Meeting Newz March / April 2021

[ BAY OF PLENTY ALL GOOD ‘HOOD The aptly named Bay of Plenty shines in the eyes of visitors and its residents alike as it wraps around the country’s fastest growing city and basks in a benign micro-climate. Sunrise Mauao Base Track Walk INTHE BAY D elegates give back to the Bay It is easy to understand why the number of conference delegates electing to spend some of their conference time giving back to the destination they are meeting in is increasing exponentially in the Bay, as businesses embrace corporate social responsibility. Coastal Bay of Plenty was the first of New Zealand’s regions to be named in the Green Destinations’ Top 100 Sustainable Destination list late last year. Nikita Fraser, BOP’s sector development manager - cruise and business events, says the award was one of the first steps in the region’s journey towards becoming a Certified ECO Destination, recognising its aspiration for a regenerative tourism industry and to become a destination of choice for eco-travellers. “We see the opportunity to change the game by showing that tourism By Debbie Armatage [24] meeting newz [march april] 2021