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MEETINGS 2021 highlights the demand to meet in NZ – Hopkins
27 Jul 2021   /

MEETINGS 2021 highlights the demand to meet in NZ – Hopkins

There is strong demand to hold business events and conferences in New Zealand, says Business Events Industry Aotearoa Lisa Hopkins, pointing to the success of the MEETINGS 2021 event.


HPNZ 2021 confirms event speakers
16 Jul 2021   /

HPNZ 2021 confirms event speakers

Trade expo event to be held at the Marlborough Events Centre in Blenheim on 4-5 August.


Maximum Occupancy hotel event returns to NZ
9 Jul 2021   /

Maximum Occupancy hotel event returns to NZ

The Maximum Occupancy Accommodation Industry Conference will be held at the Aotea Centre in Auckland from 18- 9 August.


BEIA releases NZ event planner guide with regional focus
22 Jun 2021  

BEIA releases NZ event planner guide with regional focus

More than 2,500 copies distributed to business event organisers in Australia and New Zealand.


Te Pae launches recruitment drive for 100 staff before October
21 Jun 2021  

Te Pae launches recruitment drive for 100 staff before October

Positions include those related to running audio-visual, food services, events coordination.


‘We’re back, we’re ready’ – Heaphy on Chch’s business events strategy
10 Jun 2021  

‘We’re back, we’re ready’ – Heaphy on Chch’s business events strategy

ChristchurchNZ is taking a “subject-specific” approach to attracting business events to the city, says Loren Heaphy.


Tākina ‘biggest single thing’ since stadium – Perks
9 Jun 2021   /

Tākina ‘biggest single thing’ since stadium – Perks

WellingtonNZ’s David Perks says he has received more than 30 “hard enquiries” for events at the $179m venue.


Attract Aussies, keep long haul “dreaming” focus for TNZ
8 Jun 2021   /

Attract Aussies, keep long haul “dreaming” focus for TNZ

And stimulating the domestic market remains a top priority for the agency, says chief executive René de Monchy.


Challenges ahead “greater than ever” for Auckland tourism – Armitage
4 Jun 2021   /

Challenges ahead “greater than ever” for Auckland tourism – Armitage

There’s still a way to go to get everyone to understand the role they play in tourism, says the departing destination boss.


GALLERY: Curtain comes down on MEETINGS 2021
4 Jun 2021  

GALLERY: Curtain comes down on MEETINGS 2021

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Te Pae’s Ross Steele on ushering in a ‘new generation’ convention centre
3 Jun 2021   /

Te Pae’s Ross Steele on ushering in a ‘new generation’ convention centre

The venue’s technology makes it more than just a pretty face, says its GM.


Business events first step in industry recovery – Lisa Hopkins
3 Jun 2021  

Business events first step in industry recovery – Lisa Hopkins

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GALLERY: Day 1 of MEETINGS 2021
3 Jun 2021  

GALLERY: Day 1 of MEETINGS 2021

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500+ delegates converge on MEETINGS 2021
2 Jun 2021  

500+ delegates converge on MEETINGS 2021

New Zealand’s largest business events conference kicks off this morning with more than 500 business events industry buyers and media expected to attend.


GALLERY: Weta Workshop welcomes in MEETINGS 2021
2 Jun 2021  

GALLERY: Weta Workshop welcomes in MEETINGS 2021

Capturing the colour, the camaraderie and the costumes at New Zealand’s premier business event welcome.


Go with Tourism partners with MEETINGS 2021
1 Jun 2021  

Go with Tourism partners with MEETINGS 2021

Students studying tourism to be introduced to prospective employers.


Registration to New Plymouth TECNZ ‘on pause’
1 Jun 2021  

Registration to New Plymouth TECNZ ‘on pause’

Interested registrants could still sign up to a waiting list.


