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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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Hawke’s Bay secures 2021 BEIA conference
3 Dec 2020  

Hawke’s Bay secures 2021 BEIA conference

Hawke’s Bay has secured hosting rights for the 2021 Business Events Industry Aotearoa (BEIA) conference.


BE Reconnected: Business events, budgets and barriers for 2021
2 Dec 2020  

BE Reconnected: Business events, budgets and barriers for 2021

Green shoots of recovery are on the horizon for the business events sector with a new Tourism New Zealand survey revealing pockets of optimism for 2021.


BE Reconnected: Confidence key to unlocking business events – Hopkins
2 Dec 2020  

BE Reconnected: Confidence key to unlocking business events – Hopkins

Boosting confidence is key to unlocking the business event sector, says Lisa Hopkins.


BE Reconnected kicks off in Auckland
1 Dec 2020  

BE Reconnected kicks off in Auckland

New Zealand’s battle-weary business events sector is gathering in Auckland today for the first official function of the year, BE Reconnected.


Police conference worth $1.3m to Auckland economy
26 Nov 2020  

Police conference worth $1.3m to Auckland economy

The International Association of Women in Police (IAWP) Annual Conference will bring an estimated $1.3m into the local economy when Auckland plays host in 2023, says Auckland Convention Bureau.


Te Pae Christchurch sets mid-2021 completion
25 Nov 2020   /

Te Pae Christchurch sets mid-2021 completion

Construction of Te Pae Christchurch Convention Centre is on track to be completed mid-2021, with the first events likely to be held in the second half of the year.


CINZ unveils new name
19 Nov 2020  

CINZ unveils new name

The industry body represented 460 members across New Zealand who work within the meetings, incentives, conferences and conventions, and exhibitions sector.


Auckland city, hotels win big at MICE awards
19 Nov 2020   /

Auckland city, hotels win big at MICE awards

Auckland has been named the best meetings, incentives, conferences and exhibitions destination in Oceania at the inaugural World MICE Awards 2020.


Summit 2020: Post-summer concerns mounting
18 Nov 2020   /

Summit 2020: Post-summer concerns mounting

Tourism is facing nearly $13bn in lost spending due to the border closures.


Industry converges on Te Papa for Summit 2020
17 Nov 2020  

Industry converges on Te Papa for Summit 2020

Around 300 industry professionals will attend the sold-out Tourism Summit Aotearoa in Wellington today.


Nash to open Tourism Summit Aotearoa
9 Nov 2020   /

Nash to open Tourism Summit Aotearoa

New tourism minister Stuart Nash will present the opening address at this year’s Tourism Summit Aotearoa.


Semi Permanent event returns – this time free
6 Nov 2020  

Semi Permanent event returns – this time free

Semi Permanent Aotearoa will return to Auckland Aotea Centre on 12 November 2020, and for the first time, will be free to attend.


Will events drive Christchurch’s tourism recovery?
21 Oct 2020   /

Will events drive Christchurch’s tourism recovery?

The biggest stimulus for the city’s visitor economy will come from major and business events, says ChristchurchNZ.


ChristchurchNZ’s Heaphy on a new business events strategy and fund
15 Oct 2020   /

ChristchurchNZ’s Heaphy on a new business events strategy and fund

A new annual subvention fund will be used to attract global conferences to the city.


CINZ to host business events industry at BE Reconnected
23 Sep 2020   /

CINZ to host business events industry at BE Reconnected

Auckland will host a new one-day business events industry showcase, BE Reconnected, designed to help kick-start business recovery.


Hobbiton unveils new event, conference venues
18 Sep 2020   /

Hobbiton unveils new event, conference venues

Two new event facilities, The Millhouse and The Hub, have opened at Hobbiton Movie Set.


TECNZ announces new symposium dates
17 Sep 2020   /

TECNZ announces new symposium dates

Tourism Export Council of New Zealand’s Xmas Symposium 2020 has been confirmed for 2 December 2020 at Heritage Auckland.


Queenstown lands 12-day remote working festival
17 Sep 2020  

Queenstown lands 12-day remote working festival

Queenstown will host the new 12-day festival RemoteTogetherNZ festival this November.


Tourism New Zealand sets industry roadshow dates
15 Sep 2020  

Tourism New Zealand sets industry roadshow dates

Tourism New Zealand will hit the road in October to update industry on its work and its long-term strategy.


Foran to address Tourism Summit Aotearoa
7 Sep 2020   /

Foran to address Tourism Summit Aotearoa

Tourism Industry Aotearoa is planning to hold its annual summit on 17 November, with Air New Zealand chief executive Greg Foran lined up as a speaker.


$10m Domestic Events Fund deployment “great relief” – NZEA
2 Sep 2020   /

$10m Domestic Events Fund deployment “great relief” – NZEA

Among the 200 events supported are Conventions & Incentives New Zealand’s MEETINGS


Hilton Auckland to host hybrid hotel industry events
1 Sep 2020   /

Hilton Auckland to host hybrid hotel industry events

The Hilton Auckland will host a full-day pop-up hotel industry conference as part of this year’s hybrid AHICE and Design Inn 2020 event.


Gatherings ban “catastrophic” for business events – CINZ
25 Aug 2020   /

Gatherings ban “catastrophic” for business events – CINZ

CINZ’s Lisa Hopkins urges the Govt to distinguish between business events and mass gatherings.


NZ’s business events industry is on its knees – CINZ’s Hopkins
19 Aug 2020  

NZ’s business events industry is on its knees – CINZ’s Hopkins

The association’s CEO on why the latest lockdown “feels so much worse” for the struggling industry.


Regional lockdown tactic welcomed but tourism on tenterhooks
13 Aug 2020   /

Regional lockdown tactic welcomed but tourism on tenterhooks

A second nationwide lockdown would be devastating to operators, say industry groups.


Wellington convention centre to be named ‘Tākina’
10 Aug 2020  

Wellington convention centre to be named ‘Tākina’

Wellington City Councillors will this week be asked to approve Tākina as the name for the Wellington Convention and Exhibition Centre currently.


New model proposed to reduce conference carbon footprint by 90%
17 Jul 2020   /

New model proposed to reduce conference carbon footprint by 90%

Researchers from the University of Otago have outlined new measures that may reduce the carbon footprint of conference and events travel by up to 90%.


TECNZ launches ‘Spring’ Symposium
14 Jul 2020   /

TECNZ launches ‘Spring’ Symposium

The Tourism Export Council of New Zealand has moved its annual Xmas Symposium in December to a new ‘Spring’ Symposium in September.


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.


Industry to converge on Te Pae as MEETINGS 2021 confirmed
30 Jun 2020   /

Industry to converge on Te Pae as MEETINGS 2021 confirmed

More than 180 exhibitors and 400 buyers are expected at the event to be held in a year.


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.