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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.


Gallery: TECNZ Xmas Symposium
11 Dec 2018   /

Gallery: TECNZ Xmas Symposium

It’s the last big bash of the year for many in the tourism industry and photographer Jay Farnworth from Image Search was there to capture it.


Auckland, Queenstown partner to target high-value incentive market
6 Dec 2018  

Auckland, Queenstown partner to target high-value incentive market

The country’s two leading incentive destinations will work together to target high-value, long-haul markets as a dual destination proposition.


Wednesday Letter: Coping with China
5 Dec 2018  

Wednesday Letter: Coping with China

Destination Canada’s CEO has lessons to share with NZ from that country’s own Year of Tourism with China.


YoungTEC Summit: Tourism Talent launched, executive refreshed
5 Dec 2018   /

YoungTEC Summit: Tourism Talent launched, executive refreshed

Tourism Talent, the new talent development and market place set up by Dylan Rushbrook and Jason Hill, was officially launched at the YoungTEC Summit at the Pullman Hotel in Auckland last night.


Te Papa hosts China tourism insight event
4 Dec 2018  

Te Papa hosts China tourism insight event

Around 120 tourism professionals, government representatives and academics have converged on Te Papa today for new insight on China’s outbound tourism market.


Can PCOA conference delegates #getNZonthemap?
4 Dec 2018   /

Can PCOA conference delegates #getNZonthemap?

The New Zealand stand at next week’s PCO Association Conference in Melbourne has taken inspiration from Tourism New Zealand’s #getNZonthemap campaign.


TECNZ Xmas Symposium to tackle ‘tourism fatigue’
3 Dec 2018  

TECNZ Xmas Symposium to tackle ‘tourism fatigue’

Combating ‘tourism fatigue’ in New Zealand is top of the agenda at the final national tourism fixture of the year, the annual Tourism Export Council New Zealand Christmas Symposium.


September BEAS: Events down, but delegate numbers and days up
30 Nov 2018  

September BEAS: Events down, but delegate numbers and days up

NZ’s $558m business events sector posted an uptick in delegate numbers and delegate days despite a 5% drop in the number of events in the year ended September 2018.


Auckland’s Shed 10 plays host to business events heavy-hitters
23 Nov 2018  

Auckland’s Shed 10 plays host to business events heavy-hitters

More than 130 heavy-hitters from Auckland’s business events community gathered for Auckland Convention Bureau’s annual city showcase last week.


International visitor spend to top $16bn in 2018
8 Nov 2018  

International visitor spend to top $16bn in 2018

Tourism is now contributing $10bn a year more to the NZ economy than in 2014, says TIA chief Chris Roberts.


Industry converges on Te Papa for Summit 2018
8 Nov 2018  

Industry converges on Te Papa for Summit 2018

An updated version of the Tourism 2025 growth framework is top of the agenda at today’s annual Tourism Summit Aotearoa.


Perspectives: CINZ chair Tony Gardner
5 Nov 2018   /

Perspectives: CINZ chair Tony Gardner

Conventions and Incentives New Zealand chair, Tony Gardner, opened the annual CINZ conference last week by calling on the business events industry to band together in the face of challenges and opportunities including competition, subvention – or a lack of it – and New Zealand’s place in the world.


Queenstown secures CINZ Conference 2019
5 Nov 2018   /

Queenstown secures CINZ Conference 2019

Queenstown has been selected to host the Conventions and Incentives New Zealand Conference next year.


CINZ 2018: “Strong case” for Q’town convention centre – Sir John Key
2 Nov 2018  

CINZ 2018: “Strong case” for Q’town convention centre – Sir John Key

Former prime minister John Key has spoken out in favour of a convention centre in Queenstown, mooting involvement from SKYCITY Entertainment Group.


