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2019 NZ hotel conference delegates converge on Cordis
20 Jun 2019   /

2019 NZ hotel conference delegates converge on Cordis

More than 660 delegates are expected to attend the 2019 New Zealand Hotel Industry Conference and Awards event at Cordis, Auckland.


Te Pae’s Steele: “Nothing better than beating up your big brother”
17 Jun 2019  

Te Pae’s Steele: “Nothing better than beating up your big brother”

With 15 months to go until Christchurch’s convention centre, Te Pae, opens its doors, the Ticker talks to the venue’s general manager, Ross Steele.


AEG targets more than 60 events for Te Pae pipeline
14 Jun 2019   /

AEG targets more than 60 events for Te Pae pipeline

The operator’s GM, Ross Steele, on the work going into securing events ahead of the 2020 opening of Christchurch’s new $475m convention centre.


Waikato set to host world indigenous conference
11 Jun 2019  

Waikato set to host world indigenous conference

Around 1500 delegates are expected to attend the Native American and Indigenous Studies Association conference at Waikato University.


March BEAS: Strong results across the board
5 Jun 2019   /

March BEAS: Strong results across the board

NZ’s $558m business events sector showed an increase in events, delegates and delegate days for the year to March.


Last BEDS uncovers error in historical delegate data
5 Jun 2019   /

Last BEDS uncovers error in historical delegate data

In its final Business Events Delegate Survey, the Ministry of Business, Innovation and Employment has uncovered an error in historical delegate number totals which meant local and domestic delegate numbers have been over-represented in past reports.


CLIA global chair leads strong speaker line-up at NZCA conference
5 Jun 2019   /

CLIA global chair leads strong speaker line-up at NZCA conference

Cruise Lines International Association global chairman and Royal Caribbean Cruises’ vice chairman, Adam Goldstein, is among a strong speaker line-up at the NZ Cruise Association’s seventh annual conference.


2020 SPTE to be held in Christchurch
5 Jun 2019  

2020 SPTE to be held in Christchurch

The 2020 South Pacific Tourism Exchange will be held at Christchurch on 25-26 May.


Strong pipeline for Chch Town Hall following $167m restoration
4 Jun 2019   /

Strong pipeline for Chch Town Hall following $167m restoration

The venue has returned to the market with “near-full books” following an eight-year earthquake-induced hiatus.


TNZ to lead multi-sector business events legacy drive
4 Jun 2019  

TNZ to lead multi-sector business events legacy drive

Tourism New Zealand is leading a new drive which it says will “measure and maximise the lasting benefits generated by conferences” for New Zealanders.


Wellington’s $179m convention centre on track for 2023
31 May 2019   /

Wellington’s $179m convention centre on track for 2023

Construction is to start at its Cable Street location in August and finish at the end of 2022.


“No wriggle room” on business events research solution – Sullivan
31 May 2019   /

“No wriggle room” on business events research solution – Sullivan

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Auckland schools up for global education event
31 May 2019  

Auckland schools up for global education event

Auckland has secured the bid for the 34th International Congress for School Effectiveness and Improvement (ICSEI), which will see more than 500 delegates descend on the city in summer 2021.


NZICC delivery delay takes toll on events count
30 May 2019   /

NZICC delivery delay takes toll on events count

The flagship venue has lost a number of pre-booked events.


Templer: Aus slowdown hits Rotorua business events market
30 May 2019   /

Templer: Aus slowdown hits Rotorua business events market

Global macroeconomics shifts are coming home to roost in New Zealand’s $558m business events sector, with a slowdown in Australia being felt in destinations including Rotorua.


MEETINGS 2019: Three, two, one…..go!
29 May 2019  

MEETINGS 2019: Three, two, one…..go!

The biggest showcase for New Zealand’s $558m business events sector gets underway in earnest this morning, with close to 700 industry professionals making a beeline for MEETINGS 2019.


International buyers line up for MEETINGS 2019
21 May 2019  

International buyers line up for MEETINGS 2019

More than 100 international business event organisers from as from New Zealand’s key markets including Australia, the United States and China will  be converging on Auckland next week for the country’s biggest showcase of conference and incentive products.


