Unlock your potential and ignite your hospitality business

Ignite Hospo 2024 is designed specifically for Kiwi hospitality business owners to tackle industry challenges head-on. This event serves as your gateway to innovation and growth, connecting you with respected and inspirational local and international speakers and mentors, as well as a network of like-minded business owners and operators from across the Kiwi hospitality sector.

7 October 2024

Hyundai Marine Sports Centre | Auckland

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Set in a stunning Auckland waterside location that inspires creativity, Ignite Hospo 2024 features intimate, interactive fireside style chats, lightning talks, and many networking opportunities to learn from other like minded peers in the industry.

Keynote Speaker

Academy Chair - Oceania- for The World’s 50 Best Restaurants, Alexandra Carlton will keynote at Ignite Hospo 2024. With a career spanning two decades in journalism, Alexandra has covered a broad spectrum of topics from travel to women's issues to current affairs, but her primary passion has always been food.

At Ignite Hospo 2024, Alexandra will delve into the criteria for selection in one of the worlds most prestigious recognitions The World’s 50 Best Restaurants, offering invaluable insights into what makes an occasion or establishment memorable. She will discuss the factors that drive interest in new dining spots and what this means for New Zealand restaurateurs and establishments. With a keen eye on how Kiwis can shine on the world stage, Alexandra will explore the steps needed to achieve and maintain international recognition.

Live Campfire style conversations

Intimate, interactive fireside style chats—not just passive listening sessions—ensuring participants take away practical, tangible tools for their businesses.

  • Revenue Reimagined: Discovering and Developing New Income Streams

  • Peak Performance Playbook: Cultivating a Growth Mindset in Teams

  • Gen Z Unlocked: Strategies to Engage, Train, and Empower the New Generation

  • Financial literacy for workforces: Mastering Open Book Management for Long-Term Financial Viability​

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Experience the energy of Lightning Talks

Experience the power of impactful storytelling with Lightning Talks. Delivered by industry professionals, these short, focused presentations will entertain, inspire, and spark new ideas.

  • Albert Cho: A unique perspective

  • Unfinished Business: A Culinary Comeback

  • Revolutionizing Mental Health in Hospitality:

  • Navigating Failure: From Closed Kitchens to Bottled Success

  • The Food Cost Advantage: Proven Strategies for Maximising Profitability

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Flash Connect

Networking meets purposeful interaction. Designed to maximize your connections and stimulate meaningful conversations, Flash Connect sessions offer a dynamic platform for focused networking.

Fire inspired feast with Chef Nic Watt

Indulge in a culinary journey crafted by renowned Chef Nic Watt during our immersive event with a three-course sit-down wine matched lunch.

Ignite Hospo: Your pathway to success in the hospitality industry, bringing inspiration, learning, and community connection

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Discover your unique journey

We believe in the power of personalisation to create meaningful connections and experiences. That's why we're introducing a unique approach to attendee segmentation, tailored to individual values and aspirations. By inviting participants to complete a survey when registering or buying tickets, we aim to gain insight into their preferences, interests, and goals. This information will enable us to categorise attendees into distinct segments, each representing a community of like-minded individuals.

The registration survey only takes a few minutes, asking you to think about your business in ways you may not have done before. All information taken during the survey is private and confidential and will be stored and handled in accordance with the Privacy Act. Find out more about our Privacy Policy here.

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Register now to keep up to date with the latest announcements about Ignite Hospo, speakers, topics and ticket sales.

Ignite Hospo 2024 is not just an event—it's your gateway to unlocking the potential of your business and igniting a passion for innovation within the heart of New Zealand's hospitality sector. Join us and be part of the future of hospitality.

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