It has to be said that when a good idea comes your way often you can find yourself getting carried away. This was my drama when I saw a link between a New Zealand event in Europe and a Cultural Group who I knew would be on tour at the same time. Could I make all of this work where by the Cooks got brillant exposure at a NZ event and the group could perform amongst some of New Zealand finest, Shapeshifter, Warren Maxwell, Te Matare, Donna Deans, Flip Grater .. the list went on. Could I get Tourism and Business and Trade involved? Long story short yeap we did it and attended a Stellar event which was brlllant to be a part of.
So what is concerning me? Well the fact that when you jump too quickly you end up having to do all the work that infact some of the other people who are involved in the tour or executives or managers who love the title but are not into the work screw with you and you end up having to clean up their mess! On the road you end up with drama queens who really as adults should know better but behave badly and then expect you to stroke there ego's. You then come back to find agencies who agreed to pay for certain parts of trade now renegging! PEOPLE this does not make for companies like mine doing anything like this with you again. That does not mean we wouldn't create tours - we would, but we control it right from word go. I am not a control freak - well may be I am ... but I really have standards and believe in treating people as equals with a mature approach. Sadly on some of this Tour prior to our super duppa event with New Zealand, the behaviour of some and the organisation of the group and the festivals we attended was appalling.
So let's get this straight - If you are sending people to Europe or on any tour anywhere in the world, make sure you have negotiated all parts of the contract properly and all areas concerning responsbilites and obligations are clear.
And finally if you agree to supporting international relations and development of business by an external company who is prepared to do your work for your orgnisation, then pay the meagre amount you agreed too to support the project!
Anyone of the Motone crew and associated clever people who have admin rights!