EDNZ 2021: Momentum grows to fix Queenstown’s tourism over-reliance
28 May 2021   /

EDNZ 2021: Momentum grows to fix Queenstown’s tourism over-reliance

Heavy-hitting investors could help diversify Queenstown’s tourism-led economy.


Tākina convention centre gets green certification
21 May 2021   /

Tākina convention centre gets green certification

Takina set to open mid-2023 in downtown Wellington.


Hamilton secures TIA’s tourism summit, industry awards
13 May 2021  

Hamilton secures TIA’s tourism summit, industry awards

The 2021 Tourism Summit Aotearoa will be held on Wednesday 1 September.


Chch to showcase lessons in resilience at TRENZ
4 May 2021  

Chch to showcase lessons in resilience at TRENZ

Christchurch seeks to showcase its revitalisation since the 2011 earthquake as a major theme at the TRENZ Hui 2021 this week.


SkyCity launches $125m raise, pushes out NZICC delivery
3 May 2021   /

SkyCity launches $125m raise, pushes out NZICC delivery

Delivery of the beleaguered NZICC has been pushed back again, this time to 2024.


Trans-Tasman bubble boosts conference bookings, revenue outlook
30 Apr 2021   /

Trans-Tasman bubble boosts conference bookings, revenue outlook

Hilton Taupo expects revenue to recover to pre-pandemic levels by year-end.


Conference to inject $415k into local economy
29 Apr 2021  

Conference to inject $415k into local economy

Auckland has won a bid to host the 2022 Annual Scientific Meeting for the Epilepsy Society of Australia, which is set to generate 1,000 visitor nights and inject more than $415,000 into the local economy.


Registration opens for 2021 TECNZ conference
28 Apr 2021  

Registration opens for 2021 TECNZ conference

The TECNZ event will be hosted in New Plymouth from 4-6 August.


Sculpture to greet visitors at Te Pae Christchurch
13 Apr 2021  

Sculpture to greet visitors at Te Pae Christchurch

A ceremonial entranceway called Te Aika is set to be installed for Ōtautahi Christchurch’s new Te Pae convention centre.


Air NZ boosts business-timed services as corporate travel returns
31 Mar 2021  

Air NZ boosts business-timed services as corporate travel returns

Air New Zealand boosts its business-related flights and improves connectivity as demand bounces back faster than expected.


Industry leaders head south for Tourism Policy School
19 Mar 2021   /

Industry leaders head south for Tourism Policy School

A roll call of New Zealand’s top tourism leaders are in Queenstown for the University of Otago’s Tourism Policy School.


Queenstown Lakes business events, incentives funding opens
19 Mar 2021   /

Queenstown Lakes business events, incentives funding opens

The Southern Lakes Events Investment Panel has opened applications for its Business Events Incentive Scheme.


TRENZ re-emerges revamped and renamed
15 Mar 2021   /

TRENZ re-emerges revamped and renamed

NZ’s largest annual tourism trade expo will focus on three themes: ‘Revive, Reconnect, Revitalise’.


$950k boost for World Conference on Women and Sport
9 Mar 2021   /

$950k boost for World Conference on Women and Sport

The government has injected $950,000 in support of the 8th World Conference of the International Working Group on Women in Sport in Auckland in 2022.


Te Pae Christchurch to launch pop-up taster event
9 Mar 2021   /

Te Pae Christchurch to launch pop-up taster event

Te Pae Christchurch Convention Centre is launching a ‘Taste of Te Pae’ pop-up activation event ahead of the venue’s launch later this year.


First events at Wellington’s Tākina locked in
15 Feb 2021   /

First events at Wellington’s Tākina locked in

The Festival for the Future conference, would be held over multiple days with more than 1200 delegates.


Christchurch wins bid to host international AI conference
12 Feb 2021   /

Christchurch wins bid to host international AI conference

The conference would attract up to 200 computer science, psychology, robotics and design academics worldwide.


NZ Cruise conference cancelled again – aims for mid-2022
11 Feb 2021   /

NZ Cruise conference cancelled again – aims for mid-2022

NZCA chair Debbie Summers said the decision was made because of the ongoing impacts of Covid-19 on the industry.