Watch: Get ready for TRENZ 2020
17 May 2019   /

Watch: Get ready for TRENZ 2020

TRENZ 2020 will be held at at Horncastle Arena, Christchurch, from Monday 18 to Thursday 21 May next year.


NZICC strives for carbon neutral operations
17 May 2019   /

NZICC strives for carbon neutral operations

New Zealand’s new $703m international convention centre plans to operate as a carbon neutral venue – the only one of its kind in Asia Pacific – following completion of construction in 2020.


TIA seeks $1.9m backing for tourism careers initiatives package
15 May 2019   /

TIA seeks $1.9m backing for tourism careers initiatives package

Tourism Industry Aotearoa is on the hunt for funding to deliver a $1.9m three-year package of initiatives to attract New Zealanders to tourism careers.


Industry sets sights on $50bn by 2025
14 May 2019   /

Industry sets sights on $50bn by 2025

TIA’s refreshed growth strategy sets an ambitious new target and places greater emphasis on sustainability.


TNZ launches Visitor Profiles data and insight tool
14 May 2019   /

TNZ launches Visitor Profiles data and insight tool

Tool has been developed to support investment and product development in NZ’s $39bn tourism industry


ICCA’s 2018 global rankings – how did NZ’s events market perform?
14 May 2019  

ICCA’s 2018 global rankings – how did NZ’s events market perform?

New Zealand has climbed up the ranks of global conference destinations, last year moving to number 46 in the International Congress and Convention Association listing.


Gallery: TRENZ launch event at Te Puia
14 May 2019  

Gallery: TRENZ launch event at Te Puia

Around 1500 delegates packed into Rotorua’s Te Puia last night for an evening of networking and nibbles for the launch of 2019 TRENZ.


TRENZ: What to expect from Rotorua 2019
13 May 2019   /

TRENZ: What to expect from Rotorua 2019

The govt’s Tourism Strategy, TIA’s revamped growth framework and the unveiling of a new TNZ campaign are on the agenda.


New products and experiences fuel Waikato tourism growth
13 May 2019   /

New products and experiences fuel Waikato tourism growth

New boutique accommodation, gourmet dining options for group travel and wildlife experiences are just some of the new Waikato products being showcased at TRENZ 2019.


Buy Side/Sell Side: Tourism Industry Aotearoa’s Emily Byrne
9 May 2019   /

Buy Side/Sell Side: Tourism Industry Aotearoa’s Emily Byrne

The award-winning event maestro on the evolution and the complexities of staging NZ’s biggest tourism showcase, TRENZ.


TRENZ 2019: Restoration, recycling and rodents
8 May 2019   /

TRENZ 2019: Restoration, recycling and rodents

Sustainability will be writ large at next week’s annual tourism showcase in Rotorua.


DQ travels new road to conference crowd
7 May 2019   /

DQ travels new road to conference crowd

Destination Queenstown’s convention team is bringing travel content conference, The Travel Bootcamp, to the destination for the first time this spring hosting travel content creators, bloggers and social media tastemakers from 4-6 October 2019.


BYATA looks to the future
29 Apr 2019  

BYATA looks to the future

The evolution of the backpacker market and where it might go next is the backbone for discussion at this year’s annual Backpacker Youth & Adventure Tourism Association conference.


The new products on show at TRENZ 2019
23 Apr 2019  

The new products on show at TRENZ 2019

More than 40 new products ranging from a Queenstown craft beer tour through to a sunrise visit to the Cape Kidnappers Gannet Colony will be on show at TRENZ 2019.


TNZ launches $50k business events campaign
18 Apr 2019  

TNZ launches $50k business events campaign

Tourism New Zealand has launched its annual business events campaign targeting the domestic market.


More buyers, more markets booked in for TRENZ 2019
10 Apr 2019  

More buyers, more markets booked in for TRENZ 2019

The net has been cast wider for this year’s showcase with 386 buyers from 30 markets booked to attend.


