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Meeting Newz, New Zealand’s leading authority on business events, is under new ownership from 1 June 2018. Tourism Media Group, headed by Terry Holt, Paul Hailes and Lance Blackbourn, have purchased the magazine, bi-weekly newsletter and associated website and social media platforms from ProMag Publishing. TMG, officially takes ownership on 1 June. Holt, Hailes and Blackbourn are also directors of Find A Venue.
ProMag Publishing directors Stu and Trish Freeman say the company will now concentrate on its leisure travel related media activities, including the TRAVELinc Memo, website and custom publications, as well as various special projects.
Stu Freeman says Meeting Newz passes into good hands with TMG’s directors all having strong backgrounds in the conference, incentives and meetings sectors. ‘After 30 years of being associated with Meeting Newz as either editor, publisher or owner (sometimes all three at once) it is time to pass on the baton. The new owners bring a fresh energy and new ideas while also applying the experience they have in the industry.’
Holt has been general manager of the Spencer on Byron Hotel and recently held the position of chief executive officer at Takapuna Beach Business Association. Hailes was a key member of the Convene Auckland (then known as Meet Auckland) launch team more than a decade ago and after that held a pivotal role with Conventions and Incentives New Zealand (including being sales manager of the organisation’s annual directory) before concentrating on his own business interests, including Find A Venue.
Holt says he and Hailes are looking forward to touching base with Meeting Newz advertisers and readers – starting with a presence at MEETINGS 2018. Freeman will be involved in a behind the scenes consulting role where necessary following the change of ownership. For more information contact Terry Holt ph 021 042 8232, Paul Hailes ph 021 217 3628.
WREDA’s Business Events Wellington team has secured new conferences worth more than $10 million in the three months ending March 2018, setting a new quarterly record and highlighting a need for a new conference centre.
Auckland will play host to the International Conference on Autonomous Agents and Multiagent Systems (AAMAS), which will come to the city in 2020 for the first time in its nearly 20-year history.
More than 500 delegates from around the world are expected to attend the five-day conference in April/May 2020, delivering more than 2400 visitor nights and nearly $900,000 in economic value to the region.
The team from Conference Innovators is preparing to welcome more than 300 delegates from around the world to the Bay of Islands for the World Indigenous Tourism Summit, hosted by New Zealand Māori Tourism and the World Indigenous Tourism Alliance (WINTA).
Naumi Auckland Airport utilised various event spaces to maximum effect at its official launch – and there was also a strong indication that other parts of the country will soon be given a taste of Naumi style.
Gaurang Jhunjhnuwala, CEO Australia & New Zealand with Naumi Hotels, told guests the company was looking forward to opening two hotels in Wellington next year. ‘And we are also looking for suitable sites in the Auckland CBD, Christchurch and Queenstown.
Last night’s function gave guests a sample of indoor spaces, the pool area and guest rooms in a site inspection with a twist (‘some of the rooms might be occupied’).
More photos, coverage in the May-June issue of Meeting Newz.
Richard Jeffery was officially farewelled in style last night from his role as chief executive officer of the Second Nature Trust – and his successor David Comery had a big welcome.
Held in the Sir Noel Robinson Conference Centre, part of the Vodafone Events Centre, in Manukau the function included sand artists, school group performances and tributes from many people (including the team who have worked with Jeffery over his 18 years at the centre).
Comery, in his address, said it was not a hard decision to move over the Second nature Trust – having worked in a similar community focused role with Mt Wellington charity Trust. He also noted the developments around the Vodafone Events Centre.
‘The only part of the jigsaw missing now is a hotel – but you will notice significant earthworks taking place now. The hotel is on its way.’
More photos, coverage in the May edition of Meeting Newz.
Convene North 2018 kicked off and finished up at the Vodafone Events Centre in Auckland yesterday.
The annual event draws in business event planners, conference organisers and incentive planners and connects them with suppliers, venues, activity operators, accommodation providers, and more from around the North
CINZ Chief Executive Sue Sullivan says MEETINGS 2018 will be home to 190 exhibitors from 19 regions. “Our regions are really to the fore this year. Their strength of showing makes MEETINGS a must-attend event for 600 event organisers looking to cover all of New Zealand in just one or two days.