Scenic departs Marlborough Convention Centre
2 Feb 2021   /

Scenic departs Marlborough Convention Centre

The Marlborough Convention Centre will now be managed by the Marlborough District Council, after Scenic Hotel Group’s lease came to an end after 13 years.


ACB head Anna Hayward resigns after 13 years in role
28 Jan 2021   /

ACB head Anna Hayward resigns after 13 years in role

Under Hayward’s watch, ACB had secured approximately $275m worth of business events for Auckland.


SkyCity reshuffle sees Mallett take NZ COO post
27 Jan 2021   /

SkyCity reshuffle sees Mallett take NZ COO post

Three international appointments fill gaps left by recent executive departures at the hotel and entertainment group.


Border uncertainty sees hybrid AIME 2021 cancelled
26 Jan 2021  

Border uncertainty sees hybrid AIME 2021 cancelled

One of Asia Pacific’s flagship annual business events showcases has been cancelled due to uncertainty wrought by Covid-19 border closures.


Boutique hotel, conference centre comes to market
25 Jan 2021   /

Boutique hotel, conference centre comes to market

A boutique hotel and conference centre in Blenheim, Marlborough Vintners Hotel, has been put for sale by its founding owners.


The key for 2021? Consistency – BEIA’s Lisa Hopkins
19 Jan 2021   /

The key for 2021? Consistency – BEIA’s Lisa Hopkins

The association’s CEO says the hard-hit business events sector is desperate for an uninterrupted year.


NZICC secures coral conference worth $6m to local economy
12 Jan 2021   /

NZICC secures coral conference worth $6m to local economy

The 2025 event is expected to attract 2500 delegates to Auckland.


Auckland confirmed for MEETINGS 2021, Christchurch in 2022
17 Dec 2020   /

Auckland confirmed for MEETINGS 2021, Christchurch in 2022

MEETINGS 2021 will take place over two days in Auckland next year, says Business Events Industry Aotearoa.


RemoteTogetherNZ festival sets 2021 dates
14 Dec 2020  

RemoteTogetherNZ festival sets 2021 dates

New Zealand’s first ‘future of work’ festival RemoteTogether will be hosted in Queenstown from 8-13 March 2021.


cievents closure sees trio launch new incentives firm
9 Dec 2020   /

cievents closure sees trio launch new incentives firm

Starting a new business in the middle of the pandemic may be a scary idea to some, but was necessary to deliver what was promised to clients, says the new directors of Motive Events. 


Operators, be ready to lift prices – TECNZ
8 Dec 2020   /

Operators, be ready to lift prices – TECNZ

Tourism businesses that reduced prices for the domestic market must prepare to start lifting them again for the return of international travellers, according to Tourism Export Council of New Zealand chief executive Lynda Keene.


Gallery: 2020 BE Reconnected
7 Dec 2020   /

Gallery: 2020 BE Reconnected

Professional Conference Organisers, event planners, regional tourism organisations and other key players from New Zealand’s business events sector came together for the first official function of the year, BE Reconnected.


Gallery: TECNZ Xmas Symposium 2020
7 Dec 2020   /

Gallery: TECNZ Xmas Symposium 2020

Tourism operators, agencies and inbound tour operators from around the country gathered at the Heritage Hotel in Auckland for Tourism Export Council of New Zealand’s 2020 Xmas Symposium.


ITOs cannot wait until 2022 – TECNZ’s Keene
3 Dec 2020   /

ITOs cannot wait until 2022 – TECNZ’s Keene

Visitors from long-haul destinations must begin to arrive in New Zealand from 1 October 2021 if inbound tour operators are to survive the Covid-19 crisis, says Tourism Export Council chief executive Lynda Keene.


Australian incentives specialists set sights on NZ
3 Dec 2020  

Australian incentives specialists set sights on NZ

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