The Reluctant Wedding Planner

By Brian Megaw | October 29, 2021

The Reluctant Wedding Planner Back in what seems to me to be the distant past, River Valley was first and foremost an adventure company. We cut our teeth in the early 1980s on the Grade 5 white water rafting section of the North Island’s Rangitikei River. This stretch of river, voted by Red Bull as [...]

The Challenge of Staffing a Tourism Business as we plan for the 2021 – 2022 Season

By Brian Megaw | July 21, 2021

Some of the River Valley staff, pre-covid   There is no doubt that hospitality and tourism are people industries. Lousy service – there is a post for a future date! – can quickly break a business, damaging both its reputation and its finances. The key to excellent service is having great people. Having great people [...]

After Operating a Tourism Business for Over 30 Years, What Do I Think Success Means?

By Brian Megaw | July 1, 2021

Whether we are conditioned to believe, or whether it is innately within us, the desire for success can be strong but not uniform in humans. Of course, the rub is, the definition of success is a slippery thing, both changing over time and reflecting life circumstances. I have learned a few things regarding the pursuit [...]

More Than Navel Gazing

By Brian | July 6, 2020

More than Navel Gazing 80% - 90% of our customers at River Valley, before Covid-19 were from overseas. That is a significant statistic when you are planning on how to survive with the current closure of borders. Added to this is the question of no one knowing when they are likely to reopen. In answer [...]

Transforming a Tourism Business Post COVID-19. What Needs to Change?

By Brian | May 29, 2020

Transforming a Tourism Business Post COVID-19. What Needs to Change? River Valley, our adventure company and Lodge, has a long history. It all started way back in the early 1980s at the back of the family farm. The farm boundaries the Rangitikei River, 32kms east of the central North Island town of Taihape. One particularly [...]

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