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CINZ, TNZ renew commitment to business events
9 Jul 2020   /

CINZ, TNZ renew commitment to business events

Conventions and Incentives New Zealand and Tourism New Zealand have renewed their longstanding partnership by signing a Memorandum of Understanding confirming their co-operation.


Virtual APEC “massive, devastating blow” for industry
1 Jul 2020   /

Virtual APEC “massive, devastating blow” for industry

Auckland’s visitor economy will miss out on close to $50m because of the change.


APEC 2021 to be held virtually
30 Jun 2020   /

APEC 2021 to be held virtually

Auckland will miss out on thousands of visitors and millions in spending after the Govt decides to make the event virtual.


TIA cancels NZ Tourism Awards, shifts Summit to Wgtn
29 Jun 2020   /

TIA cancels NZ Tourism Awards, shifts Summit to Wgtn

Tourism Industry Aotearoa has cancelled this year’s New Zealand Tourism Awards because of the Covid-19 crisis.


Te Pae to benefit from NZICC delay to mid-2023
22 Jun 2020   /

Te Pae to benefit from NZICC delay to mid-2023

Te Pae Christchurch Convention Centre looks set to be the biggest beneficiary of the New Zealand International Convention Centre’s delivery delay to mid-2023.


Queenstown hotel welcomes first Covid era conference
19 Jun 2020   /

Queenstown hotel welcomes first Covid era conference

Crowne Plaza Queenstown has welcomed its first Covid era conference, ahead of schedule.


CINZ, BECA align to boost Australasian business events
11 Jun 2020   /

CINZ, BECA align to boost Australasian business events

Conventions and Incentives New Zealand and the Business Events Council of Australia have agreed to collaborate to help boost the business events sector in both countries.


94% of organisations planning a business event – survey
10 Jun 2020   /

94% of organisations planning a business event – survey

But events over the next 18 months will likely be smaller and less frequent.


The events sector’s new ‘Covid Code’
9 Jun 2020   /

The events sector’s new ‘Covid Code’

The country’s hard-hit events sector has been working with the government on the creation of a new voluntary Covid Code.


Large events good to go at level 1 – PM
4 Jun 2020   /

Large events good to go at level 1 – PM

Physical separation restrictions on planes and public transport will also be lifted.


Large events get go-ahead – with conditions
29 May 2020   /

Large events get go-ahead – with conditions

The Government has given approval for multiple groups of 100 pax at a single venue.


New chair for CINZ Approved PCO Group
29 May 2020   /

New chair for CINZ Approved PCO Group

Arna Wahl Davies has been appointed chair of the Conventions and Incentives New Zealand-approved Professional Conference Organisers group.


Events sector gets green light for 100-pax gatherings
15 May 2020   /

Events sector gets green light for 100-pax gatherings

Clarification helps the New Zealand business events sector restart for domestic attendees, and is the first step in the right direction, according to CINZ chief executive Lisa Hopkins.


CINZ restructure results in job losses
7 May 2020   /

CINZ restructure results in job losses

Conventions & Incentives New Zealand has downsized its team following a business review triggered by the financial hit wrought by the Covid-19 crisis.


2020 TECNZ Conference cancelled
23 Apr 2020   /

2020 TECNZ Conference cancelled

However, the association has rebooked the same venue, The Devon Hotel at New Plymouth, to hold the 2021 event.


Work to restart on Wellington convention centre
23 Apr 2020  

Work to restart on Wellington convention centre

The $157.8m convention centre remained on track to be completed in early 2023.


Cruise conference cancelled but stage set for 2021
21 Apr 2020   /

Cruise conference cancelled but stage set for 2021

The decision to cancel this year’s annual event, scheduled for August 20 – 21 in Christchurch, was “in line with the Ministry of Health’s COVID-19 recommendations regarding events and public gatherings and in the interests of public health in New Zealand.”


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.