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New venue, new possibilities for New Zealand business events industry

New venue, new possibilities for New Zealand business events industry
January 26, 2014

A new venue is opening up a world of possibilities for exhibitors at New Zealand's premier business events exhibition, MEETINGS.

This year MEETINGS, which is organised annually by Conventions and Incentives New Zealand (CINZ), will be held on Wednesday 18th and Thursday 19th June at Auckland's ASB Showgrounds - offering more space and flexibility for exhibitors and new opportunities for networking.

For the first time the exhibition will be staged across two large pavilions.

MEETINGS Event Manager Jeanette Stanton explains "at the ASB Showgrounds we have the luxury of space so we have been able to introduce some new options for exhibitors that give them a bit more flexibility.

"One of the things that we've picked up on from last year's event is that there is a real interest from buyers in our luxury or boutique offerings so we're creating an exhibition space that is dedicated to what we call our 'Luxury Collection'.

"We're also going to set up regional pavilions where the regional convention bureaux can band together with smaller suppliers to give a real flavour of what their region has to offer."

Tourism New Zealand (TNZ) has increased its commitment to MEETINGS this year and plans to bring 30 to 40 influential buyers and media from North America, China, India and South East Asia to the exhibition through the Hosted Buyer Programme.

TNZ Chief Executive Kevin Bowler adds "we are committed to working with CINZ to grow convention and incentive business for New Zealand. MEETINGS is a key trade show for New Zealand and a very effective tool for the New Zealand industry to reach international business events decision-makers."

TNZ International Business Events Manager Bjoern Spreitzer believes MEETINGS is a great way for buyers to see the diversity of product on offer in New Zealand, stating "it's an impressive one-stop shop and we're very pleased to be involved with it."

CINZ Chief Executive Alan Trotter says with three new convention centres in the planning in New Zealand, great opportunities exist to attract new business.

Trotter explains "we see MEETINGS as a fantastic marketing tool. It consistently delivers new business leads and we're excited about the potential of this year's event."

Air New Zealand is once again Principal Sponsor for MEETINGS 2014, renewing its ongoing commitment to the hosted buyer programme. The event's other major sponsors are ASB Showgrounds, Peek Display and Centium Software.

Applications for the MEETINGS 2014 Hosted Buyer Programme are currently open.

For more information on MEETINGS 2014 call Jeanette Stanton directly on (+64) 9 485 3148, www.meetings.co.nz

12th May 2010 - ASB SHOWGROUNDS REDEVELOPMENT OPENS


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