During the past twelve months we have had contact with the Marlborough Convention Centre and the Scenic Hotel Marlborough. I have personally been involved in organising the dinner for 360 people. We also had accommodation organised for the Senior members of the Society, at the Hotel, plus they had their AGM Executive meeting and ladies afternoon tea there.
We worked with Michael for the start and due to him being unavailable we were in contact with Melissa for the rest of the time. We can only praise them as they were fantastic to work with and they accommodated every possible event that we would encounter. They were very professional in the way they carried out their responsibilities.
From the food, decorations, seating and organising the technology requirements, nothing was a problem. We had every confidence that our Convention would be a success, and it was.
The attendees commented on the venues, meals and service. We would highly recommend anyone use these facilities and staff anytime they have an event to organise.
Trish Hildyard - Hospitality Convenor
We held a Charity Event at the Marlborough Convention Centre in November. We were planning the event from outside the region so there was a lot of elements that we needed assistance with. Michael and Melissa truly went over and above in regards to how they assisted us with the planning of the event. We emailed them numerous times asking advice on different suppliers throughout the area. They were always happy to help and very prompt. I felt completely at ease dealing with them. On the actual night the event could not have gone any better we were absolutely delighted with everything. The setup, food, service and general overall execution of the event was incredible. We were so happy we have already booked to go back in 2017.
Personally as an Event Manager we deal with hundreds of different venues and suppliers on a regular basis and I truly couldn’t speak highly enough of both Michael and Melissa they truly are an asset to the venue. We can't wait to return for our 2017 event and know without a doubt that once again it will be an incredibly well run event.
Rebecca Tacon - Event Manager at Planit Events
In August 2016 we held the Romeo Bragato Conference at the Marlborough Convention Centre and the ASB Theatre. The Marlborough Convention Centre involvement included the trade area for 70 sites and catering for around 580 pax.
I started this project with Michael and Melissa over 12 months before the event. From the outset the communication was flawless – it was prompt, efficient and precise. In the closer lead up to the conference, they were highly effective with approving documents such as sponsors handbooks, final trade layouts, etc.
We had many phone calls pre-conference, both Michael and Melissa were a pleasure to talk with, and in the pre-conference meetings they were both impeccably prepared.
I have worked with a large number of venues in my 11 years of conferencing. This is one of the best teams I have worked with. They anticipated our needs and helped where we were not expecting it. We’ve had excellent feedback on the catering. One diabetic made a point of asking me to thank the team for taking such good care of his requirements. In all – the whole team were great to work with. I would not hesitate to recommend this venue to any potential users.
Karen McLean - Conference Organiser
We wanted to thank you once again for your excellent hosting of our Senior Building Control Officers’ Forum last week at the Marlborough Convention Centre.
From an Events Management perspective, you were both incredibly supportive and flexible – always responding to our requests quickly with a friendly and professional manner. The accommodation system was easy to use and none of our delegates seemed to have problems with it (as I never heard anything!). The range of accommodation on offer was also fantastic. Our National Office staff, Board and speakers received excellent customer service at the Scenic hotel. This made the organising of the event as easy as possible and ensured the best outcome. During the event, you were both always on hand to help where needed, and again your professionalism and friendly manner shone through. Working with you both was a genuine pleasure and everyone at National Conference is in agreement that this was the easiest and most enjoyable conference they have organised. We’ve had particularly good feedback from the delegates too about the food that was provided by the caterers – especially the seafood lunch on the last day. Many people told us that this was the best lunch they’ve ever had at a conference. We are incredibly grateful for all your hard work in making sure our Forum was an enjoyable experience for our members and National Office. We hope to use the Convention Centre again in the future.
Janine - Marketing and Events Manager, Building Officials Institute of NZ
We held our annual RSE Conference at the Marlborough Convention Centre in July 2017. Not only was I planning the conference from outside of the region having never held this particular conference in Marlborough (or in fact the South Island), as the tenth anniversary conference we were anticipating as many as double the number of delegates to previous years. There were a great number of elements that I needed assistance with, and Michael and Melissa were absolutely phenomenal in their assistance with the planning and running of the event, both in the lead up and over the two days. Their regional advice on suppliers for things as far reaching as AV and regional wine tours took all the stress and most of the work out of my hands. The actual event itself, including a large gala dinner also held at the Convention Centre, could not have gone better, even when as many as 50 unregistered delegates turned up unannounced! The facilities at the Marlborough Convention Centre including the on-site catering are of the highest standard and I cannot recommend them highly enough. I look forward to bringing this and other industry conferences back to the Marlborough Convention Centre.
Eve Williams - Horticulture New Zealand
When looking for a venue in Marlborough for the 2017 New Zealand Veterinary Association the Marlborough Convention Centre was the ideal choice. The venue had a large registration and foyer area for delegates to relax and enjoy the quiet, the large conference rooms allowed enough space for everyone, and the flow to the exhibition hall was seamless. Right from the start the staff (especially Michael and Melissa) take care of all our needs seamlessly – nothing was a problem. The catering was amazing – the delegates and exhibitors couldn’t stop talking about the quality of the food!! I would highly recommend using the Marlborough Convention Centre for any event.
Leanne Fecser – Head of Continuing Education and Events, New Zealand Veterinary Association