'New Zealand has such a broad range of venues and experiences, from the main cities to our rural and coastal towns, from the exciting purpose-built new infrastructure in Auckland and Christchurch to the distinctive cultural and natural elements to be explored in our smaller regions,' she says.
Air New Zealand has officially announced its non-stop service between Auckland and Chicago’s O’Hare International Airport from November this year.
The new service deepens the alliance between Air New Zealand and United Airlines. In addition to the new route announcement, United says it will extend its seasonal service between Auckland and San Francisco to year-round from April 2019.
David Comery is the new CEO for Second Nature Charitable Trust, taking over from the departing Richard Jeffery.
Jeffery has been with the trust for 18 years, and in that time saw the development of the Ramada Suites hotel and apartment complex beside Vodafone Events Centre and Vector Wero Whitewater Park.
The first-ever guest accommodation designed according to the Living Building Challenge, a sustainable building standard, has opened its doors in the South Island – the highly anticipated Camp Glenorchy.
The new property welcomes overnight groups seeking an inspiring natural setting for meetings, retreats, workshops, classes, weddings and family gatherings, with Queenstown only a 40-minute drive away.
The 2018 PCO Association’s 11th annual conference and exhibition will take place at the Melbourne Convention and Exhibition Centre (MCEC), 9-11 December 2018.
The event will bring together more than 400 meeting professionals, with sixty suppliers to the meetings industry expected to take part in the trade exhibition.
Los Angeles is ramping up its efforts to promote itself to the Australasian market as a meetings and incentives destination.
Sydney company Clockwise Consulting has been appointed to represent the Los Angeles Tourism & Convention Board, which also had a presence at AIME this year.
Reed Exhibitions is getting ready to hand over the baton, as the Asia-Pacific Incentives and Meetings Expo 2018 kicks off in Melbourne this week.
Graeme Barnett, senior exhibition director at Reed, says it feels ‘strange’ that the close of AIME on Wednesday is also the handing over point of the AIME baton. Talk2 Media & Events will take over the reigns starting next year.
Is conferencing in Asia Pacific leading the world?
That was the question put to a panel of experts yesterday at the 2018 IACC Australia Asia Pacific Annual Conference held in Auckland.
Hosted buyers attending Asia Pacific Incentives & Meetings Expo (AIME) will experience a taste of Melbourne’s history, at Uncover Melbourne: Hosted Buyer and Media Cocktail Evening, at Old Melbourne Gaol presented by Showtime Event Group on Sunday, 18 February.
Auckland Convention Bureau recently helped a group of PCOs and event planners brush up on some of the activities and experiences Auckland has to offer for business events and incentive groups.
As part of the famil day, the group visited SKYCITY, M Social Auckland, were transferred by rickshaws and then jumped into a limousine where they headed to Peak Farm in West Auckland and given a tour that included a glamping site.
As New Zealand’s largest city, Auckland’s success in the business events sector is key to the success of business events throughout the country, according to Sue Sullivan, chief executive of Conventions & Incentives New Zealand.
Sullivan says Auckland is emerging as a knowledge capital of the Asia Pacific region, and the New Zealand International Conference Centre in the CBD is perfectly placed to leverage this.
The team at Celebrity Speakers has this month highlighted four speakers they think challenge perceptions, stir emotion, capture attention and test intuition.
According to the company, these speakers get audiences to think differently, proving that things are not always as they seem.
Rotorua has been named as one of the top places to see in The New York Times’ 52 Places to Go in 2018 list.
The list, described as a “starter kit for seeing the world” features Rotorua at number 45 – the only New Zealand destination to make the list.
Conventions & Incentives New Zealand (CINZ) and Tourism New Zealand will present a formidable collective on the 100% Pure New Zealand stand at Asia-Pacific Incentives and Meetings Expo, taking place in Melbourne 20-21 February 2018.
The stand includes, for the first time in three years, Queenstown Convention Bureau, along with New Zealand International Convention Centre, Auckland Convention Bureau, Christchurch Convention Centre, Real Journeys and the International Antarctic Centre.
Sharon Auld, Australia manager, Conventions & Incentives New Zealand, CINZ, says AIME is a vital event for the New Zealand business events industry and is excited to immerse 100% Pure New Zealand in Manaakitanga, the traditional Māori value of welcoming guests with hospitality,
Exhibitor bookings are now open for CINZ MEETINGS 2018.
