Auckland’s growing conventions market has led to two new appointments at the organisation which manages the city’s top venues.
Auckland Conventions Venues and Events, which runs the Viaduct Events Centre, Aotea Centre, Auckland Town Hall, Auckland Art Gallery, Auckland Zoo, Mt Smart Stadium, Bruce Mason Centre and The Civic announced the appointment of Andrea Breton as Marketing Manager and Linda Holmes as Sales and Event Planner.
Director of Auckland Conventions Venues and Events Mohamed Mansour says the appointments are a reflection of the organisation’s commitment to hiring the best people to promote Auckland’s best venues.
“Andrea and Linda bring great experience as well as new skills that will assist in the growth of Auckland as a premier convention city.”
Auckland Conventions Venues and Events have appointed Andrea Breton to the role of Marketing Manager. The newly-created position will sit alongside the four other managerial posts at the organisation, which is a division of the council controlled Regional Facilities Auckland.
As well as extensive marketing experience, Andrea brings an in-depth knowledge of the Auckland convention industry. She has worked since 2007 with the Auckland Conventions Bureau (ACB) – a not-for-profit division of Auckland Tourism, Events and Economic Development (ATEED). Andrea’s time at ACB included a range of roles, from Sales and Marketing to Project Management and Business Development.
“I’m looking forward to the challenge of a newly created role, and I’m excited about working with such iconic Auckland venues”, says Andrea.
Andrea takes up her new role on May 19th.
Another new addition to the Auckland Conventions Venues and Events staff is Linda Holmes who has been appointed as Sales and Events Planner.
Linda joins a market-leading team of eight Sales and Event Planning professionals and brings with her over nine years of sales experience, predominantly in the wine industry.
While she agrees that her extensive knowledge of the food and beverage sector meant a move to event planning was a logical step, it was a recent stint with Volunteer Projects Abroad working with children in Ghana that was the catalyst for a new direction.
“After returning from Ghana it really hit home just how amazing our city is, and it’s a great privilege to promote its best venues”, says Linda.
Linda took up the position on April 22nd.