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Page 12 • MICEBTN - augusT-oCToBEr - 2016 NEW zEAlANd Record visitor spending in Nz LATEST data from NZ’s Ministry of Business, Innovation and Employment shows international visitor spending in the June 2106 year rose 18 per cent to a record NZ$10.3 billion, continuing a growth pattern that shows little sign of faltering. Not surprisingly, Australians spent the most: NZ$2.5 billion, up eight on the previous June year. Chinese visitors notched up a solid 33 per cent growth to nearly NZ$1.8 billion and Americans added almost NZ$1.1 billion to the NZ economy. Other big increases in percentage terms were Koreans (up 92 per cent) and Japanese (up 57 per cent), albeit from smaller bases. Paula Bennett, the associate minister of tourism, said the government and tourism sector were “focused on at- tracting more high spending visitors and these results show this is paying off ”. New service - a Chondola - to lift Cardrona numbers NEW Zealand’s ski industry is increasingly active in the conference and incentive sector, especially in the Southern Lakes region where Queenstown airport’s expansion and night flights capability have opened up a lot more traffic from Australia. One resort accessible from Queenstown – Cardrona - is investing heavily in a facility it believes will add a new dimension: A combined lift of gondola cabins and chairs which has already been dubbed the Chondola. Due for completion in time for the 2017 season, it will replace an existing chairlift. “Cardrona approached me with a unique problem to solve – they needed a high speed lift for all mountain users, regardless of ability,” explained Norbert Feuerstein of Doppelmayr Austria. “The solution was a mix of gondola cabins and chairs that they can customise depending on weather and other requirements.” Chondola, Cardrona Alpine Resort Cardrona Alpine Resort Sharma takes top hotel front office crown PAYAL Sharma of CityLife Auckland has been named receptionist of the year by the NZ wing of Amicale Internationale des Chefs de Récep- tion, a global association of luxury hotel front office managers. Candidates for the award were interviewed by a panel of five judges including previous winners. Sharma will represent NZ at the international receptionist of the year awards in Paris next February. CityLife Auckland is part of the Heritage Hotel group, rated 4.5 star by Qualmark. Payal Sharma Jet opens 60 rooms, conference centre JET Park Hotel, Auckland Airport recent- ly opened a new 250-person conference centre and a further 60 guest rooms, bringing the 4-star plus hotel’s room capacity to 222. The upgraded conference facilities now feature an ultra-modern multi-level conference complex complete with a ballroom, multiple conference rooms and a fifth floor complete with a private bar and extensive views to Rangitoto. The venue is close to Auckland Airport and offers complimentary 24-hour shut- tle bus, free car parking, and plenty of food and beverage options. Jee Jeevananthan, general manag- er Jet park Hotel said: “Our existing precinct is growing in popularity for meetings and our additional rooms are timely with the shortage of rooms in the area.” The business has achieved four star plus and Qualmark Enviro-Gold standard and won several awards over the years for excellence across different aspects of the operation. In November 2015 it also opened a hotel in Rotorua, Jet Park Hotel Rotorua.