Opera singers and a surprise on-stage gala dinner during the CINZ Annual Conference was followed by CINZ chief executive Sue Sullivan presenting Millennium and Copthorne Hotels, director of sales, conferences and incentives, Australia and New Zealand Alison Smith with the 2015 CINZ Outstanding Contributor Award.

Held at the remarkably rebuilt and restored Isaac Theatre Royal, Christchurch, Sullivan said Sue had for more than 25 years forged strong industry relationships both in New Zealand and offshore. “She is a legend within our industry – a long-term Platinum Board member of CINZ.”

“Alison,” she continued, “has made a very significant contribution in developing the market, and people, and increasing domestic and international delegate arrivals for business events.”

The three-course dinner for 120 on the chandelier hung stage, featured local Canterbury produce created and served by Continental.

The Outstanding Contributor Award was sponsored by David Hall and Hunter’s Wines and Jeremy Adsett from Hunter’s Wines.