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212F & Incremental Join Forces

Tuesday, 02 November 2021 23:42

Two iconic brands have joined to form arguably the largest independent B2B Customer Engagement agency in Australia and New Zealand.


212F and Incremental Marketing have each been advancing the industry independently for over 25 years, wholeheartedly focused on B2B customer engagement, growth strategies and B2B programs that change channel behaviour. Both businesses have developed a Strategy first / Rewards second approach, and it is this shared vision that headlines the future direction of the joined company.  Ensuring that the focus of every incentive and loyalty design is outcome orientated, we match the best rewards and recognition to drive customer behaviour.


Understanding the dynamics of B2B has never been as important, as right now, and the toolkits that both brands bring to client partnerships with B2B businesses in Australia and New Zealand remain best in class.  Going forward, the combination of these toolkits, through services, expertise and value propositions will benefit not only existing clients but shift what is possible within all Australian and New Zealand B2B industries and segments. 


Whilst size isn’t everything… the local combined and complementary talent, resources, experience, and scale of the group allow for investment in new technologies and specialist skills that will result in even stronger partnerships with our customers.


212F Group Managing Director, Rob Morrow says;

“I have known Tony for nearly 20 years – in fact in the early 2000’s I was a client of Incremental Marketing, Tony helped me with my first trade loyalty program, so I know first-hand that we hold similar ideas and ideals.  I’m delighted to welcome Tony and his talented team to join the 212F group, I’m beyond excited about the next 25 years and what our combined teams can achieve!”


Incremental Managing Director, Tony Nay says;

“We have long been aware that 212F shares many of our core values, principally around the fact that growth and engagement for customers are the best way to secure and maintain long-term relationships. Even recently, where we found ourselves pitching against 212F, we had that client comment that although our concept offerings were different our philosophies and approach were remarkably similar. I am excited about the benefits and opportunities, for both our customers and dedicated team that the combined entity will deliver.”


Dunedin to host Congress

Thursday, 07 October 2021 04:06

Dunedin, New Zealand has won the right to host the prestigious 27th International Congress of History of Science and Technology in 2025.

Wayfare to become RealNZ

Sunday, 03 October 2021 21:31

RealNZ tourism CEO Stephen England-Hall has announced a bold vision for the tourism group under a new name, pledging to do ‘business for good’.

Air NZ Launches new domestic seat options

Tuesday, 28 September 2021 20:49

Air New Zealand has added flexibility to its domestic fare products and introduced two product name changes to improve clarity for customers.

Zealong Retreat gives residential options at estate

Tuesday, 28 September 2021 02:57

Just minutes north of Hamilton city, Zealong Tea Estate has added a retreat facility ideal for residential corporate meetings and incentives.

Survey shows path to business events success

Thursday, 09 September 2021 02:31

A recent snapshot of buyer sentiment has given venues and other suppliers to the business events industry a recipe for success as New Zealand emerges out of Covid restrictions and lockdowns.

Cancelled conferences donate food and give back to community

Monday, 23 August 2021 00:34

Food for 575 delegates from two cancelled conferences in Auckland and Nelson last week has been donated to those in need.

Wellington's new business events guide

Friday, 06 August 2021 03:45

Business Events Wellington has published a new guide for business event planners.

New Zealand expertise serves up new event

Tuesday, 03 August 2021 00:18

New Zealand is embracing its role as a world leader in agri-food-tech with the launch of a new event, the 2035 Oceania Summit in Auckland.

Strong domestic and Australian demand behind the success of MEETINGS 2021

Monday, 26 July 2021 02:24

New Zealand’s largest business events industry gathering, MEETINGS 2021 held in Auckland last month, has been hailed an outstanding success, securing a pipeline of work from domestic and Australian buyers.
Business Events Industry Aotearoa (BEIA) ran the 25th-anniversary MEETINGS in a year of continued COVID-19 disruption, hosting buyers from around New Zealand and Australia.

Record entries for NZEA Awards!

