Shaping the Future of NZ’s Hospitality Industry


Taking place over the 8th and 9th of September at The Trusts Arena in Auckland, the Hospitality Summit is where New Zealand’s $11billion industry will gather as a community to share, discover and explore the trends shaping the future of the industry.

The theme of this year’s Summit is Building Forward. We all know it has been a challenging time for the industry and Hospitality NZ’s goal for the Summit is to provide the Kiwi sector with information, innovations, data, and solutions to face these challenges. Building forward for a stronger more sustainable industry for all businesses regardless of region or market segment.

The Hospitality New Zealand team has carefully selected some great speakers who will address the relevant and critical topics that are specific to the Accommodation sector as well as the Food and Beverage side of hospitality. In conjunction with NZChefs there will be a spectacular TradeExpo to search through tasting, discovering, and demoing the latest that the industry has to offer.

Summit Speakers

Danny Meyer is a New York City restaurateur and the chief executive officer of the Union Square Hospitality Group.

In 1985, at the age of 27, Meyer opened his first restaurant, Union Square Cafe. He focused heavily on customer satisfaction, laying the groundwork for his 2006 New York Times bestseller Setting the Table, which looks at the power of hospitality in restaurants, business, and life.

Danny will be speaking on day 2 of the summit as a part of the Hospitality Think Tank providing an international lens to COVID recovery.

Mike King is the 2019 New Zealander of the Year, television personality, comedian and more prominently an advocate for mental health through his work with I AM HOPE.

Mike is better known for his work as a prominent mental health educator with the work he does under his charity The Key to Life Charitable Trust, which aims to reverse the population trends of depression and suicide by effecting a positive social change.

Mike will be speaking on day 2 of the summit as a part of the Hospitality Think Tank address one of the most pressing issues for our industry around well-being and fatigue.

Think Tanks

The Food and Beverage Think Tank is targeted at owners, operators and managers of cafés, bars, restaurants, and similar businesses. After a challenging year, it is time for our industry to work together to ensure that businesses do not just survive but thrive over the months ahead.

This Think Tank brings together the best and brightest in the field – food and beverage executives gathering with others in the industry for a series of seminars, workshops, networking, and the latest information on future-proofing business.

The Accommodation Think Tank is designed to foster discussion between hotel, motels, and other accommodation industry operators and key stakeholders. The primary focus is on learning the tools of the trade, hearing successful strategies, and getting an overview of what the market looks like, alongside the ability to network with collaborators.

The Accommodation Think Tank will include respected speakers and unique networking opportunities. Attendees will have the opportunity to connect with speakers, hear about the latest industry trends and discuss the changing accommodation sector and evolving expectations of guests.

Following the dedicated Food and Beverage and Accommodation Think Tanks on day 1, the industry will be brought together for the Hospitality Think Tank. These seminars will focus on the wider hospitality industry and cover the key ideas that unite all our diverse business sectors.

HospoWeek Social Events

Of course, it can’t be all work and no play! Throughout HospoWeek there will be a range of social network events for you to attend. Some are ticketed, but some are open to all delegates. These include Hospo Night 2021 hosted by Weta Workshop Unleashed and the Hospitality Awards for Excellence Black Tie Awards dinner.

Don’t miss this must-attend Summit! For more information, visit

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