PCOA23 Program Release

Thursday, 03 August 2023 02:02 Written by

PCOA is excited to announce the release of the PCOA23 program.

NZEA event award finalists announced

Monday, 07 August 2023 22:50 Written by

The NZ Events Association (NZEA) NZ Event Awards have this year attracted the highest number of entries in the history of the Awards.

Applications open to exhibit at MEETINGS 2024 in Rotorua

Monday, 16 October 2023 22:11 Written by
Exhibitor applications open this week for New Zealand's leading business events industry showcase MEETINGS 2024 in Rotorua next June.

Business Events Expo app available soon

Tuesday, 17 October 2023 23:50 Written by

Buyers who have registered for the Business Events Expo will be able to download the event app from early next week. The app will allow them to view and connect with more than 130 exhibitors from around New Zealand, Australia, Pacific Islands and Asia. 

New Zealand’s record-setting business events tradeshow opens next week

Monday, 13 June 2022 23:11

Australia’s and New Zealand’s top business events professionals are heading to Christchurch next week for New Zealand’s largest-ever business events tradeshow, MEETINGS 2022.

MEETINGS 2023 attracts leading international event planners to NZ

Monday, 01 May 2023 11:46

Over 230 leading business event organisers from Australia, North America, Singapore and New Zealand have been confirmed as fully hosted buyers for the first MEETINGS exhibition in Te Whanganui-a-Tara Wellington this June.

New Zealand takes hybrid stand at AIME

Sunday, 27 February 2022 23:08

New Zealand will be showcasing its new venues and activities to the Asia Pacific meetings and events industry with a new hybrid stand at this year’s AIME trade show.

Office, PA & Event Planner Show

Monday, 29 March 2021 03:03

It was a busy two days at the Cordis Hotel Auckland when the 2021 Office, PA and Event Planner Show (OPEPS) was finally held after COVID delays on 23 and 24 March.  

Strong New Zealand contingent at largest Asia Pacific meetings event

Wednesday, 13 April 2022 22:58

New Zealand’s new venues and activities were on show to the Asia Pacific meetings and events industry at the Asia Pacific Incentives and Meetings Event (AIME) 2022.

Evolve 2022

Thursday, 07 July 2022 23:53

The events community come together in Melbourne last week for Meetings Events Australia ’s Evolve 2022.

New business and knowledge opportunities at MEETINGS 2023 

Monday, 29 May 2023 00:07

Business Events Industry Aotearoa's MEETINGS national trade exhibition on 21 and 22 June will welcome back international buyers with a raft of new business, networking and knowledge opportunities.

Business Events Expo exhibitor registrations now open

Monday, 29 May 2023 00:33

The Business Events taking place at Viaduct Events Centre on 21 November is open for exhibitor registrations. It will be the first time in New Zealand that both national and international business event solutions will be presented under one roof in one day.

Demand high for Business Events Expo 

Monday, 10 July 2023 09:46

November's inaugural Business Events Expo is close to a sell out with exhibitors taking advantage of early-bird rates that finished on 31 July.

New name for Dreamtime

Sunday, 12 November 2023 22:17

Business Events Australia’s signature incentive showcase Dreamtime, normally held every two years, will be held again in 2024 under the new name 'Australia Next'. 

Registrations open for PCOA 2023

Monday, 12 June 2023 23:12

PCOA23 registration has opened to PCOs, In-house Event Managers and PCOA Business Partners.

Business Events Expo debut ticks all boxes

Wednesday, 22 November 2023 04:36

The inaugural Business Events Expo, held at Viaduct Events centre in Auckland on Tuesday, has generated an overwhelmingly positive repsonse.

Australia's oldest PCO gather in Alice Springs

Monday, 29 August 2022 05:18

Two years of staff working harder than ever during the global pandemic saw the entire ICMS Australasia team taken away to Alice Springs recently for a part-reward, part-development experience.

Inaugural NZ Business Events Week elevates sector

Monday, 18 September 2023 21:37

New Zealand's first Business Events Week launched yesterday  with the Business Events Industry Aotearoa Annual Conference  in Marlborough, followed by policy and business forums in Wellington and Auckland.

Be in early for full benefits of Business Events Expo

Monday, 21 August 2023 21:21

Conference, meeting and incentive professionals are being encouraged to register early for the Business Events Expo (BEE) to ensure they take full advantage of the exhibition.

AIME 2024 - Hosted buyer applications open

Monday, 11 September 2023 00:20


Senior event professionals are invited to apply for AIME’s 2024 Hosted Buyer Program.

