Te Papa has appointed Marna van Blerk as their new Head of Sales and Commercial. With over two decades of experience, Marna brings a wealth of expertise to her role, where she will play a crucial part in overseeing the business needs of both Te Papa and Tākina Events.
In her previous role as the Director of Sales, Marketing, and Revenue for the iconic InterContinental Wellington part of IHG Hotels & Resorts, Marna demonstrated strong leadership and strategic insight over a commendable six-year tenure, contributing significantly to the success of the hotel.
Before IHG, Marna held critical positions at Sun International, including Group Manager for International Sales and Marketing. She played a central role in shaping global sales and marketing strategies during her three-year term. Before that, as Regional Sales Manager for six years, Marna oversaw international and national sales teams, showcasing her extensive experience and proficiency in the field.
Director of Museum and Commercial Services, Jake Downing says, “As the new Head of Sales and Commercial at Te Papa, Marna will lead and manage the business activities, leveraging her extensive experience to drive the continued success of both Te Papa and Tākina Events.”
“Her appointment comes at a crucial time, coinciding with the much-anticipated opening of Tākina last year,” shares Downing.
Marna's wealth of industry and market insight, coupled with her significant strategic expertise, positions her as a valuable asset to the Te Papa and Tākina Events team.