The industry as a whole needs to better understand the significance of using an endorsed professional conference organiser, according to the new chairperson of the Approved Professional Conference Organiser (PCO) Group. Dunedin-based Ali Copeman, of akB Conference Management, says endorsed PCOs go through a rigorous process to achieve the status, especially around financial viability.
Segolene de Fontenay has been appointed to the role of general manager for the New Zealand Events Association, taking over from Vicky Watson. Through her appointment, de Fontenay says she will be working on making the association more visible and credible by representing its members through a strong industry voice.
Convene Queensland 2017 kicked off today in Brisbane.
In its fourth year running, buyers and operators all met at the Brisbane Convention and Exhibition Centre to network, swap business cards and share their Queensland knowledge.
Kiwi representatives have descended on Sydney for the Associations Forum National Conference (AFNC), which comes to an end today.
Conventions and Incentives New Zealand (CINZ) Australia manager Sharon Auld says the group highlights the vast array of support available for those considering New Zealand as a conference destination.
‘With our diverse regional choices, we can help anyone wanting to find a stand-out destination for their next event, and access the support available through Tourism New Zealand’s Conference Assistance Programme,’ she says.
Tourism New Zealand sponsored the panel session ‘Bigger, Better and More Profitable Events’ yesterday. The interactive workshop brought together association meeting practitioners to talk about their experiences growing events, in both size and profit. Phillipa Tocker, executive director of Museums Aotearoa - the independent association for New Zealand’s museums and galleries - joined the panel to share her insights.
Auld says the stand included wellness feature to help delegates take some time out between sessions.
The New Zealand representatives at the 12th AFNC included:
- Auckland Museum - Tamaki Paenga Hira
- Christchurch & Canterbury Convention Bureau
- Conventions and Incentives New Zealand (CINZ)
- Destination Rotorua Business Events
- Hobbiton™ Movie Set
- The Langham Auckland
- Skyline Queenstown
- Tourism New Zealand
SKYCITY Auckland Convention Centre will host the Global Speaking Summit in 2018.
Auckland Convention Bureau (ACB) – a division of Auckland Tourism, Events & Economic Development (ATEED) – with support from Tourism New Zealand and the National Speakers Association, compiled the winning bid for Auckland.
ACB manager Anna Hayward says securing another bid win this year highlights the strong momentum of the Auckland sector.
Applications for the new Zealand Events Awards are open as the industry looks to recognise success and innovation.
New Zealand Events Association (NZEA) chair Andrea Scotland says the Awards have seen year-on-year growth creating an intensely competitive forum nationally that recognises and promotes excellence within the events sector.
‘The purpose of the New Zealand Event Awards is to celebrate the boundaries pushed, the new benchmarks set and innovations we can share. We have world-class events and organisers in New Zealand, this is proven in the incredibly high calibre of applications we receive yearly and the feedback from our independent panel of judges,’ she explains.
CINZ MEETINGS 2017 came to an end on Thursday last week, wrapping up two full on days of meetings and networking with a gala dinner at The Langham Auckland.
The dinner was staged by Conventions and Incentives New Zealand (CINZ), with styling by Event Impressions, entertainment and sound from The Production Agency, and Staging Connections managing the audio-visual component.
‘Our evening was the opportunity for all those involved to celebrate a week of knowledge sharing, relationship building and successful business generation,’ commented CINZ CEO Sue Sullivan.
The next iMean (Interaction and Meaning) conference is going to be held out of the United Kingdom for the first time ever.
Wellington will be the new location for the linguistics event in 2019, bringing around 250 delegates to the capital with an expected boost of around $700k to the economy.
Behind the conference win is Victoria University, with funding support from Tourism New Zealand and the Wellington Regional Economic Development Agency (WREDA).
The annual Australian Society of Association Executives Leadership, Insights and Networking conference (LINC) has just announced its dates and location for this year.
It will be held between the 13 - 14 November 2017 in Wellington at Shed 6, Venues Wellington.
Three exciting regional famil options are among the highlights for incentive operators and meeting planners who attend a major business events expo in Brisbane on 18 July.
Convene Queensland (Convene Q) will showcase more than 100 venues, accommodation choices, attractions, activities, theme and audio visual companies, speakers and other suppliers in the state. It is ideal for association executives, professional conference organisers, executive administrators and others who organise meetings, functions, trade shows and others who organise business events in Queensland.
Convene Q general manager Allyssa Eastaugh says that while delegates are welcome to attend the show only, they can get extra value out of exploring further through the event’s highly regarded famil programme – open to hosted buyers from around Australia and New Zealand.
MEETINGS is a two-day national business tourism event for the conference, meetings, events, exhibition and travel incentive industry.
The event has been happening for the past 20 years, enabling attendees to meet exhibitors from across New Zealand all in one or two days.
Sue Sullivan, Conventions and Incentives New Zealand (CINZ) Chief Executive, says they’re inviting everyone responsible for meetings and events to spend a few valuable hours at MEETINGS 2017.
Convene 2017 kicks off this week, taking place at the Vodafone Events Centre in Manukau for the first time.
Convene showcases products and services from across the North Island to buyers from New Zealand and Australia.
The event enables organisers of conferences, meetings and incentives to source a diverse range of North Island products and services in one day.
A record 18 exhibitors will represent New Zealand at the 2016 PCOA Conference in Brisbane this month.
Conventions and Incentives New Zealand (CINZ) Australia manager Sharon Auld says the New Zealand team is set to embrace and demonstrate the conference themes of connect, collaborate, differentiate.
The conference theme will come to life in presentations from the three New Zealand speakers in the programme - transformation leader Bruce Cotterill, Air New Zealand’s Jenni Martin and New Zealand International Convention Centre’s Callum Mallett. During the conference breaks, the speakers will also be on hand to chat personally with delegates.
Associations have been urged to take note of the United Nations’ sustainable development goals that were adopted late last year, and build them into their own aspirations.
Speaking at the Union of International Associations’ (UIA) round table Asia-Pacific 2016 late September, UIA vice president Cyril Ritchie pointed out that associations and civil society organisations are groupings of citizens who have ‘self organised’ to promote a good cause.
‘Or they have self-organised to combat a bad plan. The moral and ethical power of civil society has no limits, there is an essential role to play.’