Industry Events & Activities

HWT Industry Symposium - November 2023

HWT will be holding a symposium for industry on Wednesday 15 November 2023. Register now


Join us at The Red Barn for an afternoon of networking and knowledge-sharing. Hear the latest industry updates, insights and trends from expert keynote speakers and innovative businesses shaping the future of tourism in the beautiful Waikato region.

Event details:
Date: Wednesday 15 November 2023
Time: 2.00pm – 5.30pm
Transfer: Complimentary bus transfer departs Hamilton Airport at 1.00pm (bookings essential)
Location: The Red Barn, 5786 State Highway 29, Karapiro
Cost: $35 per person (plus booking fee) + free bus transfer available departing Hamilton Airport

Please note this symposium is only available to businesses and tourism operators operating within the Hamilton & Waikato Tourism RTO boundaries.


The Hamilton & Waikato Tourism Industry Symposium is an exciting and informative event that brings together key players, stakeholders, and enthusiasts from the tourism sector. Held at the picturesque venue of The Red Barn in Karapiro, this symposium promises to be an afternoon of networking, knowledge-sharing, and exploring new opportunities within the industry.

Keynote Speakers:

Uncover the latest industry updates and trends as our expert keynote speakers share their insights during concise and engaging presentations.

  • Tourism New Zealand
  • Hamilton Waikato Tourism
  • Aotearoa Circle

Introducing New Businesses & Developments:

Be introduced to innovative and exciting new businesses and developments that are making their mark on the tourism industry. Witness their unique offerings and fresh ideas.

  • Ōtorohanga Kiwi House
  • MADE
  • Pōkeno Whisky

Networking Opportunities

Connect with like-minded professionals, influential leaders, and potential collaborators in the tourism sector. Forge valuable connections that can lead to future partnerships and business growth. The networking session provides a sneak peek look into the beauty and charm of the recently renovated Red Barn venue.
Join us for an afternoon of inspiration, knowledge-sharing, and networking as we shape the future of tourism in the mighty Waikato. Don't miss this opportunity to be part of a transformative event that will leave you energized and prepared for the exciting times ahead.

Refund Policy:

We understand that circumstances may change, and we want to ensure a fair and transparent refund process for all attendees of Hamilton & Waikato Tourism activities. Please read the following refund policy carefully:

  1. Cancellation and Refund Requests:
    If you wish to cancel your registration and request a refund, please submit your request in writing via email to The date on which the email is received will determine the eligibility of the refund according to the following terms:
  2. Refund Timeline:
    - Requests received on or before Wednesday 1 November 2023 (14 days before the event) will be eligible for a full refund, minus any applicable processing fees.
    - Requests received after Wednesday 1 November 2023 and up to Wednesday 8 November 2023 (7 days before the event) will be eligible for a 50% refund, minus any applicable processing fees.
    - No refunds will be issued for cancellations received less than 7 days before the event's start date or for no-shows on the event day.
  3. Transfer of Registration:
    If you are unable to attend but would like to transfer your registration to another person, please notify Tash at with the new attendee's name and contact details. Transfers can be made up until 48 hours before the event.
  4. Event Cancellation:
    In the unlikely event is cancelled by the organizers, all registered attendees will be entitled to a full refund of their registration fee.
  5. Processing Fees:
    Please note that any applicable processing fees (transaction fees) associated with the initial registration and subsequent refund will be deducted from the refunded amount.
  6. Refund Disbursement:
    Refunds will be processed within 14 days from the date the refund request is approved. The refund will be made using the same method of payment used during the registration process.

We appreciate your understanding and cooperation with our refund policy. If you have any questions or concerns, please feel free to contact us at