6 Companies to Pitch, 18 to Demo at Tourism Tech Expo

This coming Friday is Startup Queenstown Lakes’ first national profile event, taking place on 23 August at the Queenstown Memorial Centre.

Tourism Tech Expo 2019 is a showcase of some of the best tourism tech available in New Zealand and beyond.

The event is broken up into two main parts: a morning pitch session in front of a panel of investors and an afternoon demo session for tourism, hospitality, and accommodation professionals to learn about new technology.

Meet the 6 companies who are pitching

The morning investor session is going to be a blast. 6 companies have signed up to pitch, all of whom are in different stages of the business.

Learn more about the morning pitch session and what to expect here.

Featured Speaker: Ben Calder of Wherewolf

In addition to investor pitches and product demos, we are lucky to have Ben Calder, co-founder and CEO of Wherewolf, the app for adventure tourism operators speaking on building a global company.

Ben and the Wherewolf team have customers around the globe, and recently expanded offices from Queenstown to Denver in the U.S.

He will be sharing awesome insights into how integrations and partnerships, and a customer-centric focus, are key to building globally impactful tourism tech businesses.

You’ll need an all-day operator OR investor ticket to hear Ben speak. The General Admission ticket is for the afternoon only.

18 Companies Will Showcase Their Capabilities

Following lunch, 18 different companies from NZ, AU, and USA will be demoing how their technology platforms work for tourism, accommodation, and hospitality operators.

Each company will have 15-20 minutes on stage to highlight how businesses are using the technology to improve the customer experience, increase revenue, or run a more effective organisation.

Throughout the day there will be times to wander through the Exhibit Hall and meet with each of these companies one-on-one.

Which ticket is right for you?

Three different ticket options are available. You can purchase tickets via the event website or EventFinda.

  • Investor Ticket

    For those who interested in investing in tech opportunities and emerging companies. $99 including GST and all-day access to the programmes, plus morning tea, lunch, and an end of day social hour with drinks and canapes. You can add on additional members of your team for just $40.
  • Tourism Operator Ticket

    For those with a background in tourism or interested in how tech can be used in business. $99 including GST and all-day access to the programmes, plus morning tea, lunch, and an end of day social hour with drinks and canapes. You can add on additional members of your team for just $40.
  • General Admission Ticket

    This afternoon-only $59 ticket starts after lunch and allows you access to the Expo Hall, the demo showcase, and the evening social hour with canapes. You can bring one guest with you for an additional $40.

Volunteers Needed

We have a couple of shifts throughout the day we could use your help on. Running a video camera, customer check-in, event tear-down, and more. If you can spare an hour or two – your help would be greatly appreciated and will include free access for the day as a thank you! Volunteer now.

Media Partner

Be on the lookout at the event. Wanaka-based Tourism Ticker, the media leader for the tourism industry, will be on-site interviewing and meeting with members of the community during the event.

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