Competition, finance, construction on 2019 hotel conference agenda
5 Apr 2019  

Competition, finance, construction on 2019 hotel conference agenda

Navigating a path to future growth in the face of new challenges such as competing accommodation options, construction, investment, finance and staffing issues forms the backbone of the agenda at this year’s New Zealand Hotel Industry Conference.


MEETINGS 2019 adds Christchurch ‘signature event’
27 Mar 2019  

MEETINGS 2019 adds Christchurch ‘signature event’

New Zealand’s leading business events showcase, MEETINGS, is to feature a post-event Christchurch famil for buyers for the first time this year.


The big winners from TRENZ
21 Mar 2019   /

The big winners from TRENZ

TRENZ is expected to pump more than $10m of additional business into the 2018 host regions of Dunedin, Waitaki and Southland, according to a post-event report.


Queenstown lands 2020 International Adventure Conference
4 Mar 2019   /

Queenstown lands 2020 International Adventure Conference

Queenstown has won a bid to host the 9th annual International Adventure Conference in a move which will see the event come to the Southern Hemisphere for the first time.


Cairns convention head to lead Te Pae Christchurch
21 Feb 2019   /

Cairns convention head to lead Te Pae Christchurch

The general manager of Cairns Convention Centre, Ross Steele, will take the reins at Te Pae Christchurch. 


AEG Ogden secures Te Pae contract
20 Feb 2019   /

AEG Ogden secures Te Pae contract

The Australian-based venues giant will run Christchurch’s $475m convention centre.


Gallery: AIME 2019
20 Feb 2019   /

Gallery: AIME 2019

A strong Kiwi contingent are at the annual Asia Pacific Incentives Meetings Event in Melbourne this week.


New Zealand takes to the floor at AIME 2019
18 Feb 2019  

New Zealand takes to the floor at AIME 2019

A strong New Zealand delegation including representatives from the Te Pae Christchurch and the New Zealand International Convention Centre have taken to the floor at the annual Asia Pacific Incentives Meetings Event, which threw open its doors this morning.


ACB scrambles to keep 2020 NZICC events in Auckland
14 Feb 2019   /

ACB scrambles to keep 2020 NZICC events in Auckland

The latest delay to the $703m venue will affect nearly 8,000 delegates.


Hamilton, Dunedin officially launch dual-destination offer
14 Feb 2019  

Hamilton, Dunedin officially launch dual-destination offer

Dunedin and Hamilton & Waikato have officially launched their joint business events initiative, Meet North South.


Industry downplays CNZYOT launch delay
13 Feb 2019  

Industry downplays CNZYOT launch delay

Industry has downplayed the postponement of next week’s 2019 China-New Zealand Year of Tourism launch, claiming there are no “shadows in the dark”.


Wednesday Letter: The hard questions
30 Jan 2019   /

Wednesday Letter: The hard questions

Much of the Tourism and Sustainable Development Goals conference challenged industry’s standards and assumptions. That’s a good thing, writes the Ticker’s Bridget O’Connell.


Perspectives: “Profound behavioural shift” in tourism needed
28 Jan 2019  

Perspectives: “Profound behavioural shift” in tourism needed

The industry needs more than just a nudge to meet the challenges of climate change, says Professor Susanne Becken.


Tourism must “flip the postcard” and be more honest – academic
25 Jan 2019   /

Tourism must “flip the postcard” and be more honest – academic

At the inaugural Tourism and the SDGs event, there’s a call for more honesty from industry.


More needed for tourism to take sustainability seriously
25 Jan 2019   /

More needed for tourism to take sustainability seriously

Measuring the environmental and social impacts of tourism – not just economic benefits – is necessary in order to take sustainable development seriously, according to Nelson Tasman’s Gisela Purcell.


Gallery: Tourism and the SDGs
25 Jan 2019  

Gallery: Tourism and the SDGs

The first research conference on Tourism and the Sustainable Development Goals is being hosted by the Institute of Development Studies at Massey University, Albany, Auckland.


Wellington joins big events hunt after $179m centre gets green light
14 Dec 2018  

Wellington joins big events hunt after $179m centre gets green light

Wellington’s $179m CEC will be up against Auckland’s NZICC and Chirstchurch’s Te Pae.