A leading designer and manufacturer of innovative waterslides and attractions, Australian Waterslides and Leisure (AWL) is also able to advise clients in the areas of concept and design, feasibility…read more
New Zealand’s biggest business events showcase opens in Auckland
Exhibitors from 19 regions are set to meet with buyers from eight countries with today’s opening of New Zealand’s annual business events industry showcase, CINZ MEETINGS 2018, in Auckland.
Conventions and Incentives New Zealand (CINZ) Chief Executive, Sue Sullivan says New Zealand’s premier business events exhibition brings together over 190 suppliers and 500 conference, event and incentive organisers to meet under one roof for two days at ASB Showgrounds.
Sullivan states “MEETINGS is an important showcase for New Zealand’s unique culture of manaakitanga (warm hospitality). Sensational events like last night’s welcome are a chance for us to put the spotlight on our exceptional venues, food, styling, and entertainment.
“Our show floor, and our networking events are packed with incredible ideas, latest trends and magical experiences these buyers can take back to their clients. From luxury lodges, heli-touring and sailing options, to styling and technology experts, and brand-new convention centres and exhibition venues, they all come together to create the New Zealand experience for our visiting buyers.
“Exhibitors and buyers will hold more than 6,000 meetings during our two days of pre-scheduled appointments and social networking events. With the support of key regional convention bureaux and Air New Zealand, we have hosted 48 Australian buyers and media on six different regional weekend tours, another 28 will visit Hobbiton and Hamilton on Friday, and eight head to the Bay of Islands for a post-MEETINGS tour hosted by Millennium Hotels and Resorts and Air New Zealand.
“Visiting Auckland, Lake Taupo, Rotorua, Marlborough, Christchurch and Queenstown this weekend, our Australian buyers and media have experienced everything from luxury lodges, wineries and local cuisine, to four-wheel driving, jetboating, sailing, island hopping, thermal health spas, and teeing off in the awe-inspiring scenery of a world heritage listed national park. They have also been immersed in true Māori cultural experiences, and throughout their time here they have all experienced the overwhelming warmth of the Aotearoa New Zealand welcome – our manaakitanga,” she says.
MEETINGS attracts international conference and incentive organisers, brought here with support from Tourism New Zealand (TNZ) and Air New Zealand. This year they include 30 hosted buyers and media from China, South East Asia, North America, Argentina and over 90 buyers and media from Australia. Last year MEETINGS generated more than $56 million of signed business across the two days at ASB Showgrounds.
Sullivan explains that New Zealand is a sought-after conference, incentive and event destination, adding “we are safe, friendly, hospitable, innovative and great to do business with. This makes our industry a significant generator of income, employment, investment and knowledge-sharing for New Zealand.
“With the New Zealand International Convention Centre (NZICC) in Auckland, and Christchurch’s new convention centre set to open by 2020, New Zealand is ready to capture a bigger share of the international multi-day convention market. Regional New Zealand will also benefit from these new venues, as large conferences book to take their sub-conferences to venues outside of the main centres.”
Air New Zealand is principal sponsor of CINZ MEETINGS 2018, and major sponsors are ASB Showgrounds, Peek Exhibition and Centium Software.
The event commenced yesterday evening with more than 650 CINZ delegates welcomed to Auckland Town Hall last night
For more information go to www.meetings.co.nz
Images: Tourism New Zealand (top) and Queenstown (middle) exhibit at CINZ MEETINGS, and last night's CINZ reception at Auckland Town Hall (below).
14th February 2018 - CINZ ANNOUNCES 2018 MENTORSHIP PROGRAMME
23rd October 2017 - NEW ZEALAND’S BUSINESS EVENTS INDUSTRY IN ACTION FOR DUNEDIN STUDENTS
11th September 2017 - CINZ AND TOURISM NEW ZEALAND TO EXPAND COLLABORATION TO GROW BUSINESS EVENTS
21st June 2017 - ARI LAUNCHES FACILITY MANAGERS MENTORING PROGRAM
5th June 2017 - BRIGHT FUTURE FOR NEW ZEALAND BUSINESS EVENTS
1st June 2017 - CHRISTCHURCH CENTRE DESIGNS REVEAL WORLD-CLASS VENUE
10th May 2017 - ACTIONS TO SUPERCHARGE FUTURE SUCCESS OF NEW ZEALAND TOURISM
8th March 2017 - CONVENTIONS GENERATE HIGH VALUE FOR NEW ZEALAND
22nd February 2017 - CHRISTCHURCH’S REGENERATION SHOWCASED AT AIME 2017
31st January 2017 - TOURISM INDUSTRY AIMS TO MAINTAIN RECORD GROWTH
19th January 2017 - STRESSES SHOW AS NEW ZEALAND TOURISM THRIVES
13th January 2017 - AIME TO BE ASIA-PACIFIC’S FIRST TRULY SMART MICE EXHIBITION
17th December 2016 - NEW TOOL TO GROW DOMESTIC TOURISM
31st October 2016 - NEW SELLER PACKAGES FOR TRENZ 2017
Asking a small favour
We hope that you value the news that we publish so while you're here can we ask for your support?
The news we publish at www.ausleisure.com.au is independent, credible (we hope) and free for you to access, with no pay walls and no annoying pop-up ads.
However, as an independent publisher, can we ask for you to support us by subscribing to the printed Australasian Leisure Management magazine - if you don't already do so.
Published bi-monthly since 1997, the printed Australasian Leisure Management differs from this website in that it publishes longer, in-depth and analytical features covering aquatics, attractions, entertainment, events, fitness, parks, recreation, sport, tourism and venues management.
Subscriptions cost just $90 a year.
Click here to subscribe.
The Complete Guide to Leisure Industry Products & Services.
BODY BIKE® International is a leading manufacturer of indoor bikes with a 20-year track record of creating the best indoor bikes. Stay connected with Body Bike Australia…read more
Commercial Aquatics Australia provides aquatic solutions nationwide and is one of the largest and most experienced companies specialising in the design, construction, renovation, service, maintenance…read more
SeatGeek is a search engine and mobile-focused ticket marketplace that allows fans to buy and sell tickets for live events. As of August 2018, SeatGeek has exited the Australian, New…read more
Lander & Rogers' Sports Business Group is the leading sports law practice in Australia, representing over 150 national and international sporting bodies. Our clients include international…read more
Crystal Pools has a solid history of performance on a wide variety of government and commercial projects and is the name behind many of Australia’s most innovative and ambitious aquatic…read more
HTS Group Ltd provides a complete design, system integration, installation and maintenance package to the transportation, traffic engineering, parking and sports timing industries in New Zealand,…read more
We are Aussie Strength. The ultimate supplier for Commercial Gym Equipment that's built to deliver in the toughest environments. From USA-Built hardcore weight training equipment from Arsenal…read more
get listed with our suppliers directory
Get your business noticed in our targeted directory. Viewed by 10,000 industry professionals per week!