Rod Lawrence's Promotions Background
Rod has a diverse background in the business and visitor Industry.
After 20 years with Air New Zealand in the passenger services, sales roles, Rod moved on and gained experience in several key roles: Including as International Travel Agent, Mitchell Corp Hotel Group’s National Business Development Manager, Operating a distribution and sales service company representing nation- wide corporate venues, accommodation, and wineries.
In Tauranga Rod represented the region’s Industry in an elected Tourism Taskforce Team setup by Council/ Operators to recommend Industry solutions. Formed Destination Tauranga, a conference collective group of 20 operators and initiated product and representation at the annual Meetings Exhibition. Biz Info Manager for Bay Of Plenty, with the Chamber of Commerce, and YES (Young Enterprise Scheme) Manager, coordinating schools and their entrepreneurial products, local Schools won the Natiional Award Title for two years during this time. Other key Chamber Of Commerce functions including the Business After Five meetings. Marketing for Top Kid’s preschools in Tauranga and Auckland, initiating and creating a new Mount Manganui Toy Library building in partnerships with business, sponsorship and grants.
In the Southern Coromandel town of Waihi, Town Coordinator, responsible for visitor developments, events including the annual Outrageous Wearable Arts Event ,Business Community’s representative to Newmont Gold ( Mining company) Appointed to the Tourism Business School Industry Liaison committee for Bay Of Plenty Polytech.
Created the Akaroa District Promotions Marketing Manager’s position and promoted Akaroa for 2.5 years, mostly by funds by from Ministry Of Development Grants, creating new products and services.
Project Lyttelton wish to acknowledge the support of the following organisations assisting the funding of this new position
Christchurch and Canterbury Tourism , Tindall Foundtion , The Canterbury Community Trust , Christchurch City Council.