Organised by Conventions and Incentives New Zealand (CINZ), MEETINGS is set for host city Auckland on 30 and 31 May 2018.
There is an early bird offer for returning exhibitors; those who exhibited last year can book before Friday 22 December and receive a $100 discount on the cost of their stand.
Brisbane is upping its game when it comes the business events and incentives market, with more than ten billion dollars worth of investment expected to be injected into the city over the next five years.
Speaking at Dreamtime 2017, taking place now, Brisbane Marketing chief executive Brett Fraser says the future of Brisbane is ‘one of the most exciting times for an Australian city’ and Brisbane's ever-changing skyline is going to be a ‘game changer’ over the next couple of years.
Fraser says securing major business events and incentive groups is a top priority for the city, and the team is working hard to change how Brisbane is perceived by the market.
Crowne Plaza Auckland is turning the boardroom into the ‘not-so-bored’ room as it looks to put the excitement back into ‘experiences’ for meetings, incentives, conference and events guests.
The 352-room city centre hotel has launched its latest video campaign to help take bookers on a visual journey of the hotel.
Making its debut in the video is Crowne Plaza Auckland’s newest gala dinner package. The New Zealand Gala Dinner package offers guests a welcome and insight into some of Aotearoa’s culture including a 15-minute Māori welcome, a New Zealand-themed buffet and Aotearoa-inspired decorations, along with inclusions such as stage and dance floor hire.
New developments are coming on fast in the tropical Australian destination of Cairns, with the city undergoing a raft of new refurbishments, extensions and new builds.
Speaking at Sell TNQ (Tropical North Queensland) this week, Eleanor Wilkie, TNQ business development executive, says it’s an exciting time for tourism and events in Cairns.
‘We’ve got Hemingway’s Brewery developing a second venue, three brand new hotels are being built by the CrystalBrook Collection, we have the redevelopment of the performing arts centre, the aquarium, and the extension at the convention centre is a major win for the city too. Cairns is
The first slab of concrete has officially been poured on the new Convention Centre in Christchurch, getting the garden city one step closer to a larger conferencing offering.
The Convention Centre will have a 2000-person capacity and the ability to host two 700-person events at the same time once completed, which is expected to be in the first quarter of 2020.
Auckland has won the bid to host the World Organisation of Family Doctors (WONCA) Asia Pacific Region Conference in 2020.
It will be held at the New Zealand International Convention Centre and is the fourth medical conference to be secured for the region in 2020.
ProMag has been in the exhibition business for 15 years, but as of today, it's suite of events has a new owner.
Convene Group, headed by Allyssa Eastaugh (ProMag GM/director) and Claire Webber, has officially purchased the exhibition side of ProMag's business.
This acquisition includes Convene in Auckland, Convene South in Christchurch, Convene Q in Brisbane and the Pacific Area Incentives and Conferences Expo (PAICE).
Conventions and Incentives New Zealand will continue to focus on the four pillars of industry voice, education, opportunity and insights, members heard at the organisation’s annual conference in Dunedin today.
The largest-ever team of New Zealand suppliers is heading to the Gold Coast for the Professional Conference Organisers (PCO) Association’s 10th anniversary event next month.
Conventions and Incentives New Zealand (CINZ) Australia Manager Sharon Auld says 19 New Zealand suppliers will be joining the 100% Pure New Zealand hub at the Gold Coast Convention and Exhibition Centre from Sunday 26 to Tuesday 28 November 2017.
Conventions and Incentives New Zealand and Tourism New Zealand are continuing their collaborative approach.
The two organisations have resigned for a fifth year a Memorandum of Understanding that confirms cooperative activity in the promotion of international business events to New Zealand.
The commitment hopes to build on the momentum of previous years encouraging visitation to New Zealand from the lucrative business events sector.
Tourism New Zealand’s chief executive Stephen England-Hall says the organisation will continue to support CINZ’s Australian trade events to enable greater reach and effectiveness, and will continue to drive global marketing campaign activity in support of the sector, and operate the Conference Assistance Programme as the key tool in securing large scale international conferences.
