May-Retro 2016 - page 1

A three way discussion at the
Someplace Else Bar in Auckland
saw the genesis of what has
become one of the most respected
business events exhibitions in the
southern hemisphere.
Meeting Newz Retro Issue
Alan Trotter, former chief executive of CINZ,
Tony Peek, of Peek Display, and Andrew
Bayliss of Sheraton Auckland, all met
over a beer and decided it was worthwhile
having a New Zealand only conventions and
incentives trade show.
‘It was really Tony Peek’s idea,’ recalls Trotter,
‘and he was the driving force to start with.
Andrew Bayliss of the Sheraton was there
from day one as well.’
Trotter says the idea took shape over ‘a
few beers’.
‘Actually the more beers we had, the better
the idea became and the bigger the profit
from the exercise appeared to be.’
Trotter describes the first MEETINGS, held
at Sheraton Auckland Hotel and Towers
(now the Langham Auckland) as ‘small but
perfectly formed’.
He says the industry immediately embraced
the concept in 1997.
‘I look back and think two things in
particular made a real difference to CINZ
and the industry. The first was MEETINGS
and the second was the establishment of an
Australian office. And really, they go hand
in hand, because without the team in Sydney
we would not have been able to identify
such a quality selection of hosted buyers
from Australia.’
Trotter also signalled out Air New Zealand
for its support (which is ongoing today)
and Tourism New Zealand for assisting with
hosted buyers from further afield as the
event has matured.
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Three men, with
an idea (and a beer)
The MEETINGS team set to take their Groove
Air flight in 2008..the team included Sally
Bary (directly to the left of Alan Trotter),
Jeanette Stanton (directly to the right) and
Gail Hendricks (back row far left).
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