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Events industry hit by 5000 cancellations, 3400 postponements
8 Apr 2020  

Events industry hit by 5000 cancellations, 3400 postponements

More than 5000 events have been cancelled, some companies have laid off staff, and others are considering their future due to Covid-19 restrictions.


TIA, Auckland Airport industry events cancelled
19 Mar 2020   /

TIA, Auckland Airport industry events cancelled

Tourism Industry Aotearoa has cancelled its Discussing Tourism – Communications event, as restrictions over the Covid-19 outbreak take hold.


TRENZ 2020 cancelled
18 Mar 2020   /

TRENZ 2020 cancelled

Tourism Industry Aotearoa pulls the biggest industry event of the year.


Govt advises against large events – MEETINGS postponed, TRENZ unlikely
17 Mar 2020   /

Govt advises against large events – MEETINGS postponed, TRENZ unlikely

Events of 500+ people should be cancelled, says the PM.


Major industry events TRENZ, MEETINGS unlikely to proceed
16 Mar 2020   /

Major industry events TRENZ, MEETINGS unlikely to proceed

Major industry events of TRENZ and MEETINGS appear unlikely to proceed with guidance from the Government this week expected to confirm their cancellation.


‘Business as usual’ for NZ conferences as global industry events cancel
3 Mar 2020   /

‘Business as usual’ for NZ conferences as global industry events cancel

It’s business as usual for New Zealand’s biggest travel and trade industry events, despite the cancellations of several big-name international trade shows over coronavirus fears.


ITB cancelled due to coronavirus fears
2 Mar 2020   /

ITB cancelled due to coronavirus fears

NZ will miss out on an important marketing and networking opportunity after the world’s largest tourism trade fair was cancelled.


Second Tourism Policy School set for 19-20 March
27 Feb 2020   /

Second Tourism Policy School set for 19-20 March

The University of Otago’s second Tourism Policy School has been confirmed for 19-20 March at the Heritage Queenstown.


New partnership aims to boost business events in Christchurch
20 Feb 2020   /

New partnership aims to boost business events in Christchurch

With the opening of a new $475m convention centre in Christchurch just months away, three leading business events stakeholders have formed a new partnership to drive business to the southern city.


NZ tourism takes AIME in Melbourne
17 Feb 2020   /

NZ tourism takes AIME in Melbourne

New Zealand tourism representatives are attending this week’s Asia-Pacific Incentives and Meetings Event (AIME) in Melbourne.


CAUTHE 2020: Aus opportunity for “safe” NZ as Asia concerns grow
14 Feb 2020   /

CAUTHE 2020: Aus opportunity for “safe” NZ as Asia concerns grow

New Zealand has an opportunity to tap into Australia’s outbound Asian market as it looks to plug the estimated $500m gap left by the coronavirus, according to tourism academic Dr David Beirman.


CAUTHE 2020: Visitor dispersal faces global challenges
12 Feb 2020   /

CAUTHE 2020: Visitor dispersal faces global challenges

Attempts to boost dispersal are being hampered by global trends, says a new study.


Industry, academia converge on CAUTHE 2020
11 Feb 2020   /

Industry, academia converge on CAUTHE 2020

Kapiti Island Nature Tours founder, John Barrett, is among speakers who will address the theme for this year’s conference, 20:20 Vision: New Perspectives on the diversity of Hospitality, Tourism and Events.


Auckland wins 2021 event worth 2.6k guest nights
4 Feb 2020  

Auckland wins 2021 event worth 2.6k guest nights

Auckland has secured the four-day TENCON conference, which will bring more 600 delegates to the city in December 2021.


NZICC fire review underway
3 Feb 2020  

NZICC fire review underway

The Fire and Emergency NZ-commissioned independent operational review of last October’s New Zealand International Convention Centre fire at SkyCity is underway.


Kaikōura pins hopes on Sudima in bid to join CINZ
21 Jan 2020   /

Kaikōura pins hopes on Sudima in bid to join CINZ

The town is hoping the $30m hotel will help win it recognition as a new conference destination.