Guest Speaker announced for Business Events Expo

Tuesday, 26 September 2023 03:27

One of New Zealand’s most influential coaches and motivators will be the lunchtime speaker at the Business Events Expo on 21 November.

Gordon Walker is best known as the long-term coach of Dame Lisa Carrington (winner of five gold and one bronze Olympic medals). He has been named Coach of the Year at the Halberg Awards four times and Coach of the Decade 2010-2020. He has coached athletes to win 23 world championship medals in canoe sprint.

Business Events Expo one week away

Tuesday, 14 November 2023 00:07

The Business Events Expo, now one week away, is reporting strong interest and registrations from corporate travel agents, group tour operators and others from the travel trade, organisers report.

Record value for business events post-MEETINGS 2023

Monday, 21 August 2023 02:49

Aotearoa New Zealand’s leading annual business events exhibition, MEETINGS broke records this year for the projected value of business it generated.

Buyer interest strong for inaugural expo

Tuesday, 31 October 2023 21:01

Registrations from business event organisers continue to track strongly in the lead up to the inaugural Business Events Expo in Auckland on 21 November.

Fieldays 2023 is underway

Thursday, 15 June 2023 01:11

Fieldays 2023 kicks off spectacularly, setting the stage for the 4-day event.

A world of business events coming to Auckland

Monday, 27 March 2023 10:43

A new exhibition aimed at the conference, association and group travel sectors will bring the best of business events from around New Zealand and beyond to Auckland later this year.

Just launched by Tourism Media Group, publisher of Meeting Newz magazine, The Business Events Expo will take place at the Viaduct Event Centre on 21 November.

TMG directors Paul Hailes, Terry Holt and Gary Covich say the show is filling a specific need in the market and will complement existing events in the conference, incentive and business travel sectors.

It will be the first time in New Zealand that both national and international business events solutions will be presented under one roof in one day.

Exhibitors will include national and regional tourism offices (NTOs and RTOs), venues, accommodation, conference and exhibition services, destination management companies (DMCs) and transport providers. Niche and boutique operators like cruise vessels, lodges and other off-site options are also welcome to be involved.

‘This will be the first event of its kind in Auckland for several years and will reinforce the return of the Viaduct Events Centre to this market,’ says Paul Hailes.

TMG, working with industry partners The Coast Group, The Production Agency, Tourism Marketing Solutions, Event Solutions and TRAVELinc Memo, will deliver a mixture of pre-scheduled appointments and free-flowing meeting and networking opportunities.

Buyers will be administrative professionals, EAs, PAs, professional event planners, destination wedding professionals, sporting and trade associations, travel management companies, travel brokers and retail agents, travel wholesalers, and special interest group operators.

"We are offering exhibitors flexible options , to allow for smaller,  niche event suppliers the opportunity to be part of this new event, which we believe will appeal to the buyers we will be attracting,’ says Terry Holt.

Further details will soon be available on line. In the meantime anyone who is interested in attending as an exhibitor or buyer can contact:

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New exhibitors and buyers line up for MEETINGS 2023 in Wellington

Monday, 20 March 2023 20:13
Exhibitors and buyers are lining up to be part of New Zealand's premier business events showcase, MEETINGS 2023 run by Business Events Industry Aotearoa (BEIA) on 21 and 22 June in Te Whanganui-a-Tara Wellington.

Event Accessibility Webinar

Wednesday, 11 October 2023 01:56

Rotorua Roadshow kicks off in Melbourne

Monday, 27 March 2023 10:29

Rotorua NZ along with 20 operators from the region have kicked off their Travel Trade and Business Events Roadshow in Melbourne on Monday at the Pink Restaurant in the city centre.

MEETINGS commits to carbonzero certification

Monday, 03 April 2023 06:22

The 27th MEETINGS 2023 run by Business Events Industry Aotearoa (BEIA) in June will be the most sustainable yet, with a renewed commitment to reducing the event’s greenhouse gas footprint.

New Zealand Event Awards heading to Christchurch

Wednesday, 01 February 2023 01:17

Te Pae Christchurch Convention Centre will host the New Zealand Event Awards (NZEA) on 9 November 2023.

14th PCOA Conference kicks off in Hobart

Sunday, 11 December 2022 21:41

The 14th Professional Conference Organisers Association Conference kicked off in Hobart yesterday (December 11) after a three-year in-person hiatus.  

NZEA Event awards - open for applications

Wednesday, 12 April 2023 01:51

Applications are now open for the NZEA New Zealand Events Awards to celebrate innovation, resilience, excellence and evolution in New Zealand's world-class events industry. 