Wednesday, 21 July 2021 23:33

Entries into the 2021 NZ Events Association NZ Event Awards closed in June with an all-time record of 108 entries.

Business Events Lead Waikato Recovery

Monday, 19 July 2021 22:41

The latest figures released by the Business Events Data Programme* show the Waikato region secured 13% market share of all NZ business events being held in Q1 2021. With 196 business events held in the region during January-March 2021, this placed the Waikato region second in the country behind Wellington at 29% for the number of business events held.

Busy, busier, busiest

Tuesday, 13 July 2021 21:40

By Stu Freeman

Conference and incentive organisers report that they are currently experiencing their busiest time in memory.

Explore purchases Fullers Great Sights Bay of Islands

Sunday, 04 July 2021 22:41

Explore Group has purchased Fullers Great Sights operation in the Bay of Islands as the first part of a wider expansion plan for the business including growth in Auckland and Australia. 

Eden Park Tops International Rankings

Monday, 28 June 2021 21:15

Just two months on from Eden Park’s first concert, New Zealand’s national stadium has been named the number one stadium in the world in Pollstar’s mid-year rankings. 

New Zealand Tourism Awards return for 2021

Monday, 14 June 2021 10:04

Entries are open for the New Zealand Tourism Awards, returning for 2021 to showcase and celebrate the tourism industry’s individual and business successes.   

Wellington future looking bright

Tuesday, 18 May 2021 01:25

Wellington was recently named as one of 21 Places of the Future in a report by Cognizant.

A Taste of Marlborough

Thursday, 13 May 2021 00:31

A taste of Marlborough, including a touch of sunshine to brighten Wellington’s first real wintry day of the year, swept across Cook Strait for a Business Events Showcase Marlborough, at the Michael Fowler Centre on May 12.

TRENZ Hui provides snapshot of Tourism

Tuesday, 11 May 2021 00:43

It’s a cautious start but trans-Tasman conferences are showing signs of life, at least in terms of enquiries from Australia and website activity, according to delegates at the TRENZ Hui on May 5 and 6 in Christchurch.

Tourism industry prepares to future proof comeback

Monday, 26 April 2021 06:03

An event to prepare the New Zealand tourism industry for the return of international visitors has reached capacity with more than 700 tourism operators registered to attend.  

Business events industry on show at MEET CHRISTCHURCH

Monday, 29 March 2021 02:24

Christchurch Town Hall was host venue for over 200 business event industry professionals Who gathered on 25 March for ChristchurchNZ Convention Bureau’s inaugural MEET CHRISTCHURCH showcase.

'Taste of Te Pae' launched this month

Monday, 08 March 2021 21:30

Te Pae Christchurch Convention Centre is launching a ‘Taste of Te Pae’ pop-up this month to showcase the venue to prospective clients ahead of the Centre’s proposed opening later this year.

Positive vibes, Major Moves and Fresh Perspectives from Wellington

Monday, 22 February 2021 04:02

Wellington’s business events industry has reasons to be optimistic as it looks ahead to the next year and beyond.

Fortis Events Incentive recognised by Japan Convention Bureau

Tuesday, 26 January 2021 21:53

Japan Convention Bureau, a division within the Japan National Tourism Organization (JNTO) recognises best practice in incentive travel to Japan through the “JAPAN Best Incentive Travel Awards“.

Women You Can Bank On 2021

Monday, 23 November 2020 21:25

The Women You Can Bank On event is returning for its 5th year and is being held on Thursday 4th March 2021. The theme for 2021 is “Thriving Through Change”.

Auckland named Oceania’s best meetings and conference destination

Wednesday, 18 November 2020 01:39

Auckland has been named best meetings, incentives, conferences and exhibitions (MICE) destination in Oceania at the inaugural World MICE Awards 2020.

Sunshine hours part of decision making

Sunday, 15 November 2020 22:17

Not able to conference in the Pacific Islands but still wanting good odds of having sunshine?  Nelson came out tops after such an analysis for the Latitude Homes Conference when the closed borders put paid to plans to go to Fiji in October.

