Industry Issues

Exhibitor registrations open for MEETINGS 2022 in Ōtautahi Christchurch

Tuesday, 09 November 2021 02:33

Business Events Industry Aotearoa (BEIA) is inviting exhibitor registrations for MEETINGS 2022, with an early bird offer for registrations by 15 December 2021.

Tourism New Zealand looks ahead to AIME 2022

Friday, 05 November 2021 22:03

Tourism New Zealand will be showcasing at AIME 2022, with three new convention centres and many new exhibitors!

PCOs’ value rises as COVID complexities grow

Tuesday, 02 November 2021 22:35

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.

NZ Business events sector hits IMEX America face to face

Tuesday, 02 November 2021 09:48

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.

Events - first to stop, the last to re-start

Tuesday, 28 September 2021 05:04

55% of respondents to the NZ Event Associations latest survey stated that the recent COVID-19 response.

New dates for Maximum Occupancy Conference 2021

Tuesday, 28 September 2021 01:33

The Maximum Occupancy conference has been rescheduled to take place at the Aotea Centre Auckland on the 7th-8th December 2021.

Support critical for NZ business events sector under stricter Level 2

Monday, 06 September 2021 11:14

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).

Survey finds severe mental health challenges among tourism operators

Wednesday, 01 September 2021 02:30

Eighteen months after New Zealand’s borders closed, the mental health of tourism operators is under severe pressure, a new survey has found.

New dates for BEIA conference

Wednesday, 01 September 2021 01:29

New Zealand’s Business Events Industry Aotearoa (BEIA) Conference2021 will be going ahead three weeks later than planned in Hawke’s Bay from 1 to 3 November.

Lockdown increases strain on already challenged business events industry

Thursday, 19 August 2021 01:25

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.

Tourism Awards finalists revealed

Monday, 02 August 2021 23:46

Six individuals and 23 businesses have been named as finalists in the New Zealand Tourism Awards 2021.

The NZ Law Conference gets on the road

Wednesday, 21 July 2021 05:43

The annual NZ Law Conference went mobile in July 2021, ‘sharing the love’ around four South Island destinations. 

MEA announce scholarship winners for 2021

Tuesday, 22 June 2021 01:54

Meetings & Events Australia (MEA) are delighted to announce the winners of the 2021 Ungerboeck Young Professional Scholarship.

New Zealand business events industry hails return of Australian buyers

Sunday, 23 May 2021 22:16

Leading Australian conference and incentive organisers are crossing the Tasman next week to meet with New Zealand’s business events industry at MEETINGS 2021.

Exciting times ahead for Aussie and NZ event specialists

Monday, 12 April 2021 22:37

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”.

Government confirms Trans-Tasman travel bubble

Tuesday, 06 April 2021 07:37

Prime Minister, Jacinda Ardern has announced that quarantine free travel with Australia will begin on April 19 and confirmed that all the conditions for the bubble have been met.

Hosted buyers sign up for MEETINGS 2021

Monday, 15 March 2021 02:52

Hosted buyer applications have opened for New Zealand’s business events showcase MEETINGS 2021 in Auckland on 2 and 3 June, this year’s first event for the sector.

Nigel Latta on How We Work

Wednesday, 03 February 2021 02:01

Nigel Latta has teamed up with the Tourism New Zealand Business Events to create a thought-provoking mini-documentary.

Hotel incomes drop significantly in 2020

Sunday, 24 January 2021 19:35

Data from New Zealand's largest and longest running hotel benchmarking programme shows the devastating impact of the pandemic on hotel revenues, with overall room income in 2020 falling by 40%. 

BEIA Conference 2021 to be held in Hawke's Bay

Tuesday, 01 December 2020 20:21

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 name for New Zealand’s business events industry body

Wednesday, 18 November 2020 00:48

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.”

Business events industry welcomes appointment of Hon. Stuart Nash as Minister of Tourism

Monday, 02 November 2020 23:51

Conventions and Incentives New Zealand (CINZ) welcomes the appointment of Hon. Stuart Nash as the new Minister of Tourism.

New look for Be Reconnected

Monday, 21 September 2020 04:01

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

Business events welcomes funding

Monday, 14 September 2020 00:06

New Zealand’s business events industry has welcomed the Government’s drive to support domestic tourism through events with $50 million going to nine major regional groups across the country via the Regional Events Fund.

True partnership needed for tourism recovery

Sunday, 06 September 2020 23:51

When the new Government is elected, tourism operators will be looking for a clear signal that it is willing to work in close partnership on rebuilding the industry, Tourism Industry Aotearoa says. 

