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Upcoming HWT Industry Workshops

HWT have developed a varied range of workshops that we hope you will find beneficial.

Hamilton & Waikato Tourism are pleased to utilise part of our Tourism Support, Recovery and Reset (TSRR) funding to provide direct support to tourism operators in the mighty Waikato by offering capability building opportunities. The 2022 schedule of workshops including the HWT Industry Symposium will continue to be updated here.


Our industry symposium is an opportunity for you to hear the latest industry updates and re-connect with each other.

Our programme will include an update from Hamilton & Waikato Tourism along with industry-specific presentations for your learning and engagement and an operator lightning session.

Event details:
Date: Thursday 19 May
Time: 9.30am – 1.30pm
Location: SkyCity Hamilton, Waikato Room
RSVP: By 5pm, Wednesday 11 May 2022

Please click on the link below to register your interest to attend.

Register here


Digital Capability has been established by MBIE to provide additional support to operators, as part of the tourism recovery package, managed through Qualmark and Tourism New Zealand.

This programme has a practical focus, with content designed to help you understand more about your digital ecosystem with the aim of lifting the level of digital capability for the tourism industry.

Qualmark will be hosting three online workshops during May focusing on specific development areas to improve knowledge and practical capabilities, and implement using digital tools in the key areas of strategic digital marketing, Search Engine Optimisation (SEO), organic growth, website performance and online booking system audits, online advertising and paid media, social media content and creation, conversion optimisation, lead generation and measuring success.

Event Dates:

Tuesday 10 – Thursday 12 May: 10.00am – 12.00pm daily
Monday 16 – Wednesday 18 May: 9.00am – 11.00am daily
Monday 30 – Tuesday 31 May: 9.30am – 12.30pm daily

Location: Online

This is a great opportunity for you to get specialist, professional advice to develop your business’s digital capability. All tourism operators must register for the digital capability programme through the Qualmark website to attend the workshop.

Register here


This workshop has been developed for media spokespeople either new to the role, or existing people who want to brush up on their media skills for television, radio, online or print. Participants learn how to appear and feel confident during interviews, preparing for media interviews, how to ensure their points get reported and how to avoid being misquoted or taken out of context.

This is a practical workshop tailored for tourism operators which will also give you a chance to test your skills with our media experts.

Event Details

Date: TBC
Time: TBC
Location: TBC
Cost: Free

Register your interest here


Kirikiriroa – Hamilton Ambassador Programme is a course designed for people engaging with both New Zealand as well as international visitors who come to Hamilton and the wider Waikato. The purpose is to help create storytellers and ambassadors who can connect with people and authentically engage with what all New Zealanders understand as ‘manaakitanga’ and ‘kaitiakitanga’.

Event Details

Date: TBC
Time: TBC
Location: TBC
Cost: $30+GST per person

More information here


‘Digital’ doesn’t have to be intimidating. It’s here to make life easy! So whatever stage you’re at, they’ll help you use digital to do business smarter.

The Government-backed Digital Boost Skills Training and Support programme is designed to provide small businesses with training in the benefits of becoming a digital business. It has been designed by small business – for small business and it’s free! Register to access the training modules and other great resources.

Check out the free online courses, taught by experts, for Kiwis like you.

More information here