International conference trends will be top of mind at the CINZ annual conference, taking place in Dunedin this October.
The 41st CINZ annual conference from 24 to 26 October is themed Ahead of the Curve, and focuses on the future with an insight into new generation technologies, smart thinking and leading-edge practice.
In keeping with the conference theme, CINZ is mixing up different presentation styles to match different ways of learning in 2017. Traditional plenary sessions will share the programme with shortened workshops, TED-style talks, and panel sessions.
There will be a line up of 12 international and local experts on the subject, including Deborah Sexton, president and CEO of the Professional Convention Management Association (PCMA), brought here by Tourism New Zealand with the support of Air New Zealand; incentive specialist, Fiona Batten, manager of Ci Events Australia; and Dunedin-based Ian Taylor, founder of Animation Research Ltd.
Register online at the CINZ website for the CINZ Conference and AGM 2017.
The Waikato was put under the spotlight last week as part of the Business Events Waikato Showcase held at Claudelands Arena.
A group of 12 PCOs were treated to a three-day Waikato welcoming, hosted by Hamilton & Waikato Tourism NZ business events manager Amanda Graham. The group explored a range of the best conference venues, business event spaces and services the Waikato region has on offer.
Day one of the three-day jaunt kicked off with lunch at the Sudima Hotel Hamilton and an activation session led by Joanna Hall, sales & event manager and Julia Edward, sales & event executive from Team Up Events. Then it was time to get down to business, with event organisers, PCOs and buyers coming together to meet with the wide array of operators exhibiting at the showcase.
The showcase included over 50 exhibitors, including Hobbiton Movie Set, Discover Waitomo, Distinction Hamilton Hotel and many more, as well as guest speakers from Essential Talent including Duncan Garner and Rob Hamil along with a Tourism NZ panel discussion about the Waikato. The showcase ended with drinks, canapes and entertainment from Looking for Alaska and Lyrica. The day was wrapped with a tour and dinner event at the Good George Brewery.
‘Buyers say that the close proximity to Auckland and Auckland Airport, great conference facilities and unique venues for social functions are a huge draw card. They love the way our operators work together to enhance the delegate experience,’ says Graham.
Day two saw the group of 12 take a tour of a bunch of venues in Hamilton including Distinction Hamilton, Zealong Tea and The Verandah. The group of buyers were lucky enough to head off to Waitomo and choose between The Legendary Black Water Rafting Co or Waitomo Glowworm Caves and Ruakuri Caves before being treated to a four course wine paired dinner at Claudelands in a surprise area of the venue.
The weekend wrapped up with a site visit and breakfast at the Novotel and Ibis Tainui Hamilton, followed by a quick tour of Skycity Hamilton before heading off for a post-famil at Hobbiton with a banquet feast.
Stay tuned for full coverage of the Business Events Waikato Showcase and famil in the upcoming October-November Meeting Newz magazine.
The group of 12 included Trish Bowell, Avenues Event Management; Neil Maitland, Conference Brokers Ltd; Heidi Buchmann, Soltius NZ Ltd; Ali Copeman, akB Conference Management; Tiffany Henderson, ILANZ; Shelley Haring, OnCue Conferences; Gabrielle O’Brien, NZ Law Society; Jean Barr, Top Achievers Sales Training; Lauren Keen, Lizzy Tankard, Promote Ltd and Mackenzie Smith, Icon Conference & Event Management.
The Thames Coromandel District Council has opened applications for the 2017-18 Major Events Fund.
Events that attract domestic and international tourists as well as holiday home owners, that can be run outside of the peak summer season, could be eligible for support through the fund.
The Fund is “open-ended,” in that applications can be made throughout the 12 month period – from 1 July 2017 through to 30 June 2018.
Business events professionals attending Convene Queensland 2017 are welcome to register for its pre-famil tours.
There are three pre-famil tours on offer; Mackay, coinciding with the last days of the Mackay Festival of Arts; Brisbane – Sunshine Coast dual city famil; and long time favourite Gold Coast with a Commonwealth Games twist.
Incentive and conference organisers explored the Hawaii Convention Centre as part of a post-famil in Oahu following the Experience Aloha Business Exchange that took place in June.