Hokianga Looks To Attract Business Events

Monday, 09 November 2020 22:54

Hokianga new website to help business event planners who are looking for something new.

Cosa Hotel Opens In Christchurch

Tuesday, 20 October 2020 01:41

Nesuto Hotel Reopens Post $13M Refurbishment

Monday, 19 October 2020 01:55

Following the completion of an extensive $13 million refurbishment project, Nesuto Stadium Hotel and Apartments, Auckland has reopened. 

Business Events given the green light across New Zealand

Monday, 05 October 2020 20:28

Auckland’s move to Alert Level 1 is great news for the business events industry and will give decision-makers confidence across the country, says Conventions and Incentives New Zealand (CINZ) Chief Executive, Lisa Hopkins.
Auckland will join the rest of New Zealand in Covid-19 alert level 1 from 11.59pm on Wednesday 7 October.
“The announcement by Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern dispels all confusion about who can meet and where. We have been given the green light to meet, with the country fully opened up to domestic groups, and Aucklanders again welcome to any region,”she says.
“Now is the time to rebuild the industry, and deliver confidence back to organisers who have been holding off planning and booking their events. Our message is it is safe to hold a conference, seminar, workshop, or team recognition event. We want people to understand that business events are the safest type of event that can be held, backed up by the World Health Organisation itself.”
CINZ has opened registrations for BE Reconnected, a free industry exhibition and networking day in Auckland on 1 December aimed at the throwing the spotlight on this $5 billion sector and rekindling vital industry relationships.
“BE Reconnected will be an essential platform to support the sector now and beyond. It is imperative for the good of the country and for the industry that we now move forward safely, and with assurance,” Lisa Hopkins says.

GP's Conference goes Virtual within 24 Hours

Sunday, 27 September 2020 22:41

The NZMA South GP-CME, a large medical conference for General Practitioners was to be held at Vbase’s Horncastle Arena from 13 to 16 August.

ATEED and RFA to merge

Sunday, 30 August 2020 22:53

Auckland Council’s Governing Body (Mayor and Councillors) has approved the merger of Auckland Tourism, Events & Economic Development (ATEED) and Regional Facilities Auckland (RFA).

Business events sector to win from FIFA

Monday, 24 August 2020 23:25

Australia and New Zealand were recently named the hosts of the FIFA Women’s World Cup 2023.

New Conference Centre for Waitangi Treaty Grounds

Sunday, 02 August 2020 22:11

Waitangi Treaty Grounds opened Tahuaroa Function Centre in February 2020, just before lockdown.

The purpose built, customisable and modern event space has a venue capacity of 190. Tahuaroa, meaning large open space, is located behind Te Rau Aroha museum amongst the native trees of the upper Treaty Grounds.

BIG win for OneNineFive

Tuesday, 28 July 2020 02:16

Mitsubishi Motors required a unique way to recognise and reward top-performing sales and dealership staff from both New Zealand and Australia. So they asked event specialists OneNineFive for “an exceptional automotive experience that had never been done before.”

Park Hyatt Auckland sets opening date

Tuesday, 14 July 2020 05:06

Park Hyatt Auckland will open on 15 September.

APEC 2021 goes virtual

Thursday, 02 July 2020 04:10

Losing the Asia Pacific Economic Cooperation Forum (APEC) 2021 is a devastating blow to New Zealand’s business events sector, already reeling from COVID-19 cancellations.

CINZ and BECA to join forces

Thursday, 11 June 2020 03:12

Conventions and Incentives New Zealand (CINZ) and the Business Events Council of Australia (BECA) have announced a joint agreement which will see both organisations collaborate on issues mutually affecting their markets.

NZ allows multiple groups of 100 in conference venues

Monday, 01 June 2020 03:55

New Zealand’s business events sector has received a boost with confirmation large events with separate groups of 100 can now go ahead.

