Council to interview applicants

02:41, Nov 30 2012

The Marlborough District Council hopes to appoint its new regional events co-ordinator by Christmas.

Marlborough District Council strategic planning and economic development manager Neil Henry said the council had received 33 applications for the position from Marlborough and around the world.

Applications close on Friday and it hoped to begin interviews soon after and make an offer to someone by Christmas, he said.

When the person started in the role would depend on where they came from and how much notice they had to give, but the council was looking to have someone in place as soon as possible, he said.

At a seminar from the New Zealand Association of Events Professionals in Blenheim yesterday, Mr Henry told a group of event organisers and potential sponsors that events were a big part of the council's "smart and connected" strategy launched this year.

Mr Henry told the group of 22 people that Marlborough events had a lot of potential, but the council was concerned the region was not getting the best out of the events.

Marlborough could be an expensive place to get to, but much of the infrastructure needed to host great events was already in the region, he said.

The guests also discussed attracting sponsorship with Gemba Group general manager Richard Howarth, who researched and advised companies worldwide on sponsorship.