A Celebration of Tourism

Join us on 27 July 2018 for a day of celebrating tourism, networking, workshops, guest speaker, Tourism West Coast AGM and social function.

  • Meet and network with tourism operators.
  • Learn how to improve your business through hands-on workshops.
  • Be inspired by our surprise guest speaker.
  • See what Tourism West Coast has achieved for the year at the AGM.
  • Celebrate the tourism industry on the West Coast at the Monteith's social function.
  • Please park on the the roads around Monteith's on the day.

Register to attend

Register by Tuesday 24 July at the latest.

  • Phone: 03 768 6833.

Venue Details

Venue: Monteith's Brewery

Date: Friday 27 July 2018.

Time: 10am - 9pm.

Address: 60 Herbert Street, Greymouth, 7805.

Cost: $20 (can be paid on the day during on site registration. This will cover workshops, lunch, beverages and a free brewery tour for those interested at 4:30pm).


  • 10am: Official welcome.
  • 10:30am: Speech by Kauahi Ngapora from Whale Watch.
  • 10:50am: Ice breaker exercise.
  • 12pm-1pm: Lunch.
  • 1pm - 1:30pm: Surprise keynote speaker.
  • 3:30pm - 4:30pm: AGM meeting.
    Richard Benton: Annual report and accounts.
    Jim Little: 12 month activity report.
  • 5pm-9pm: After party and networking.


Beertopia Room

  • 11am: Tim Chesney
    Tips to make your website perform its best.
  • 11:30am: Samantha Hampson
    How to list on newzealand.com
  • 1:30pm: Ann-Marie Johnson
    Telling the tourism story to our communities.
  • 2pm: Fiona Hill
    Business Mentoring Programme.
  • 2:30pm: Trevor Willcock
    The new airport masterplan.
  • 3pm: Jie Li
    Alipay and Fliggy on the West Coast, how it will benefit your business.
  • 4:30pm: Megan Williams
    Sustainable Tourism.

Corner Bar Room

  • 11am: Bare Kiwi
    Social media influencers.
  • 11:30am: Steven Moe and Joseph Morris
    What do you do with customer data?
  • 1:30pm: Paul Trowell
    What does it mean to be Trade Ready?
  • 2pm: Jackie Gurden
    West Coast Wilderness Trail - Riding at the top.
  • 2:30pm: Natasha Barnes
    Lean UX and understanding your customer's needs.
  • 3pm: Ian Johnson
    Making a difference on purpose - telling compelling stories.
  • 4:30pm: Samantha Beneke
    Content buckets for social media.

Celebration of Tourism schedule

Deals for those attending A Celebration of Tourism

Kindly supported by the following businesses.


Ross Beach Top 10 Holiday Park

  • 5 Studio Apartment Pods available for $100 per pod for a couple or twin share. Call to reserve your pod.
  • Find out more about the Ross Beach Top 10 Holiday Park.
  • Sue & Andy Stile: 021 428566. 


Arahura Greenstone Tours

West Coast Treetop Walk & Cafe

  • Free of charge FAMIL for tourism industry members.
  • 50% discount for attendees who are not part of the tourism industry.
  • Conditions: Booking essential. Available over the weekend and by arrangement.
  • Find out more about the West Coast Treetop Walk & Cafe.
  • Vonnie Cherry: 03 755 5052 or sitemanager@treetopsnz.com

Fox Glacier Guides

Glacier Valley Eco Tours

Franz Josef Wildlife Centre

Garth Wilson Jade tour

One-on-one sessions

On Thursday 26 July, Samantha Hampson from Tourism New Zealand and Megan Williams from Tourism Industry Aotearoa will be available for one-on-one sessions with operators.

Samantha will work with operators on how to add listings and deals to Newzealand.com, and Megan will work with operators on sustainable tourism.

They will be based at the Tourism West Coast offices that day (100 Mackay Street, Greymouth), to register for a session, please email Alicia or give us a call by 24 July:

Our presenters

2018 Celebration of Tourism presenters

Samantha Hampson

Sam works in the digital team at Tourism New Zealand. As tourism database specialist, she manages the operation and development of the operator database – an industry specific website promoting New Zealand tourism products. With a Masters in Business Management, Sam can help you get the most out of your business listing on newzealand.com and give you the insight to capture your own referrals. 

