The Future of Agritourism Symposium was held in Kaikoura, NZ on the 9th and 10th of June 2021.
The aim was to bring together innovators and leaders to discuss and learn about the opportunities of agritourism. I was honoured to be invited to speak about future agritourism trends and to introduce the Agritourism NZ Network.
The symposium was led by Lincoln University Senior Lecturer in Tourism Management Jo Fountain and Quality Tourism Managing Director Craig Wilson and marks the culmination of the Beef+Lamb Post Quake Farming project’s agritourism stream, which funded the event.
The day was filled with inspirational speakers ranging from keynote speaker Dan Steel from Blue Duck Station to a range of local agritourism innovators, Regional Tourism Organisations. There were three panel discussions; local innovations, latest learnings and looking forward.
Craig Wilson launched the 'Agritourism in NZ' guide, which will be linked to the resources page on this website.
I spoke to several people at the end of the day and they all agreed they felt motivated and inspired at the end of the day.
The day was concluded with a lovely dinner - great for networking! The following day there were several field tours to chose from.
All in all a great success and a credit to the organisers and everyone involved!
The winners of a night at the beautiful Cascade Creek Retreat near Milton (Otago) are Rose & Will Parsons from Driftwood Eco Tours. Congrats!