Monday, 12 June 2017 08:42

Pre-MEETINGS famil a hit for Wanaka

Lake Wanaka Tourism held a pre-MEETINGS famil in Wanaka at the beginning of this month, hosting international buyers from a range of markets including North America, SE Asia and India.

The famil, which was hosted in conjunction with Tourism New Zealand, saw buyers experience a range of Wanaka activities including skydiving and high country 4WD, and concluded with a gala dinner at The Rippon Hall. The buyers stayed at Edgewater.

James Helmore, general manager of Lake Wanaka Tourism, says promoting Wanaka as a destination for incentives and conferences is one of the organisation’s key strategies.

‘Typically conference delegates will stay longer than other visitors to the region and C&I events are usually held outside of peak seasons,’ he says.

Helmore says Wanaka being selected by Tourism New Zealand as a MEETINGS famil destination was recognition of the region’s portfolio of products, services and venues for the MICE market.

Check out some photos of the group at Skydive Wanaka in our gallery.

Published in Around New Zealand
Monday, 05 June 2017 23:02

MEETINGS 2017: And the winners are

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.

Published in Association Focus
Thursday, 01 June 2017 03:12

MEETINGS wraps up

MEETINGS 2017 has come to an end, with the two-day trade exhibition putting New Zealand’s potential for events and incentive travel on show.

CINZ chief executive Sue Sullivan says a big contingent of international buyers and media were hosted over the two days of the event.

‘Event organisers are always looking for something truly different, and we have shown them New Zealand is a stunning learning and networking environment,’ she says. 

‘Our exhibitors have had plenty of positive feedback and have collectively held over 6000 meetings with potential clients and will be leaving MEETINGS with strong business leads to follow up,’ says Sullivan.

Published in Around New Zealand
Monday, 29 May 2017 22:07

The wait is over

 CINZ MEETINGS 2017 has finally arrived, with the two-day event kicking off in Auckland.

Conventions and Incentives New Zealand chief executive, Sue Sullivan says the exhibition is the largest in the event’s 21-year history, showcasing 19 regions and more than 195 exhibitors to over 500 conference, event and incentive organisers.

‘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 also hosted 44 Australian buyers and media on seven different regional pre-MEETINGS tours, and another 36 will visit Hobbiton and Hamilton-Waikato on Friday,’ she explains.

Last year MEETINGS generated more than $55million of signed business during its two days of pre-scheduled appointments.

New Zealand Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Tourism Hon. Paula Bennett will be joined by industry leaders to visit MEETINGS on Thursday 1 June.

Published in Hot Off The Press

Organised by Conventions and Incentives New Zealand, the country’s largest tourism trade exhibition kicks off in Auckland next week.

CINZ MEETINGS will connect over 195 exhibitors from 19 regions across New Zealand with more than 500 New Zealand, Australian and international buyers.

Sue Sullivan, chief executive of CINZ, says this year’s show is the largest in its 21 year history.

Published in Hot Off The Press

CINZ MEETINGS 2017 is on this month, and organisers are making sure that New Zealand’s Maori culture is put embraced throughout the exhibition.

Conventions and Incentives New Zealand (CINZ) chief executive Sue Sullivan says Maori culture is infused into every aspect of MEETINGS, from the set-up of the exhibition, right through to the welcoming ceremonies.

‘Our culture is New Zealand’s point of difference, and it creates a strong sense of place for people attending business events here. There’s nothing quite like it anywhere else,’ she says.

Published in Hot Off The Press

CINZ has revealed the details of its social programme for MEETINGS 2017, set to take place at the end of this month.

‘We are planning epic experiences for 650 guests at MEETINGS, from the welcome function on Tuesday 30 May through to the finale dinner on Thursday 1 June,’ Conventions and Incentives New Zealand (CINZ) chief executive Sue Sullivan says.

A relaxed evening of entertainment at Auckland’s new Grand Millennium will kick MEETINGS off, inspired by Le Cirque and produced by The Event Group with The Dust Palace, while The Langham will host the finale dinner, created by the Event Impressions team. Entitled Mosaic, the seated event is being themed by Event Impressions with entertainment and sound by The Production Agency.

Published in Hot Off The Press
Wednesday, 26 April 2017 22:16

MEETINGS 2017 to put NZ on show

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.

Published in Association Focus

Convene South