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Te Pae Christchurch Convention Centre officially opens

The New Zealand based association Business Events Industry Aotearoa (BEIA) has celebrated the opening of its first new-generation Te Pae Christchurch Convention Centre, 17 December. Set on the Ōtakaro Avon river in the city centre, Te Pae Christchurch features 24 meeting rooms, including a 1,000-seat riverside banquet room, up to 3,300sqm of exhibition space and a 1,400-seat auditorium able to be ...

Future of Business Events Virtual Summit signals optimism in New Zealand

The business events sector will be key to New Zealand’s recovery as a visitor destination, and demand to meet in the country is still high despite closed borders, industry leaders told the Future of Business Events Virtual Summit on 9 December 2021. More than 430 industry representatives took part in the event, run by Business Events Industry Aotearoa (BEIA). The Summit’s theme ‘Rally, Rebuild and...

Business Events Industry Aotearoa appoints new independent chair

Steve Armitage has been appointed the new independent chair of New Zealand national industry association, Business Events Industry Aotearoa (BEIA). He takes on the position held by Tony Gardner, who is stepping down from his six-year tenure as Board chair after the association’s Annual General Meeting, to be held online, 25 November. BEIA chief executive, Lisa Hopkins said:  “Tony has been instrum...

New Zealand’s BEIA launches Future of Business Events Virtual Summit

Business Events Industry Aotearoa (BEIA) in New Zealand is inviting registrations for its Future of Business Events Virtual Summit on 9 December 2021. Lisa Hopkins, BEIA chief executive says the summit theme: ‘Rally, Rebuild and Restart’ encapsulates where the New Zealand MICE sector currently stands and will address the next chapter in its Covid-19 story. “As an industry we need to rally and cons...

Exhibitor registrations open for MEETINGS 2022 in Te Pae Christchurch

Business Events Industry Aotearoa (BEIA) is inviting exhibitor registrations for MEETINGS 2022, New Zealand’s only national tradeshow for the business events industry. The event is set to take place, 15-16 June 2022, in Ōtautahi Christchurch, at the newly built Te Pae Christchurch Convention Centre. Lisa Hopkins, chief executive of BEIA, said: “Being in Ōtautahi Christchurch next year will add a v...

BEIA welcomes National’s plan to support event insurance

Business Events Industry Aotearoa (BEIA) has welcomed the New Zealand National Party’s ‘Back to Business’ plan, which would see the government fund the premium for events industry insurance cover. Lisa Hopkins, the chief executive of BEIA, said that the Government rejected an industry-led proposal to support the NZ$1.5m (US$1.1m) premium cost, either directly or through the Regional Ev...

BEIA’s 45th Annual Conference postponed until 2022

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...

BEIA requests clarity from New Zealand government for event industry’s future

Business Events Industry Aotearoa (BEIA) suggests the move to a more restricted Level 2 for regions outside of Auckland will make additional support crucial for the country’s business events industry. Under Level 2 from 8 September, gatherings outside of Auckland will need to be under 50 persons in a defined space, down from 100 in previous guidelines. Mask-wearing will be mandatory and all ...

Registration opens for the ‘Brave, Bold and Ready’ for New Zealand’s BEIA Conference 2021

Registration is now open for the Business Events Industry Aotearoa (BEIA) Conference 2021, an event for the association of New Zealand’s events sector. It will be held at the Napier War Memorial Centre in Hawke’s Bay, New Zealand, 11-13 October. With the theme ‘BEing BRAVE, BOLD and READY’, the conference programme will look to the future of business events. Speakers will include New Zealand’s min...

MEETINGS 2021 secures NZ$74m of business

Business Events Industry Aotearoa (BEIA), New Zealand’s national business events association, says its MEETINGS 2021 show in June provisionally secured NZ$74m (USD$51.49m) worth of business during the two days in Auckland. The figure was drawn from a BEIA survey of buyers post-MEETINGS.   The show connected 150 exhibitors from 18 regions with 45 Australian, 100 New Zealand hosted buyers, and 300 l...

New, 29th edition of Aotearoa New Zealand Event Planners’ Guide released

Business Events Industry Aotearoa (BEIA) has released its latest guide to New Zealand for event planners. The new-look 29th edition, was launched at MEETINGS 2021 and 2,500 copies have been distributed to business event organisers across Australia and New Zealand. BEIA chief executive Lisa Hopkins said it was fitting the new edition features the koru on its front cover – a symbol of new beginnings...

New Zealand’s MEETINGS 2021 marks turning point for business events industry

MEETINGS 2021 successfully connected the best of New Zealand’s business events industry with Australia’s and New Zealand’s leading event professionals in Auckland for two days, 2-3 June. The event, hosted at the ASB Showgrounds and organised by Business Events Industry Aotearoa (BEIA) gathered 150 exhibitors from 18 regions with 50 Australian and 110 New Zealand hosted buyers. Three hundred local ...

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