The business events industry is ready and waiting to welcome visitors back following today’s New Zealand government announcement ending event capacity restrictions.
Dismay is growing within the business and public events sectors as reports emerge that a film studio is the preferred bidder for the Auckland Showgrounds – which among many other things is a regular host of the MEETINGS expo.
Resilience of the business events industry needs applauding.
Business Events Industry Aotearoa (BEIA) says today’s Governments announcement on border openings is great news for returning kiwis and others, but will not help revive New Zealand’s hard-hit industry unless there is a radical change to isolation requirements.
A New Zealand programme that supports tourism operators to become more sustainable has gained international recognition.
The decision to move Auckland to orange in the Covid traffic light system has been welcomed by Hospitality New Zealand, though it says it will be too late for some businesses.
Business Events Industry Aotearoa (BEIA) is inviting exhibitor registrations for MEETINGS 2022, with an early bird offer for registrations by 15 December 2021.
While it is difficult to see many positives in the current situation for the convention and incentive sectors, there may at least be a long term benefit in the way clients value professional conference organisers.
New Zealand’s Business Events sector will be at the IMEX America trade show in force this month, showcasing the country’s conference and incentive opportunities to 4,200-plus global decision makers.
A move to a more restricted Level 2 for regions outside of Auckland will make additional support crucial for the business events industry, says Business Events Industry Aotearoa (BEIA).
Eighteen months after New Zealand’s borders closed, the mental health of tourism operators is under severe pressure, a new survey has found.
Business Events Industry Aotearoa (BEIA) has backed the Government's decision to enter Level 4 lockdown, cautioning the already hard-hit industry is in for another long wave of disruption.
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.