The countdown for MEETINGS 2021 in Ōtautahi Christchurch has begun with the announcement of new dates for the New Zealand business events exhibition run by Conventions and Incentives New Zealand (CINZ).
The 2020 MEETINGS show, due to take place in Auckland in April, was postponed due to coronavirus.
MEETINGS 2021 will be held 30 June-1 July 2021, at Te Pae Christchurch, the city’s new world-class convention centre.
CINZ Chief Executive Lisa Hopkins says: “Working together with ChristchurchNZ, Te Pae Christchurch, Vbase, Tourism New Zealand, Air New Zealand and Christchurch International Airport, we will be bringing influential buyers into the heart of the South Island for an unforgettable experience.
“We are anticipating more than 180 exhibitors and over 300 domestic buyers from all over New Zealand, plus 115 from Australia and Asia-Pacific regions once our borders reopen. There is so much interest globally for what New Zealand has to offer, and this will give buyers the opportunity to meet all of New Zealand under one roof in a stunning location.”
ChristchurchNZ General Manager of Destination and Attraction, Loren Heaphy adds: “With the opening of Te Pae next year, and exceptional venues and accommodation already in place, Christchurch is set to be at the forefront of business events in New Zealand.”
“At MEETINGS we will be highlighting the region’s epic incentive and pre and post touring options. Canterbury is home to New Zealand’s highest mountain and largest glacier, stunning high country and coastal scenery, with urban, outdoor and adventure experiences all on the city doorstep.”
Christchurch Town Hall will be the venue for the welcome event for MEETINGS 2021.
MEETINGS was last held in Ōtautahi Christchurch in 2008. The most recent MEETINGS, held in 2019, generated over NZ$62m (US$39.79m) during its two days. In the same year the business events industry contributed $477m* to the New Zealand economy and it is seen as a significant economic driver in New Zealand’s post-Covid recovery.
*MBIE Business Events Delegate Survey YE December 2019
Photo shows The Terrace, along the central city riverfront near Te Pae Christchurch.