30 October 2023

NZICC Grows Sales Team with focus on New Zealand Market

30 October 2023 — The New Zealand International Convention Centre (NZICC) has appointed three new sales professionals who will focus exclusively on growing the domestic events market.

NZICC Director of Sales & Planning, Alana Bicknell says, "We are delighted to be growing our domestic sales team, increasing our ability to partner with important local clients across Aotearoa".

“Driving business within New Zealand is of utmost importance to the success of the NZICC, so it was vital that we built an experienced team that has a strong focus on client experience”.

Josephine Hutton – Associate Director of Sales, New Zealand

Josephine Hutton joins the NZICC team as Associate Director of Sales where she will oversee the domestic sales team. Josephine’s most recent role was as Sales Manager for SkyCity Auckland. She has previously held roles at Stamford Auckland, and The Langham Auckland.

Sheena Zheng – Sales Manager – Associations & Government

Sheena Zheng joins the NZICC team from Auckland Conventions, Venues and Events, where she currently holds the role of Business Development Manager. Sheena will be the account manager responsible for generating business from the New Zealand association and Government markets.

Natasha Sikivou – Sales Manager – Corporate & Special Events

Natasha Sikivou joins the NZICC team as the Corporate and Special Events Sales Manager, a role which sees her promoted from Events Executive, a role she has held at SkyCity Auckland since May 2021. In her new position, Natasha will be partnering with New Zealand corporates, promoters, and exhibition organisers for future bookings at NZICC.

The NZICC’s New Zealand Sales team will be available for domestic booking enquiries from the 1st of November 2023, for events to take place from July 2025, with an official opening month to be confirmed next year. For enquiries, please email the team at kiaora@nzicc.co.nz


For media inquiries, please contact

Tracey Ha, Director of Customer Experience


About NZICC:

Once operational, NZICC is expected to attract 33,000 international business events visitors to New Zealand. These visitors represent the highest daily yield of any sector of the tourism industry and will contribute $90 million in economic impact. NZICC will also drive a legacy programme alongside conference and event organisers to contribute social impact for the Tāmaki Makaurau Auckland community.