism is the second-biggest contributor to the Northland economy, bringing in more than $650m in direct revenue each year and employing one-in-nine Northlanders.

For information on the conference visit www.northlandnz.com/information/operators/.

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