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Events in Southland have really kicked up a gear

Tom O'Leary Dec 12
Events in Southland have really kicked up a gear

A gowing reputation for delivering world-class events in southern New Zealand has seen tourism hub Transport World launch its own events and incentives company.

TW Events & Incentives has been established with the aim of continuing to grow Invercargill’s reputation as a leading events destination.

The new business will be helmed by events manager Adam Reinsfield, who has more than 15 years’ experience in the events and hospitality industry.

With an increasing number of organisations choosing to host their functions in Invercargill, the need for a standalone events and incentives company was clear, Adam says.“The team is on track to host more than 300 functions in 2019, with bookings coming from all around Australasia.”

“What has made our two spectacular venues, at Bill Richardson Transport World and Classic Motor-cycle Mecca, so popular is that guests can count on us to deliver that wow factor.

“Every aspect of the guest experience with us is world-class, from the quirky flourishes within our venues through to the catering and the way our team goes the extra mile. “We are proving to people up and down the country that they can expect an event that surpasses those held at venues in larger centres.”

The team behind the scenes has also played a significant role in creating that reputation, he says.Transport World executive director Jocelyn O’Donnell says demand for the events and incentives aspect of the business has grown rapidly.“

Launching as a standalone business will cement our position within the events and hospitality indus-try and we look forward to this side of our business continuing to expand.”

When Jocelyn originally began sketching out the building that would become Bill Richardson Trans-port World she had already envisaged including spaces for events and conferences.

Her meticulous planning to transform her father Bill Richardson’s appointment-only collection into a public attraction included visiting museums around the world to see what worked and what didn’t.

“I asked them if they could change anything, what would it be – and they all said they would have better events spaces,” Jocelyn says.It was a move that made sense.

“You’ve already got an amazing setting. You don’t have to dress it – it’s already dressed. Museums have such unique character about them and the atmosphere is already there.”

Visiting a range of other venues allowed her to take in details, such as the best places for door-ways to enable catering staff to work unobtrusively, finding the right air conditioning options and ensuring high-quality amenities such as audio-visual equipment were available.

“There was quite a bit of homework involved.“There was a lot of thought that went into setting it all up, because it’s not easy to change after-wards.” Ensuring the spaces were light and bright as well as versatile and flexible was also crucial.

“We wanted to be able to cater to a lot of different types of events, so the spaces needed to be able to be really flexible.

“We also wanted to be able to have a variety of break-out spaces available for some of those bigger conferences, so that was quite important too.”

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