close up of a colourful table spread of food and flowersHundreds of international tourism operators were treated to a taste of the delights of Selwyn last week.

Visitors from over 300 tourism companies from around the world got a chance to experience Selwyn at the TRENZ conference in Ōtautahi Christchurch last week.

Back in Canterbury for the first time in 17 years, the prestigious tourism event offered Selwyn businesses a chance to promote the district to over 1500 event attendees from 25 different countries.

The Council and tourism businesses in Selwyn combined to host a stall at the conference. They also hosted morning tea for the guests during one morning of the four-day event, where attendees were able to sample dishes made with fresh Selwyn ingredients, while learning more about the district and tourism destinations on offer.

People sitting at tables in a conference hall with posters of images on walls behind herThey also worked together to host a day out in Selwyn where companies were able to experience some of what the district has to offer, from hot air ballooning and jet boating to hearing from food producers and accommodation.

Being at the event helped make some great connections and saw many companies committing to bring new visitors to Selwyn, Council Head of Community & Economic Development Clare Quirke says.
“We were absolutely blown away by the positive comments and every single buyer we talked to said they were looking to bring people to Selwyn. We spoke to people from Finland, Thailand, Canada, across Europe and other parts of the world. They were excited because they are always looking for new products and for a point of difference to other operators.”

Last modified: 15 May 2023 4:07pm