The official opening of Tākina postponed

Tuesday, 16 May 2023 01:11
Wellington Mayor, Tory Whanau, has sent out the following notice advising of the postponement of the official opening of Tākina Wellington Convention and Exhibition Centre scheduled for tomorrow.

NZEA set date for Eventing the Future 2023

Monday, 12 December 2022 00:58

The New Zealand Events Association (NZEA) have announced that their National Events Conference, Eventing the Future (ETF23),  will return to Auckland in 2023 for the first time in seven years. 

Regional networking event in Wellington

Monday, 17 April 2023 20:46

Around 40 event planners from all around Aotearoa New Zealand attended a regional networking event held recently at Foxglove in Wellington. Waikato, Rotorua, Dunedin and Southland regional convention bureaus visited the capital and took the opportunity to get together with local Wellington event professionals while they were in town.

New Zealand sustainable stand at AIME

Wednesday, 15 February 2023 01:12

The New Zealand stand at the recent AIME trade show sets a benchmark for a more sustainable future, says Tourism New Zealand.

NZ takes AIME at Asia Pacific Events

Tuesday, 07 February 2023 02:22

New Zealand is going big at the AIME trade show, with 27 partners joining the Tourism New Zealand Business Events team to showcase the country’s business events appeal to the Asia Pacific market.   

SITE ANZ one-day Sydney conference coming up

Friday, 08 July 2022 00:11

Incentive practitioners are being encouraged to join SITE Australia and New Zealand for its inaugural one-day conference in Sydney on Monday, July 18.

Australian Tourism Exchange starts on the Gold Coast

Sunday, 30 April 2023 07:10

Around 2,500 delegates from more than 30 countries will meet on the Gold Coast this week (30 April – 4 May) for the 43rd edition of the Australian Tourism Exchange (ATE).

MEETINGS 2023 near sell-out for new venue, new host city

Monday, 30 January 2023 03:02

MEETINGS 2023 is heading for a sell-out as exhibitors jump at the chance to be part of New Zealand’s largest business events showcase on 21 and 22 June in Te Whanganui-a-Tara/Wellington.

PCOA remember Tim Birley with inaugural award

Monday, 12 December 2022 00:57

At the PCOA conference this morning, board member, Paula Leishman announced a new annual 'Tim Birley' award.

Johnson & Laird speaker showcase

Wednesday, 07 December 2022 21:29


Johnson & Laird (J&L) hosted their exclusive Speaker Showcase in partnership with QT Auckland at their Rooftop bar yesterday.

Marvel Stadium to host AIME 30 Year Celebration

Wednesday, 01 February 2023 02:29

The Asia Pacific Incentives and Meetings Event (AIME) team, in partnership with the Melbourne Convention Bureau (MCB), are delighted to announce that Marvel Stadium will play host to the much-loved AIME Welcome Event on Monday, 13 February 2023.

Incentive programme recognised at Awards

Saturday, 01 October 2022 01:21

Business events company One Nine Five, designed a sales growth incentive programme, title 'ultimate degrees' for their client Gree NZ. 

NZEA NZ Event Awards winners announced

Tuesday, 26 July 2022 22:06

NZEA has announced the winners of its 2021 Awards which took place at Toitoi Arts & Events Centre, Hawke’s Bay on Tuesday night, more than 15 months and four postponements later. Nearly 350 event professionals from across the country were in attendance to celebrate the industry’s best.

AIME wins Australian event of the year 2022

Tuesday, 06 December 2022 23:24

The Asia Pacific Incentives and Meetings Event (AIME) has won in two categories at the Australian Event Awards & Symposium which took place in Sydney recently. 

Big issues on the agenda for NZ business event conference

Tuesday, 20 September 2022 23:17

Experts on workforce training, sustainability, and future strategies are set to share their insights with Business Events Industry Aotearoa’s (BEIA) members at next month’s Ignite the Future conference.

Lylo Auckland to open Thursday

Sunday, 27 November 2022 22:45

Lylo Auckland is a new lifestyle budget accommodation experience opening in Auckland CBD on 1 December.

PPG take two awards at NZEA 2022

Monday, 15 August 2022 22:10


It is all smiles for the PPG events team at the 2022 New Zealand Events Awards held in Hawke's Bay recently.  

Winemakers’ dinner series returns to The George

Sunday, 04 September 2022 22:03

The return of The Georges Winemakers' Dinner saw the coupling of fine wine merchant Negociants’ superstars Langmeil Winery and Misha’s Vineyard in an Australasian meeting of the vines.


