Holiday Accommodation Park owners and managers are in Hamilton today with a clear ambition to improve more than 295 parks involved in HAPNZ.
It is the 50th Annual Conference of Holiday Accommodation Parks of New Zealand and products and ideas are being evaluated and shared by HAPNZ members old and new from the North and South Islands.
GoSeeNewZealand is new to the HAPNZ team but HAPNZ CEO Fergus Brown took the time to make sure our Angela, Graham and Alan felt welcome at their first HAPNZ conference as trade exhibitors.
Ian Smith has put three years in as HAPNZ President and retires this year, but he did not show any signs of slowing as he worked with members and welcomed Greg Lawrence the incoming CEO of the Family Parks chain to HAPNZ and Hamilton.
Greg is a force on the Family Parks stand at the conference backed up by owners and managers of the Trans Tasman chain.
Barbara and Ray Discuss benefits of Family Parks
Aussie Ray Octigan is also on deck as usual with Barbara to help with the Family Parks message.
Throughout the holiday parks in New Zealand you will find a whole range of different locations and experiences, Ian Smith said.
Opportunities exist to stay in a wide range of accommodation ranging from sites through to park motels. There is an opportunity to meet great people within our parks, both guests and owners and above all have a wonderful time, he said.
New Zealand's commercial Holiday parks make a growing contribution to the communities in which they are based.
More people are using Holiday Parks and they are staying longer. Over the past eight years the number of domestic and international guests at Holiday Parks has grown by 42 percent - an average of 5 percent per year, Ian Smith said.
Mark from DigiRez shows parkies his booking system
International visitors who stay in Holiday Parks tend to stay much longer in New Zealand - 33 night on average. This is 70 percent longer than the average among all accommodation sectors of 20 nights.
HAPNZ members commit to a code of conduct, both to the public and to HAPNZ:
They aim to provide a high standard of practice and courteous service to customers.
To be honest and fair in dealings with the public and in all business transactions.
To observe and uphold all statutes and regulations pertaining to the operation of a Holiday Accommodation Park.
To conduct and operate business in an environmentally responsible manner which offers the customer a quality experience and is in the best interests of the Holiday Accommodation Park industry.
The HAPNZ Conference in Hamilton continues until Friday, July 20.
Jumping Pillows and Berg Bikes are also demonstrated
Kristen from Windor Heritage and Gerard from Onsite Ensuites