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BEIA to ‘Ignite the Future’ at Hawke’s Bay conference

Business Events Industry Aotearoa’s (BEIA) 46th AGM and Annual Conference has opened its registration. The event, held at Napier Conference Centre in Hawke’s Bay New Zealand, will run from 4 to 6 October 2022. Themed ‘Ignite the Future’, BEIA’s first conference for New Zealand after a three-year hiatus is focused on discussing the industry’s challenges, opportunities and business models. BEIA chie...

Post-MEETINGS survey shows interest in New Zealand

An independent survey commissioned by Business Events Industry Aotearoa (BEIA) post-MEETINGS showed $107.5m (USD $67.48m) worth of business was provisionally secured during the show’s two days – which was a 45.3% increase on MEETINGS 2021. After attending MEETINGS, 79% of all buyers said they were booking business as a result of the event, while 21% were still considering options, such as destinat...

BEIA announces MEETINGS 2023 for Wellington’s new venue

MEETINGS 2023 is set to be held in New Zealand’s Tākina Wellington Conference and Exhibition Centre for the first time, Business Events Industry Aotearoa (BEIA) have announced. On the new choice in venue, BEIA chief executive Lisa Hopkins said: “Tākina’s opening in June 2023 is perfect timing for New Zealand business events to showcase in a new destination.” “MEETINGS 2022 at Te Pae Christchurch l...

Awards and celebrations for Australian and NZ business events industry

New Zealand’s business events industry celebrated a successful MEETINGS 2022, which drew to a close on 16 June, when 650 Australian and New Zealand event professionals gathered for the show’s gala dinner at Te Pae Christchurch Convention Centre. Business Events Industry Aotearoa (BEIA) chief executive, Lisa Hopkins said the MEETINGS 2022 gala event, entitled Flourish, reflected the mood of optimis...

BEIA chief executive says demand for in-person business events is set to soar

Talented people, sustainable practices, and world-class new infrastructure are key to New Zealand’s business events sector success and recovery, according to national association Business Events Industry Aotearoa (BEIA). Speaking at MEETINGS 2022 16 June, BEIA chief executive, Lisa Hopkins said the demand for in-person events was set to soar. And she referenced the New Zealand’s government announc...

Record MEETINGS exhibition set for Christchurch in June

New Zealand’s annual business events industry trade show, MEETINGS has sold out with a record number of exhibitors set to meet with event organisers from across Australia and New Zealand in Christchurch, 15-16 June. The two-day event will showcase 211 stands from across 18 regions of New Zealand, welcoming 410 event organisers to the newly constructed Te Pae Christchuch Convention Centre. The Busi...

New Zealand sets 1 August date to open to international visa holders

The New Zealand prime minister announced, 11 May, that the country’s borders will open to all international visa holders from 1 August, news that has been welcomed by the business events industry. Business Events Industry Aotearoa (BEIA) chief executive Lisa Hopkins said the date delivered confidence to international event organisers to choose New Zealand as their conference, meeting, or incentive...

New Zealand opens borders and ends capacity restrictions

The New Zealand government, 13 April, has ended Covid-19 restrictions that had put capacity limits on events. Lisa Hopkins (pictured), chief executive of Business Events Industry Aotearoa (BEIA), stated: “For the first time since mid-August 2021, the business events industry can finally breathe a sigh of relief. This announcement by minister for Covid Response, Chris Hipkins, coupled with the open...

New Zealand business events sector welcomes government easing of restrictions

The business events sector in New Zealand has welcomed its government’s decision to end vaccine mandates from 4 April and increase indoor event capacity to 200 people from 25 March. Lisa Hopkins, chief executive of Business Events Industry Aotearoa (BEIA), stated: “This positive news from the prime minister will start to bring back vital confidence and clarity for event decision-makers. “Our secto...

NZ business events industry welcomes limited easing of isolation as ’first step’ to recovery

Business Events Industry Aotearoa (BEIA), New Zealand has welcomed the government’s 28 February announcement lifting all self-isolation requirements for fully vaccinated New Zealanders and eligible visa holders entering the country from Australia. This group will no longer be required to isolate from 11:59pm, 2 March. They will be quickly followed by vaccinated New Zealanders and eligible travelle...

New Zealand business events sector buoyed by new government support

New Zealand’s Business Events Industry Aotearoa (BEIA) has welcomed news of government support for the country’s business events industry, which is severely impacted by ongoing Covid-19 restrictions. For the first time, business events of over 200 attendees will now be included in the Events Transition Support Payment scheme (ETSP). BEIA chief executive Lisa Hopkins (pictured) says the 12 February...

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 ...

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