Bigger stands, new exhibitors for CINZ MEETINGS 2020
5 Dec 2019   /

Bigger stands, new exhibitors for CINZ MEETINGS 2020

Bigger stands as well a new products and regional highlights are expected at next year’s CINZ MEETINGS run by Conventions and Incentives New Zealand.


Young industry professionals head to YoungTEC Summit
3 Dec 2019   /

Young industry professionals head to YoungTEC Summit

Young industry professionals are converging on the Grand Millennium Auckland today for the Young Tourism Export Council of New Zealand’s annual summit.


Spotlight on Hawke’s Bay business events industry
29 Nov 2019   /

Spotlight on Hawke’s Bay business events industry

Hawke’s Bay played host to a group of professional conference organisers last week as the region looks to bolster its business events industry.


TECNZ’s Chen presents Tiaki at ATEC
28 Nov 2019   /

TECNZ’s Chen presents Tiaki at ATEC

Tourism Export Council of New Zealand chief executive Judy Chen presented aspects of the NZ industry’s sustainability efforts to more than 500 delegates at the Australian Tourism Export Council’s annual conference in Brisbane this week.


Wednesday Letter: NZ’s big, bold business events sector
27 Nov 2019   /

Wednesday Letter: NZ’s big, bold business events sector

Departing CINZ chief executive Sue Sullivan has a final message for government.


Napier wins Eventing the Future 2020 conference
25 Nov 2019  

Napier wins Eventing the Future 2020 conference

Napier will be the host city for the Eventing the Future 2020 conference next year.


Tourism NZ’s Kiwi Link to return to US
22 Nov 2019   /

Tourism NZ’s Kiwi Link to return to US

After more than a decade’s absence, the agency is taking its trade event back to LA as air connectivity with the United States takes off.


CINZ 2019: New US flights to boost business events
5 Nov 2019   /

CINZ 2019: New US flights to boost business events

The sector is poised for a jump in business from the US.


CINZ 2019: Co-operation key as infrastructure builds
5 Nov 2019   /

CINZ 2019: Co-operation key as infrastructure builds

More co-operation is required if New Zealand’s business events sector is going to successfully compete on the international stage – and leverage the domestic market – as new infrastructure comes online.


Hawke’s Bay to host CINZ 2020
1 Nov 2019   /

Hawke’s Bay to host CINZ 2020

The annual Conventions and Incentives New Zealand conference will be held in Napier in the Hawkes Bay in 2020.


CINZ 2019: NZ must avoid “boom and bust” events cycle – Armitage
1 Nov 2019   /

CINZ 2019: NZ must avoid “boom and bust” events cycle – Armitage

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CINZ 2019: Flight shame is real, so what can NZ do about it?
1 Nov 2019   /

CINZ 2019: Flight shame is real, so what can NZ do about it?

The phenomenon of ‘flight shaming’ is already having an impact on the New Zealand business events market, making it harder to attract both international delegates and speakers, according to a leading professional conference organiser.


CINZ 2019: Thomas takes home 2019 Outstanding Contributor award
1 Nov 2019   /

CINZ 2019: Thomas takes home 2019 Outstanding Contributor award

A leading and long-standing New Zealand professional conference organiser, Tracey Thomas, has received the 2019 Conventions and Incentives New Zealand Outstanding Contributor award.


TNZ to “reimagine” impact of business events in world-first pilot
31 Oct 2019   /

TNZ to “reimagine” impact of business events in world-first pilot

Tourism NZ has revealed details of what it calls a world-first pilot scheme.


CINZ 2019: Industry must look forward following NZICC blaze – Gardner
31 Oct 2019   /

CINZ 2019: Industry must look forward following NZICC blaze – Gardner

The business events sector cannot lose sight of a huge infrastructure increase that is in the pipeline, says CINZ chair Tony Gardner.


CINZ 2019: Extend manaakitanga to foster SME opportunities – Henare
31 Oct 2019   /

CINZ 2019: Extend manaakitanga to foster SME opportunities – Henare

New Zealand’s business events sector should extend the concept of manaakitanga from caring for visitors to caring “for our own”, according to the associate minister of tourism, Peeni Henare.


