Thursday, 05 May 2022 03:37

Tourism NZ @ IMEX 22

NZ on show @ IMEX NZ on show @ IMEX

The international business events and incentives trade fair IMEX will be held in Frankfurt from 31 May to 2 June this year.


Guests to the New Zealand IMEX trade show stand will receive assistance to create their own printed version of their pepeha, which establishes one’s identity and heritage using natural landscapes – their maunga (mountain) and moana (river or sea) – plus their whānau or family name, to paint a picture of where someone belongs.


The New Zealand team has representatives from Tourism New Zealand’s Business Events team, Business Events Wellington, Te Pae Christchurch Convention Centre, ChristchurchNZ Business Events, Auckland Convention Bureau, and incentive specialists Liberty Australia & New Zealand, and JCM Destination New Zealand Ltd.


“We can’t wait to update the world on what’s new in New Zealand, from our amazing incentive activities to our three new, purpose-built convention centres in Christchurch, Wellington and Auckland.” Says Tourism New Zealand General Manager New Zealand and Business Events Bjoern Spreitzer.


Te Pae Christchurch Convention Centre, opened its doors in December and offers 28,000 sqm of space and will welcome more than 100 events in 2022, bringing nearly 70,000 people and an estimated economic impact of $37.2m to the city.


“This includes 63 conventions, eight of which are international”. Says Te Pae GM, Ross Steele.


“We can see that people are missing that connection that only comes with being face-to-face, and we know there is pent up demand for New Zealand, in particular Christchurch, so it’s been great to see interest translate to bookings for later in 2022 and beyond.” Says Steele.


Tākina, the new Wellington Convention and Exhibition Centre, will open in 2023 with a plenary space for up to 1,600 delegates.


Meanwhile, construction continues on the New Zealand International Convention Centre (NZICC) in Auckland. Its flexible event space includes theatre-style capacity for 2,850 delegates.