Conventions and Incentives New Zealand and Tourism New Zealand are continuing their collaborative approach.
The two organisations have resigned for a fifth year a Memorandum of Understanding that confirms cooperative activity in the promotion of international business events to New Zealand.
The commitment hopes to build on the momentum of previous years encouraging visitation to New Zealand from the lucrative business events sector.
Tourism New Zealand’s chief executive Stephen England-Hall says the organisation will continue to support CINZ’s Australian trade events to enable greater reach and effectiveness, and will continue to drive global marketing campaign activity in support of the sector, and operate the Conference Assistance Programme as the key tool in securing large scale international conferences.
The Waikato was put under the spotlight last week as part of the Business Events Waikato Showcase held at Claudelands Arena.
A group of 12 PCOs were treated to a three-day Waikato welcoming, hosted by Hamilton & Waikato Tourism NZ business events manager Amanda Graham. The group explored a range of the best conference venues, business event spaces and services the Waikato region has on offer.
Day one of the three-day jaunt kicked off with lunch at the Sudima Hotel Hamilton and an activation session led by Joanna Hall, sales & event manager and Julia Edward, sales & event executive from Team Up Events. Then it was time to get down to business, with event organisers, PCOs and buyers coming together to meet with the wide array of operators exhibiting at the showcase.
The showcase included over 50 exhibitors, including Hobbiton Movie Set, Discover Waitomo, Distinction Hamilton Hotel and many more, as well as guest speakers from Essential Talent including Duncan Garner and Rob Hamil along with a Tourism NZ panel discussion about the Waikato. The showcase ended with drinks, canapes and entertainment from Looking for Alaska and Lyrica. The day was wrapped with a tour and dinner event at the Good George Brewery.
‘Buyers say that the close proximity to Auckland and Auckland Airport, great conference facilities and unique venues for social functions are a huge draw card. They love the way our operators work together to enhance the delegate experience,’ says Graham.
Day two saw the group of 12 take a tour of a bunch of venues in Hamilton including Distinction Hamilton, Zealong Tea and The Verandah. The group of buyers were lucky enough to head off to Waitomo and choose between The Legendary Black Water Rafting Co or Waitomo Glowworm Caves and Ruakuri Caves before being treated to a four course wine paired dinner at Claudelands in a surprise area of the venue.
The weekend wrapped up with a site visit and breakfast at the Novotel and Ibis Tainui Hamilton, followed by a quick tour of Skycity Hamilton before heading off for a post-famil at Hobbiton with a banquet feast.
Stay tuned for full coverage of the Business Events Waikato Showcase and famil in the upcoming October-November Meeting Newz magazine.
The group of 12 included Trish Bowell, Avenues Event Management; Neil Maitland, Conference Brokers Ltd; Heidi Buchmann, Soltius NZ Ltd; Ali Copeman, akB Conference Management; Tiffany Henderson, ILANZ; Shelley Haring, OnCue Conferences; Gabrielle O’Brien, NZ Law Society; Jean Barr, Top Achievers Sales Training; Lauren Keen, Lizzy Tankard, Promote Ltd and Mackenzie Smith, Icon Conference & Event Management.
Waikato will welcome around 800 international indigenous studies experts in June 2019. The event will put the region on the world stage as a cultural hub and is expected to deliver more than $1.7 million to the economy.
Tourism New Zealand worked with the University of Waikato and Hamilton and Waikato Tourism to secure the annual Native American and Indigenous Studies Association (NAISA) conference.
‘Waikato’s strong cultural links, activities and the University’s indigenous studies expertise was a winning combo and convinced the event organisers to bring the conference to New Zealand for the first time,’ says Lisa Gardiner business events and premium manager, Tourism New Zealand.
Seven business events exhibitors from around New Zealand will join CINZ and Tourism New Zealand on the 100% Pure New Zealand stand at the Associations Forum National Conference taking place in Sydney next month.
CINZ Australia manager Sharon Auld says the range of exhibitors heading along is designed to showcase New Zealand’s diversity as a destination. This year, three new exhibitors will join the group - Queen’s Wharf Auckland, Skyline Queenstown, and Auckland Museum - Tamaki Paenga Hira.
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.
New Zealand business events will deliver $311 million to the New Zealand economy, according to new figures released by Tourism New Zealand.
The events were secured by Tourism New Zealand and industry over the last four years and will bring nearly 100,000 people to the country, the organisation says.
In Budget 2013 the government invested $34 million with Tourism New Zealand for the purpose of attracting meetings, incentives and conferences.
‘We are really pleased with the significant return on investment we have made with the support of the New Zealand business events industry,” says René de Monchy, director trade, PR and major events.
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.
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).
Tourism New Zealand is currently hosting Taste of New Zealand events in Melbourne, Sydney, Canberra and Brisbane as Australian associations look to learn more abut the range of venues, accommodation, activities and cuisine on offer.
'Association event organisers are always on the lookout for a unique and memorable experience for their delegates,” says Lisa Gardiner, manager for Business Events and Premium, Tourism New Zealand.