“After getting through over two years of Covid-19-related restrictions The George was delighted to be able to host a wine maker’s dinner on site again. Our appreciation and thanks go out to our partners Negociants, Misha’s Vineyard and Langmeil Winery for being part of this spectacular evening.   John Etheridge, Hotel Manager of The George, Christchurch


A five-course terroir tour by bottle saw guests navigating the Barossa’s famed sun-baked earth, valley floor and ancient vines with Langmeil Winery’s Leigh Woodrow and exploring the cool climate aromatics and perfect pinot of Central Otago with Misha’s Vineyard’s Misha and Andy Wilkinson.


“When we first discussed a collaboration with Langmeil, we knew immediately that The George would be the ideal partner to deliver an amazing culinary experience, provide the perfect ambience, and also have a team that executes flawlessly.” Misha Wilkinson, owner of Misha’s Vineyard, Central Otago.


Each of the wines was expertly married to the five courses of culinary genius from Executive Chef Chanaka Jayabahu and the culinary team of The George.  The evening started with an appetite-whetting green pea macaron and Akaroa Salmon amuse-bouche paired with Misha’s Vineyard’s plucky Dress Circle Pinot Gris. Delivering on both the wow and flavour fronts, the union of the perfectly constructed tiny, tiered towers and unctuous off-dry gris, effortlessly seduced with the slightly sweet chew of the macaron and lemony zest of the cured salmon, all brought home by a whisper of oak in the wine’s finish.



Hitting the high note in both name and form, the second course’s marriage of Jayabahu’s venison tataki and Misha’s Vineyard The High Note Pinot Noir was a match made in gamey, peppery heaven. The creamy nuttiness of the accompanying roasted sesame dressing drew out the exquisite length of plummy tannins in the ruby-hued pinot while the playful crunch of the salty-sweet seaweed salad emboldened hints of dark chocolate.


Three times proves a charm for gourmands and wine connoisseurs favouring weightier reds as Barossa legends Langmeil Winery flipped the script filling not one, but two glasses to accompany the third course. The delicate pastoral flavours of New Zealand’s famed Lumina lamb, the elegant tender lightly marbled meat was served blushingly pink, and beautifully accompanied the rambunctious, velvety spice of Langmeil Three Gardens Grenache Shiraz Mataro, while the refined smokiness of a plate-stealing burnt eggplant puree playfully volleyed with the Langmeil Valley Floor Shiraz’s plump tannins and peppery fruit finish.


“Having both stayed at and dined with The George, when the opportunity came to partner with them for our collaborative dinner with Misha’s Vineyard I knew we were in very safe hands. The food pairing and presentation on the night were everything I had hoped for. The flavours and texture of the Lumina Lamb beautifully complemented our rich and aromatic Barossa wines, and the compliments came frequently from all those in attendance. A superbly executed culinary event.” Leigh Woodrow, Sales Manager, Langmeil Winery


Meltingly tender, the 12-hour slow-cooked Greenstone Creek beef and star of the fourth course yielded under the slightest pressure of the knife and delivered a next-level beefy hit with an addictive smoky intensity courtesy of a dark caramelised crust and precision level of chew. There was almost an obscene level of decadence in its pairing with the inky, forged in iron bitter chocolate, blackberry, smoky leathery notes and full-bodied heft of Langmeil’s Blacksmith Cabernet Sauvignon.


In a fitting finale, Misha’s Vineyard offered up The Cadenza Late Harvest Gewurztraminer, another golden-hued aromatic full of swagger, exotic fruits and the delicate hum of ginger. It found its soulmate in Jayabahu’s irrepressible baked salted camembert cheesecake, the pairing combining in a provocative and genius hybrid cheese-platter-cum-dessert fusion. There was an excited buzz and much discussion in the room as guests farewelled new-found friends and, as a barometer of the evening’s success and return of The George’s Winemakers’ Dinners, the farewell phrase of the night was “We’ll see you at the next one”.


The next event in The George hotel’s The Winemakers series will see an exquisite pairing with Te Mata Estate and Lumina Lamb. Scheduled for Thursday 27th October.

Eat.Taste.Central brings A World of Flavour to Auckland

Monday, 05 September 2022 22:07

Tourism Central Otago has taken its annual spring food and beverage celebration Eat.Taste.Central to Tāmaki Makaurau Auckland for a special media launch ahead of the 2022 event taking place between 23 September and 24 October. 

New podcast aims to spark discussions

Monday, 14 November 2022 02:37

A new podcast launched today by Hamilton’s H3 group promises to give listeners the inside scoop on the New Zealand event industry.