Hayward honoured with CINZ outstanding contributor award
2 Nov 2018   /

Hayward honoured with CINZ outstanding contributor award

Auckland’s Convention Bureau manager Anna Hayward has received the 2018 Conventions and Incentives New Zealand (CINZ) Outstanding Contributor Award.


Operators partner to spearhead “dual destination” China strategy
1 Nov 2018   /

Operators partner to spearhead “dual destination” China strategy

Wayfare, Skyline, NZICC and ACB will together target the lucrative Chinese incentives and conference market.


CINZ 2018: Cut-throat competition is coming to NZ
1 Nov 2018  

CINZ 2018: Cut-throat competition is coming to NZ

NZ’s business events sector needs to be prepared for increased competition, says economist Shamubeel Eaqub.


CINZ 2018: Amway China “hysteria and highlights”
1 Nov 2018   /

CINZ 2018: Amway China “hysteria and highlights”

Managing “hysteria” was among the key challenges DQ says it faced in the lead-up to the 6,000-strong Amway China incentive trip.


CINZ 2018: Global business events experts to the fore
31 Oct 2018   /

CINZ 2018: Global business events experts to the fore

NZ’s conventions and incentives industry is converging on Auckland for CINZ Conference 2018.


CINZ 2018: Gallery of the conference’s opening event
31 Oct 2018   /

CINZ 2018: Gallery of the conference’s opening event

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SKYCITY: Further delays to NZICC delivery expected
19 Oct 2018  

SKYCITY: Further delays to NZICC delivery expected

The already-delayed $703m NZICC and Horizon Hotel project will miss its December 2019 delivery date.


TNZ’s celebrates $37m conference sector wins
12 Oct 2018   /

TNZ’s celebrates $37m conference sector wins

Tourism New Zealand last night acknowledged the successes of a select group of conference sector specialists who have won events that will plough an estimated $37m into the New Zealand economy.


England-Hall: “Co-opertition” crucial to tourism’s future
4 Oct 2018  

England-Hall: “Co-opertition” crucial to tourism’s future

Shared global thinking is crucial to the future of the tourism industry, according to Tourism New Zealand chief executive Stephen England-Hall.


TNZ: More Trans-Tasman association events on the cards
4 Oct 2018   /

TNZ: More Trans-Tasman association events on the cards

Trans-Tasman business events have been given a leg-up following a Tourism New Zealand-led workshop focused on the association market.


INZBC Summit: “Great Indian opportunity” for NZ as dream destination
1 Oct 2018   /

INZBC Summit: “Great Indian opportunity” for NZ as dream destination

NZ can grow the India travel market by 15% a year to over 100K holiday visitors by 2025, says CAPA.


Hospitality NZ Conference: Motels losing frontline battle against Airbnb
28 Sep 2018   /

Hospitality NZ Conference: Motels losing frontline battle against Airbnb

Motels’ loss of market share to Airbnb is “concerning”, says Horwath HTL’s Hamilton.


Cardrona Hotel reigns supreme at Hospitality NZ awards
28 Sep 2018   /

Cardrona Hotel reigns supreme at Hospitality NZ awards

Wanaka’s boutique Cardrona Hotel has taken the top honour at Hospitality New Zealand’s 21st annual awards.


Hospitality NZ Conference: Emerging talent recognised at awards
26 Sep 2018  

Hospitality NZ Conference: Emerging talent recognised at awards

The best emerging talent from New Zealand’s hospitality industry has been recognised in the peak body’s second annual Rising Stars Awards.


Pullman to play host to TEC heads young and old
25 Sep 2018   /

Pullman to play host to TEC heads young and old

The final national fixtures in the tourism industry calendar, the Tourism Export Council Xmas Symposium and YoungTEC Summit, will take place at the Pullman Auckland this year.


Major conferences drop nearly 20% in three years in Wellington
24 Sep 2018  

Major conferences drop nearly 20% in three years in Wellington

Wellington has seen its major conference count tumble almost 20% in three years, according to the city council’s draft annual report.