Managing business events at Level 2 (and 2.5)

Sunday, 30 August 2020 23:03

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.

More uncertainty? That's for certain

Wednesday, 26 August 2020 23:13


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.

CINZ calls on Government support

Monday, 17 August 2020 02:59

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.



Industry bodies join forces to lobby Govt

Tuesday, 28 July 2020 02:30

Industry organisations from across the tourism, travel, aviation, hospitality and event sectors have joined forces to plead for assurance about Government plans for ongoing support.

CINZ & TNZ renew partnership

Tuesday, 14 July 2020 23:12

The marketing of New Zealand as an international business events destination continues to be enhanced by an ongoing agreement between Conventions and Incentives New Zealand (CINZ) and Tourism New Zealand (TNZ).

$10million fund for events

Thursday, 02 July 2020 01:27

The Government has established a new $10 million fund for the domestic events sector to help save jobs and protect incomes as it recovers from the impacts of COVID-19, Minister of Economic Development Phil Twyford announced today.

Business events - latest insights from Tourism NZ

Monday, 15 June 2020 22:20

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.

New voluntary code for events industry

Tuesday, 09 June 2020 00:28

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). 

First recipients of the $400 Million

Thursday, 04 June 2020 02:26

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.

Safe domestic travel is critical

Wednesday, 06 May 2020 23:25

A new Reserve Bank assessment of the economic impact of COVID-19 underlines the importance of getting New Zealanders moving again.

Domestic travel must be permitted at L2

Friday, 01 May 2020 03:11

New Zealanders can travel safely within our own country at Level 2 and must be allowed to do so, Tourism Industry Aotearoa says.

Business Events will play a key role in tourism recovery.

Thursday, 16 April 2020 04:22

Business events will play an imortant role in the tourism sector’s recovery, says Stephen England-Hall, chief executive, Tourism NZ.

Planning for the future of Tourism and Events

Wednesday, 08 April 2020 01:07

The Government, industry and business are working together to develop a plan for how tourism will operate in a post-COVID-19 world, Tourism Minister Kelvin Davis announced today.

Go with Tourism provide support

Sunday, 29 March 2020 20:03

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.

CINZ welcomes Governments business package

Wednesday, 18 March 2020 02:36

Conventions & Incentives New Zealand (CINZ) has welcomed the Government’s announcement of a Business Continuity Package to help New Zealand businesses recover from the impact of COVID-19.

Annual survey suggests growth for business events

Wednesday, 04 March 2020 01:32

Meeting attendance continued to increase in 2019 as the business events industry experienced yet another year of consecutive growth. 

Latest industry research from CVENT

Wednesday, 19 February 2020 23:02

Cvent  shared the results of their latest research into the Australian and New Zealand events industry yesterday at AIME 2020, in Melbourne.

Fulfil sustainability and CR obligations in one go

Tuesday, 18 February 2020 06:23

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.

Landmark year at AIME for NZ

Wednesday, 12 February 2020 21:36

Next week’s Asia-Pacific Incentives and Meetings Event (AIME) in Melbourne comes at the start of a landmark decade for New Zealand’s business events industry.

NZ hotels record solid year in 2019

Thursday, 23 January 2020 01:01

New Zealand hotels recorded a solid year in 2019, with the same national occupancy level as 2018, Tourism Industry Aotearoa says.

Business meetings win hands down

Wednesday, 20 November 2019 03:52

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.

TNZ’s Conference Impact Project Gathers Momentum

Wednesday, 30 October 2019 21:44

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.

Quotes sought for Business Events research programme

Monday, 30 September 2019 05:59

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. 

Skyline Queenstown culls single-use cups

Sunday, 15 September 2019 23:49

Skyline Queenstown has culled the use of single-use cups throughout its operation in effort to reduce its environmental footprint.

NZEA New Zealand Event Awards 2019 open for entries

Monday, 02 September 2019 00:11

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. 

Eventing The Future 2019 - Wellington

Thursday, 08 August 2019 22:06

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.

New Chair for BestCities Global Alliance

Wednesday, 17 July 2019 21:48

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.

New scholarship launched for hotel students

Wednesday, 19 June 2019 23:27

A new scholarship for students studying towards a career in hotel management has been launched at the 2019 New Zealand Hotel Industry Conference today.

Boost event delegates experience through wellness

Wednesday, 12 June 2019 02:30

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.