The event on 31 May to 1 June 2019 is being supported by Air New Zealand and will showcase Christchurch’s new city, including key new venues – the Town Hall, Te Pae convention centre and new hotels.
'We have huge interest in Christchurch as a conference destination, and this MEETINGS famil will be an opportunity to bring Australian buyers with real business to experience the new city first hand, look at the new venues and meet the people who are making it happen,' says Sullivan.
The announcement was made at the recent Christchurch CINZ update, which was organised by the Christchurch NZ convention bureau team and attended by bureau members from around the region.
Loren Heaphy, general manager destination at ChristchurchNZ introduced the presentations from CINZ’s Sue Sullivan, Tourism New Zealand Business Events, Leonie Ashford and Air New Zealand’s South Island manager, Duane Perrott.
They shared insights into the lasting legacy impacts of business events, new market potential, new infrastructure and greater connectivity, including new direct routes such as Chicago from November opening up new possibilities for association business out of North America.