Leading Australian conference and incentive organisers are crossing the Tasman next week to meet with New Zealand’s business events industry at MEETINGS 2021.
Managing director of Australia’s oldest PCO company, ICMS Australasia, Emma Bowyer, says there are exciting times ahead for the business event sector on both sides of “the ditch”.
Hawke’s Bay has secured hosting rights for the 2021 Business Events Industry Aotearoa (BEIA) conference. The three-day, three-night event will be in held in October next year, one year after 2020 event, which was planned for Hawke’s Bay, was cancelled due to Covid-19.
New Zealand’s business events sector has a new name for its peak body, Business Events Industry Aotearoa (BEIA), reflecting its own distinct role within tourism and events.
Formerly Conventions and Incentives New Zealand (CINZ), Business Events Industry Aotearoa represents 460 members across New Zealand who work within the meetings, incentives, conferences and conventions, and exhibitions sector.
The new brand was announced at the association’s Annual General Meeting and will go live on 1 December to coincide with New Zealand’s only business events industry exhibition for 2020, BE Reconnected in Auckland.
BEIA Chief Executive, Lisa Hopkins says the new name gives its members the mandate to own the industry.
“We are using a globally-acknowledged term, and there is no ambiguity about who we represent and what we do,” she says.
“Our new brand maintains our connection to Aotearoa New Zealand, with the palette reflecting the colours of our ocean, alps and native birds,”
“Incorporating a myriad of organisations, international, large and small businesses, right across New Zealand’s tourism and business events landscape, this sector will continue to be a proactive and energetic partner with government in the vital work needed for New Zealand’s economic and social recovery,” Ms Hopkins says.
“We are a significant contributor to tourism, yet we offer a nuanced societal, cultural, and environmental contribution which encompasses the corporate world, academia and government.
“It is the right time to define ourselves and remind government and our clients that this is an influential and cohesive industry. Our new brand signals this.”
Conventions and Incentives New Zealand (CINZ) welcomes the appointment of Hon. Stuart Nash as the new Minister of Tourism.
Conventions & Incentives New Zealand has announced the Be Reconnected event has taken on a new look. It will now be a one-day event with focus on re-engaging and rekindling relationships and take place on Tuesday 1st December - Aotea Centre, Auckland
Lisa Hopkins, ceo of CINZ has issued a statement to assist members and customers on how to manage and operate business events at this level, and is in accordance with the COVID-19 Public Health Response, which can be found on the New Zealand Legislation website, click here.
Near the beginning of the Covid-19 saga New Zealanders were told that the ‘go early – go hard’ policy would (among other things) give us time to prepare for future outbreaks without having to take such drastic measures again.
Conventions and Incentives New Zealand (CINZ) has called on the New Zealand Government outlining the support needed for the business events sector moving forward. Lisa Hopkins, ceo says a letter was sent to the government outlining 5 key requests.
1. Create a clear and specific Ministerial relationship which would support a more direct dialogue with the industry to save jobs, create investment, drive economic growth, and provide accountability.
2. Extend the wage subsidy to the end of the year in a targeted way.
3. Meet and partner with the industry.
4. Acknowledge the industry and the important role it plays in leverage. This will deliver confidence to both the sector and their customers, supporting the domestic opportunities until borders re-open.
5. Do not cancel Government-sponsored conferences or events. Use the experts in the industry to manage these events as a way of supporting industry recovery.
The Prime Minister has acknowledged the letter and has asked Minister Twyford to connect with CINZ.
Hopkins anticipates outcomes from the Domestic Event Fund to be announced very soon as well as details around the administration of the Regional Event fund, which will include Business Events.
Insights from recently commissioned research by Tourism NZ has been shared in a webinar this morning with more than 150 participants from the business events sector.
A new Code has been developed by Conventions and Incentives New Zealand (CINZ), Entertainment Technology New Zealand (ETNZ), Event Venues Association New Zealand (EVANZ), New Zealand Event Association (NZEA), and New Zealand Promoters Association (NZPA) in consultation with New Zealand Major Events (at the Ministry of Business, Innovation and Employment).
An iconic New Zealand tourism attraction and the country’s 31 Regional Tourism Organisations are the first recipients of support from the $400 million Tourism Sector Recovery Plan, to help position the sector for recovery from COVID-19, Tourism Minister Kelvin Davis announced today.
Business events will play an imortant role in the tourism sector’s recovery, says Stephen England-Hall, chief executive, Tourism NZ.
Go with Tourism, an initiative developed by Auckland Tourism, Events and Economic Development (ATEED) to build New Zealand’s tourism workforce, has launched a new service to offer free support to tourism industry workers and businesses affected by the spread of COVID-19.
Through one-on-one interactions via phone or video calls, an online Knowledge Hub and curated innovation sessions, Go with Tourism aims to assist with redeploying displaced tourism workers and providing guidance to businesses in need of advice.
If you want to do the very best you can to make your conference or event as clean and green as possible and fulfil your corporate responsibility obligations, you should be looking at Jayden Klinac’s company, For the Better Good, which offers an alternative to plastic water bottles.
Meeting face to face is still the most efficient way to do business, but travel agents are increasingly being asked not only how to reduce costs but also environmental impact. That was one of the key points to rise from a media conference conducted by Flight Centre in Auckland recently.
Three international conferences selected as pilot cases for the Enrich New Zealand - Conference Impact Project were announced by Tourism New Zealand’s global manager - business events Lisa Gardiner at the CINZ annual conference being held in Queenstown this week.
A business events industry working group led by Conventions and Incentives New Zealand (CINZ) has released a Request for Quote (RFQ) for the Business Events Research Programme (BERP) contract opportunity.
The NZEA New Zealand Events Awards has opened for all 2019 applications as it looks to celebrate another year of success and innovation in a dynamic industry.
A quick audience poll confirmed that people have their best ideas in the bath or shower in the morning, yet many companies put their people in a little room during the day and ask them to share ideas. ETF 2019 keynote speaker, Matt Ellingsen, Empathy Design, suggested more inspirational ways of group brainstorming.
Beverley Williamson, general manager of business development and bids at Melbourne Convention Bureau (MCB), has been appointed to the role of chairperson for the BestCities Global Alliance Strategic Business Development group (SBD). She will take over from Karina Lance of Dubai Tourism, who had been the Chair since May 2017.
Five ways to incorporate wellness into your event and boost delegate experience.
Offering a holistic wellness culture for business events has become a ‘must have’ for every meeting as new research reveals health and wellness as a priority for delegates.
Ellerslie Event Centre (EEC) will lead by example to World Environment Day on June 5, by celebrating the over 30,000 kilos of food waste it has diverted from landfill in the past three years. That’s equivalent to the weight of six elephants! The Event Centre was the first catering organisation in New Zealand to install a digester – a product that uses aerobic digestion to divert waste from its commercial compactor into clear water which then goes into the sewer where it has no impact.
Conventions and Incentives New Zealand (CINZ) is increasing its initiatives to ensure MEETINGS 2019 is environmentally and socially sustainable, cutting down on waste and introducing a new give-back theme for day buyers’ lunches.
Alison Mau will MC the MasterClass at CINZ Meetings 2019. Ahead of the event, she gives her thoughts on performing on the ‘other side of the mic’ and what POCs might ponder, as they make their MC choice.
Auckland Convention Bureau (ACB), in conjunction with Celebrity Speakers, has launched a new networking series called biz b4 nine (Business before 9).