THE amalgamation between Hospitality New Zealand and the Motel Association of New Zealand has been formalised with the signing of the contract in Nelson at Hospitality New Zealand’s annual conference.

“After six months of really positive talks and working through the process to ensure we benefit all members across the entire industry, we are very pleased to have reached this moment,” National President of Hospitality New Zealand Adam Cunningham said.

The two associations’ boards are anticipating what the future holds. The combined current membership is in excess of 3300 members spread across New Zealand, combining all parts of the hospitality sector – including motels, hotels, cafes, bars, restaurants and retail beverages.

“This is also an opportunity to really support the accommodation sector with the launch of the Accommodation NZ brand within Hospitality New Zealand,” said Peter Nash, National President of MANZ.

“It’s about helping our current members get more support, resources, supply partnerships and a united voice both locally and at a national level. The future is very exciting and we look forward to the coming months whilst we operationalise this fantastic opportunity,” he added.