"Venture Southland (now Great South) has contracted with Strategies Marketing Consultancy over the past 19 years to provide training workshops and coaching for the New Zealand Trade and Enterprise Enterprise Training Programme and Regional Business Partner Programme, taking advantage if their expertise in both marketing and tourism.
The workshops presented have always been well attended with positive responses about the quality of the course material as well as the presenter's [Marijke Dunselman] knowledge, expertise and delivery.
In addition to the direct involvement in these training opportunities, Venture Southland is keenly aware of the contribution that Strategies Marketing Consultancy has made in the development of Southland businesses through providing professional services and the involvement in community projects.
As the Regional Partner for Southland, we would like to recommend Strategies Marketing Consultancy as an approved Provider for the Capability Development Voucher Scheme."
Alistair Adam - Enterprise Services Manager Venture Southland (now Great South) www.venturesouthland.co.nz / www.greatsouth.nz
"I have had the pleasure of working with Marijke Dunselman over my seven year role as Chief Executive of Development West Coast. During that time, Marijke has advised our organisation on a number of matters, including our strategic marketing plan, and annual marketing plan. She has undertaken expert tuition for our enterprise training programmes, and I have also worked alongside Marijke as a fellow director in one of our client companies.
Marijke has truly international level experience in the tourism sector, recognised by many of New Zealand's leading tourism companies.
Her Enterprise Training Tourism courses are extremely popular with both small and large tourism operators.
I have found Marijke to have great character, honesty and talent. She is a great team member and has excellent presentation skills.
Marijke is developing her governance skills and expanding from her specialist marketing and tourism spheres into operating at a governance and advisory level. I am sure she will continue to be successful in this endeavour."
Mike Trousselot (Former) Chief Executive Officer Development West Coast www.dwc.org.nz
"Our company was involved in a survey conducted by Marijke. We were extremely impressed by the professional manner in which the interview was undertaken hence we contracted Strategies to complete a market survey for our engineering division.
It was vitally important to us that we chose the right person to undertake this task, as this particular customer was one of our largest and single most important clients. Marijke’s final report to us was comprehensive, accurate, whilst pointing out both our strengths and weaknesses.
It was an absolute pleasure to work with Marijke. She is a very talented and astute business person that delivered exactly what we asked for. We intend to use Strategies for further customer surveys within the group to ensure that we are delivering the level of service that our clients require."
Terry Young Yunca Group www.yunca.co.nz
“Being part of Marijke’s Smartourism International Marketing Group should be an essential component of any marketing plan of tourism businesses. Her knowledge and experience of the tourism world is comprehensively significant not only in NZ but worldwide. Ulva’s Guided Walks on Ulva Island Bird Sanctuary on Stewart Island has been with Marijke for many years – Marijke is extremely professional, her innovative thinking has contributed positively to my business with immediate results. And I know if anything is asked of her, it is actioned immediately – brilliant!”
"Smartourism is a key partner and source of trade ready tourism operators that we, as an IBO, can use for our business to provide offshore clients with local New Zealand experiences as part of their travels through the country. Marijke exudes a high degree of professionalism and consistently follows up with each operator where business connections offer a good fit, assisting with first hand experiences and further facilitating these relationships. I highly recommend her company and welcome her ongoing support."
Steven Pleciak, Owner Beyond The Blue (inbound operator) www.beyondtheblue.co.nz
“We have known and worked with Marijke over the past 20 years. Marijke has a broad skill set. She has extensive involvement and knowledge of the tourism industry, is multi lingual and has a European background. This was invaluable to us in the establishment phase of our business, then the development and implementation of our marketing. We have continued to use her services in a consulting capacity for the benefit of our operation particularly in marketing. Marijke’s IT skills have also greatly assisted us.
Marijke has an excellent work ethic and provides a very professional approach. Business integrity and punctual service blended with impressive people skills ensure her success."