Virtual Reality event to Christchurch in 2022

Monday, 18 May 2020 02:40

The world’s largest and most prestigious virtual reality conference will be held in Ōtautahi Christchurch in 2022.

Domestic activity kicks off to support domestic tourism restart

Tuesday, 12 May 2020 23:17

Tourism New Zealand’s activity to support the recovery of the tourism industry begins this week as the country moves to alert level 2 and safe travel starts.

Alexandra Park functions to be placed in hibernation

Wednesday, 06 May 2020 23:33

With the impact of Covid-19 on the Hospitality and Events industries, together with extended physical distancing and the general curtailment of mass gatherings, Alexandra Park has had to re-evaluate the viability of its’ functions business. This is the stark reality shared by many in the tourism and hospitality sector.

Fieldays 2020 pioneering a digital future

Friday, 24 April 2020 04:33

The future of Fieldays is secure despite the ongoing developments of the COVID-19 virus. Event organisers, the New Zealand National Fieldays Society, are pioneering an entirely new experience of Fieldays that will ensure its longevity in an age of social isolation and measures to reduce the spread of coronavirus. Visitors will get a taste of the event via a virtual experience on digital platforms until the physical event is able to take place.

Following the governmental announcement on Monday 16th of March, to cancel all large gatherings of over 500 people, the Society knew this was an opportunity to adapt the Fieldays event in an innovative way.

Tax Relief for tourism businesses

Monday, 20 April 2020 21:00

The new business support measures announced by the Government last Friday will come as a relief to thousands of struggling tourism businesses, Tourism Industry Aotearoa says.

Mighty Local campaign launches across Waikato

Sunday, 12 April 2020 22:41

‘Mighty Local’ campaign is underway to share Waikato stories, public messages and promote local essential services to boost businesses affected by the COVID-19 Alert Level 4 national lockdown.

Events Industry facing challenging times.

Tuesday, 07 April 2020 21:22

Event organisers, suppliers, venues and artists in New Zealand are among those in a fight for survival with the global coronavirus pandemic causing a 100 per cent loss in activities and revenue, even before the country’s alert level 4 lockdown came into effect. 

Pickers and Packers needed for Kiwifruit industry

Wednesday, 18 March 2020 02:12

Picking of New Zealand’s kiwifruit crop is underway and harvest organisers are pulling out all the stops to find the workers they’ll need for the season – with a particular focus on attracting kiwis into the sector.


Wednesday, 18 March 2020 02:07

Auckland Whale & Dolphin Safari (AWADS) is the first whale-watching operator in New Zealand to be awarded with a ‘Responsible Whale Watching Operator’ certification by the World Cetacean Alliance (WCA).

Pony up your posse and get your friday social on

Wednesday, 11 March 2020 23:19

Alexandra Park Sales and Marketing Manager, Kim Walsh is calling companies to "Get their social on and do Friday's different."

Airport redevelopment for Taupo

Monday, 02 March 2020 23:11

Taupō District mayor David Trewavas has welcomed the announcement from regional economic development minister Shane Jones outlining $5.87m of government funding for the re-development of the Taupō Airport. 

KJet launches Time Tripper

Monday, 24 February 2020 21:38

KJet Queenstown has completely renovated their Underwater Observatory offering into a state-of-the-art animated show and immersive experience ‘Time Tripper’ located under the Main Town Pier, Lake Wakatipu.

Business event wins for Wellington

Friday, 21 February 2020 20:18


WellingtonNZ’s Business Events team had 34 bid wins in 2019, for conferences across a broad range of industries including computational engineering, medical science, environmental studies and public law.

Business events first for ChristchurchNZ

Wednesday, 19 February 2020 21:20

Otautahi Christchurch announced at AIME 2020 that it will be joining forces with Te Pae Christchurch Convention Centre and Tourism New Zealand to launch itself as a world class events destination. It is the city’s first ever business events marketing campaign and will launch in Australia in March.