43rd CINZ conference gets underway in Queenstown
30 Oct 2019   /

43rd CINZ conference gets underway in Queenstown

The event kicks-off in earnest this today as key stakeholders from the $558m sector gather at Skyline Queenstown.


Gallery: CINZ conference launch at Gibbston Valley Winery
30 Oct 2019   /

Gallery: CINZ conference launch at Gibbston Valley Winery

Delegates were welcomed to CINZ Conference 2019 with a welcome function at  Gibbston Valley Winery in Queenstown on Tuesday evening.


CINZ unveils Queenstown speaker line-up
15 Oct 2019   /

CINZ unveils Queenstown speaker line-up

Nigel Latta, Shamubeel Eaqub, Liam Malone and Tony Gardner are the latest names to be added to the speaker lineup for the2019 CINZ Conference.


NZICC toxicology conference to inject $1.3m
9 Oct 2019   /

NZICC toxicology conference to inject $1.3m

The NZICC has secured the 61st Annual Meeting and Congress of the International Association of Forensic Toxicologists in 2023.


Business events sector brings BERP to market
1 Oct 2019   /

Business events sector brings BERP to market

NZ’s $558m business events sector is seeking quotes for the Business Events Research Programme contract.


NZ wins 2023 World Avocado Congress, expects 3000 delegates
30 Sep 2019  

NZ wins 2023 World Avocado Congress, expects 3000 delegates

New Zealand has won its bid to host the 10th World Avocado Congress in 2023.


Queenstown Convention Bureau bolsters team following review
24 Sep 2019   /

Queenstown Convention Bureau bolsters team following review

Queenstown Convention Bureau has restructured its business development team adding executive support and redistributing markets following a recent internal and external review.


Auckland misses out on millions as NZICC cuts events
23 Sep 2019  

Auckland misses out on millions as NZICC cuts events

Delivery delays of the $703m venue have seen it lose a series of major events worth millions.


Invercargill to host 2020 i-SITE Conference
13 Sep 2019   /

Invercargill to host 2020 i-SITE Conference

The event will bring the owners and staff from the network of 77 full member visitor centres across the country to Southland next year.


Tourism Summit Aotearoa 2020 to be held in Auckland
5 Sep 2019  

Tourism Summit Aotearoa 2020 to be held in Auckland

Next year’s Tourism Summit Aotearoa is moving to Auckland.


Tourism Summit: Top priorities, top concerns
4 Sep 2019  

Tourism Summit: Top priorities, top concerns

Industry and government reveal their top priorities as a new issue with an “old” area of concern rears its head.


Industry converges on capital for industry summit
3 Sep 2019  

Industry converges on capital for industry summit

The state of New Zealand’s tourism industry, iwi involvement in the sector, overtourism and sustainability are among the issues under scrutiny at this year’s Tourism Summit Aotearoa.


Christchurch wins two more tourism events
27 Aug 2019  

Christchurch wins two more tourism events

The city has landed next year’s NZ Cruise conference and MEETINGS 2021 at Te Pae.


Cruise ’19: Space, resource shortages stifling business
26 Aug 2019   /

Cruise ’19: Space, resource shortages stifling business

A lack of basic cruise services means Auckland is missing out, according to an industry panel.


Tourism Tech Expo 2019: Stage set for bigger 2020
26 Aug 2019  

Tourism Tech Expo 2019: Stage set for bigger 2020

The inaugural Tourism Tech Expo at Queenstown attracted around 100 delegates with seven start-ups pitching and presenting to investors and operators.


Tourism Tech Expo 2019: The investor’s view
23 Aug 2019  

Tourism Tech Expo 2019: The investor’s view

New Zealand tourism technology start-ups have great potential to go global, says one of the country’s leading angel investors.


NZ Cruise conference changes Auckland venue
19 Aug 2019  

NZ Cruise conference changes Auckland venue

The NZ Cruise Association’s 2019 Conference in Auckland on 22 -23 August has shifted venue to the Aotea Centre on Queen Street.


Taranaki wins TECNZ 2020 conference
16 Aug 2019  

Taranaki wins TECNZ 2020 conference

The Tourism Export Council of New Zealand’s annual conference will be held in New Plymouth next year.