More than 650 business event specialists were welcomed to Auckland Town Hall 29 May, for the opening reception on the eve of Conventions and Incentives New Zealand’s (CINZ) annual showcase, MEETINGS which opened 30 May.
Domestic, Australian and international buyers will meet with representatives of 19 regions and New Zealand’s top event facilities and key industry suppliers over the two-day show.
CINZ chief executive, Sue Sullivan said: “MEETINGS is an important showcase for New Zealand’s unique culture of manaakitanga (warm hospitality). Sensational events like last night’s welcome are a chance for us to put the spotlight on our exceptional venues, food, styling, and entertainment.”
Over 190 exhibitors will meet with the 500 buyers at 6,000 scheduled meetings during the show and also attend social networking events.
“Our show floor, and our networking events are packed with incredible ideas, latest trends and magical experiences these buyers can take back to their clients. From luxury lodges, heli-touring and sailing options, to styling and technology experts, and brand-new convention centres and exhibition venues, they all come together to create the New Zealand experience for our visiting buyers,” Sullivan added.
MEETINGS 2018 includes an industry leader programme, Celebrity Speaker showcase and a Masterclass for Professional Conference Organisers. An Education Hub at MEETINGS, launched last year, has expanded in 2018 to include representatives from New Zealand’s PCO Association.
New Zealand’s minister of tourism, Hon. Kelvin Davis, will tour the show floor at MEETINGS on 31 May.