The notion that a stranger can soon become a friend after a conversation and a meal is the concept behind Tourism New Zealand’s stand at the IMEX trade show in Frankfurt earlier this month. Convention planners could enjoy a kōrero (conversation) and kai (food) at a dining table intricately designed and carved from ancient reclaimed swamp kauri by the New Zealand Māori Arts and Crafts Institute (NZMACI) to reflect Māori hospitality traditions that have shaped contemporary New Zealand culture.
The table has been made in two pieces. One part will remain in New Zealand and the other will travel around the world, both joined together in Frankfurt. “The kōrero and kai table is a powerful symbol of how New Zealand welcomes strangers and makes them feel at home. It also acts as an invitation to the world to come and experience New Zealand’s beauty and our warm hospitality for themselves,” says Lisa Gardiner, Manager of Business Events and Premium at Tourism New Zealand.