Published on : Wednesday, June 3, 2015
New Zealand’s largest annual showcase for the business events industry gets underway in Auckland next week. MEETINGS 2015 run by Conventions and Incentives New Zealand (CINZ) brings together hundreds of influential business event professionals for an industry extravaganza at Auckland’s ASB Showgrounds on June 10 and 11.
CINZ chief executive Sue Sullivan says 190 exhibitors from 18 regions around New Zealand will be on show to over 600 event organisers this year.
“MEETINGS is New Zealand’s premier event for event professionals. It is essentially a one-stop shop for them to see new venues, products and services, to make valuable business connections within the New Zealand industry and to negotiate contracts,” Sue Sullivan says. “Hot topics for discussion this year will be the planned new convention centre facilities for Auckland and Christchurch,” she says.
CINZ MEETINGS 2015 has attracted record numbers of international conference and incentive organizers brought here with the support of Tourism New Zealand (TNZ) and Air New Zealand. They include over 50 hosted buyers from the growing markets of China, India, South-East Asia and North America, and 97 from Australia.
Kiwi event organizers are at record numbers too, with 90 hosted from around New Zealand, as well as over 350 expected from Auckland over the two-day event. CINZ will be hosting key leaders from various industry sectors around New Zealand on special VIP tours of the show, to give them an insight into the industry’s growing strength and capabilities.
“This year’s exhibitor stands are spectacular. Our guests can expect to experience some out-of-this-world creations when we bring the best of New Zealand’s regions inside two pavilions at ASB Showgrounds.”
Auckland’s waterfront will also be the scene for two top-tier evening events, with a welcome function at Hilton Auckland on June 9, and MEETINGS finale at Shed 10 on June 11. “We are also giving our hosted buyers and international industry media a chance to experience New Zealand for themselves on specially hosted regional tours.
Seven regions – Hamilton and Waikato, Rotorua, Taupo, Wellington, Christchurch and Canterbury, Dunedin and Queenstown – are hosting 60 Australian buyers on familiarisation tours for the weekend prior to MEETINGS. Other international buyers will tour the regions with Tourism New Zealand after the event.
CINZ MEETINGS 2015 is open to anyone who organises business events, conferences, meetings, exhibitions and incentive travel. Registration is free at www.meetings.co.nz/daybuyer. Air New Zealand is principal sponsor of MEETINGS 2015, and major sponsors are ASB Showgrounds, Peek Exhibition and Centium Software.