New Zealand

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...

Medical conferences return to the Gold Coast

More than 80 interventional neuro-radiologists from Australia, New Zealand, and the United States attended Friday’s NeuroExchange conference to discuss the latest in treatments for stroke and brain aneurysms. A further six medical conferences on the Gold Coast, attracting more than 4,600 delegates, have already been scheduled for 2022 and 2023. Pre-pandemic, major international conferences were wo...

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...

Wellington’s new convention centre to open mid-2023

New Zealand’s Tākina Convention and Exhibition Centre is on track for its mid-2023 opening. The venue, located in Wellington, has had its exterior, façade, and roof completed, with its opening celebrated with a ‘roof shout’ party – a New Zealand tradition. The facade features around 1,300 glass panels installed across the building’s curved profile, which has been designed to reduce heat, pea...

Wellington set for 2025 international digital conference

New Zealand’s capital city is set to host the iPRES 21st International Conference on Digital Presentation, which will take place in 2025 at Tākina, Wellington’s Convention and Exhibition Centre. iPRES, the oldest international conference about long-term digital preservation, is an annual event that brings hundreds of researchers and practitioners from across the world to discuss the latest r...

MEETINGS 2022 set for fruitful show

Event professionals from Australia and New Zealand are set to meet in Christchurch, 15-16 June, for the business events trade show, MEETINGS 2022. Organisers report the two-day event at the Te Pae Christchurch Convention Centre has sold out, with 211 stands from 18 New Zealand regions and over 500 buyers, including 110 from Australia. Lisa Hopkins, chief executive of Business Events Industry Aotea...

Te Pae Christchurch welcomes its first conference

Te Pae Christchurch Convention Centre, New Zealand has officially welcomed its first conference, kick starting a programme of more than 100 events scheduled for the 2022. The inaugural conference was the New Zealand Infrastructure Commission, Te Waihanga Looking Ahead Symposium, which saw the announcement of the Commission’s Infrastructure Strategy 2022-2052. Ross Steele, general manager of ...

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...

Events under lockdown

Arna Wahl Davies, co-founder and director of the New Zealand-based PCO Composition, talks to Oliver Thomas about organising virtual and sustainable events during the Covid-19 pandemic Composition is a small company of professional conference organisers (PCOs), which works with membership-based associations in the planning and production of domestic and international conferences. Composition’s clie...

New Zealand to offer a Māori cultural connection at AIME 2022

Tourism New Zealand is set to exhibit at the Asia Pacific Incentives and Meetings (AIME) event 2022, 21-23 March. New Zealand’s meeting industry aims to make a deeper connection at the trade show, with guests being encouraged to learn their Pepeha. Pepeha is a traditional structured introduction in Māori culture that connects people to place, with the goal of identifying yourself and making connec...

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...

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