Bare Kiwi

Kyle Mulinder is an adventurer, storyteller and digital influencer operating as Bare Kiwi. He mentors new influencers wanting to make it a full time career and works with businesses to develop successful social media strategies for their brands.  

Tim Chesney

Tim has been involved in almost every aspect of marketing, advertising and digital production over the past 15 years. From branding, strategy, campaigns, to mobile apps and websites. 

Natasha Barnes Dellaca

Natasha Barnes Dellaca is a founder of the EPIC Westport innovation hub. Natasha previously held research and design roles at CerebralFix and the Disarmament and Security Centre. Before working in the startup space, Natasha worked for governmental and non-government organisation in funding and policy advisory roles. 

Kauahi Ngapora

Kauahi is General Manager of Whale Watch Kaikōura (WWK), one of New Zealand’s leading and most recognised Māori tourism experiences and a multi-national and international award winning nature-based tourism company.  Kauahi was first employed by WWK at 15 and has moved through the ranks as a caregiver to a guide, skipper, trainer, supervisor, frontline manager and Chief Operating Officer.  

Jackie Gurden

Jackie Gurden is the Managing Director of Gurden Consulting Ltd. She's been involved professionally in strategic planning, project management and marketing for a wide range of economic, community, sport and recreation projects on the Coast for over 30 years. She has held a contract managing the Wilderness Trail for the last 18 months.  

Jie Li

Jie is developing a SOUTH store on Chinese Online Travel Agent Fliggy to allow tourism operators to sell directly to the Chinese FIT market. Before joining Christchurch International Airport in June 2018, he worked as China Marketing Executive for Christchurch & Canterbury Tourism/ChristchurchNZ for nearly 4 years.   

Fiona Hill

Fiona Hill is a member of Development West Coast’s Business Development Team.

They assist businesses to grow and innovate by providing advice and access to expertise, information and funding through their business toolbox.  

The Regional Business Partner Network is one of the key components of this partnering with New Zealand Trade and Enterprise, Callaghan Innovation and Business Mentors New Zealand.  

Trevor Willcock

Born in South Africa, Trevor completed qualifications in Hotel Management and Management Accounting. After immigrating to New Zealand, Trevor joined Redwood Group as General Manager of their property management company before being offered a position at Auckland International Airport as Commercial Manager of the airport. Early this year, Trevor joined Destination Westland as Chief Executive Officer. 

Ann-Marie Johnson

Ann-Marie’s job is all about communicating Tourism Industry Aotearoa’s work to members and promoting the economic and social value of the visitor industry to the wider public through working with media, Tourism Industry Aotearoa newsletters, website, magazine and other tools. 

Megan Williams

Megan has worked in the tourism industry nationally and internationally (Tourism NZ, Shotover Jet Fiji, the Cruise industry and TIANZ). She moved south in 2005 to become the General Manager of Sustainable Wanaka. Megan has been involved with government and private Sustainable Tourism Initiatives since 2002. She is a Director of Southern Tourism Ltd and a Board member of Lake Wanaka Tourism. 

Steven Mao

Steven Moe is a lawyer focused on helping companies with their business as well as early stage start-ups and social enterprises. He studied at Canterbury University, but has worked overseas in Japan, England and Australia. He is now is based in Christchurch working for Parry Field Lawyers

Joseph Morris

Joseph Morris is a lawyer who manages Parry Field Lawyers’ Hokitika Office and works with clients up and down the Coast. He has a particular interest in commercial/business and property matters, and dispute resolution. Having studied in Otago, he now resides in Hokitika with his wife and three children. 

Samantha Beneke

Sam has 10 years experience working in the digital media industry for companies such as Auckland Transport, Timaru District Council, Saltwater GIRL Magazine, The Edge radio station and The Rock radio station. She lives and breathes digital marketing, SEO, understanding the user need and content. 

Paul Trowell

Paul has 20 years experience in tourism and has spent most of his career in the successful promotion/marketing/communications of destinations to the International consumer and trade. He is currently Trade Development Manager for Tourism New Zealand supporting the development of a global trade strategy and account management.  

Ian Johnson

Ian comes from the near part of 40 years at the bloody end of the spear of delivering customer service in high volume businesses. As a manager, CE, owner operator and consultant he has actively participated in exploring every opportunity to exceed the expectation of the guests who have entrusted him with their hard-earned, leisure dollars.