Business Events Industry Aotearoa (BEIA) and Hawke’s Bay Tourism have announced the postponement of BEIA’s 45th Annual Conference in Hawke’s Bay, New Zealand until 2022.
Lisa Hopkins, BEIA chief executive and Hamish Saxton, chief executive of Tourism Hawke’s Bay, said the risks associated with the current Covid-19 outbreak, the continued lockdowns in Auckland and Waikato and the uncertainty around travel restrictions have necessitated this decision.
Hopkins said: “It was important to both organisations that we delivered on several key objectives. Firstly, to provide an opportunity for our business events community to come together after what has been a torrid two years. Secondly, to enable Hawke’s Bay Tourism to showcase their wonderful region. Finally, it was to provide thought-provoking content, which supported our theme of BEing Bold, Brave and Ready.”
“We look forward to returning to the Hawke’s Bay region in 2022. The teams are working on new dates right now and these will be announced soon,” Hopkins added.
All delegates who have registered and paid for the conference will receive a full refund.
BEIA’s Annual General Meeting will still go ahead online and a date for this will be confirmed shortly.