The convention centre, located in Waikiki, has four floors, three exhibit halls, a total of 47 meeting rooms, and a ballroom that can host 1500 round table or 2800 theatre style. The ballroom has 10m ceilings and is divisible by three.
Debbie Zimmerman, Hawaii Tourism global MCI, citywide sales liaison, says Oahu as a destination is a top choice for incentive travel and business events, and the convention centre is no exception.
CINZ MEETINGS 2017 has finally arrived, with the two-day event kicking off in Auckland.
Conventions and Incentives New Zealand chief executive, Sue Sullivan says the exhibition is the largest in the event’s 21-year history, showcasing 19 regions and more than 195 exhibitors to over 500 conference, event and incentive organisers.
‘Exhibitors and buyers will hold more than 6,000 meetings during our two days of pre-scheduled appointments and social networking events. With the support of key regional convention bureaux and Air New Zealand, we have also hosted 44 Australian buyers and media on seven different regional pre-MEETINGS tours, and another 36 will visit Hobbiton and Hamilton-Waikato on Friday,’ she explains.
Last year MEETINGS generated more than $55million of signed business during its two days of pre-scheduled appointments.
New Zealand Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Tourism Hon. Paula Bennett will be joined by industry leaders to visit MEETINGS on Thursday 1 June.
Organised by Conventions and Incentives New Zealand, the country’s largest tourism trade exhibition kicks off in Auckland next week.
CINZ MEETINGS will connect over 195 exhibitors from 19 regions across New Zealand with more than 500 New Zealand, Australian and international buyers.
Sue Sullivan, chief executive of CINZ, says this year’s show is the largest in its 21 year history.
Landmark hotel The Langham Auckland will be rebranded as a Cordis on 1 November 2017 following a $35 million dollar refurbishment.
When it opens, Cordis, Auckland will be the third of what is described as a ‘new generation of selected upper scale modern hotels’ by Langham Hospitality Group.
Simon Manning, Hong Kong based vice-president sales and marketing with LHG, says the rebrand is about modifying to meet the requirements of the market and be part of Auckland’s success.
He says Cordis will better suit the market profile of business travellers, families and other leisure travellers, and conferences, weddings and other functions.
CINZ MEETINGS 2017 is on this month, and organisers are making sure that New Zealand’s Maori culture is put embraced throughout the exhibition.
Conventions and Incentives New Zealand (CINZ) chief executive Sue Sullivan says Maori culture is infused into every aspect of MEETINGS, from the set-up of the exhibition, right through to the welcoming ceremonies.
‘Our culture is New Zealand’s point of difference, and it creates a strong sense of place for people attending business events here. There’s nothing quite like it anywhere else,’ she says.
Registrations are open for CINZ MEETINGS 2017.
‘We are inviting everyone responsible for meetings and events, and who want to make the most of their time, to spend a few valuable hours at MEETINGS 2017,’ says Sue Sullivan, Conventions and Incentives New Zealand chief executive.
The two-day exhibition at ASB Showgrounds on 31 May and 1 June showcases all aspects of the country’s business events industry and is a one-stop shop for people planning events.
‘Registration is free and event organisers can attend as day buyers on either day. They will have access to 198 exhibitors from 19 New Zealand regions spread across two pavilions and can roam at their leisure,’ she says.
The new Education Hub at CINZ MEETINGS 2017 is another drawcard for event professionals. Set in the centre of the show floor, the lounge-style space has a coffee cart and comfortable seating, and will be a go-to place for MEETINGS visitors to work and network and find out more about the diverse training and upskilling programmes available.
Day buyers attending on either of the exhibition days also get to enjoy lunch courtesy of Millennium Hotels and Resorts, and to be entertained at the Celebrity Speakers’ Showcase.\
CINZ has revealed the details of its social programme for MEETINGS 2017, set to take place at the end of this month.
‘We are planning epic experiences for 650 guests at MEETINGS, from the welcome function on Tuesday 30 May through to the finale dinner on Thursday 1 June,’ Conventions and Incentives New Zealand (CINZ) chief executive Sue Sullivan says.
A relaxed evening of entertainment at Auckland’s new Grand Millennium will kick MEETINGS off, inspired by Le Cirque and produced by The Event Group with The Dust Palace, while The Langham will host the finale dinner, created by the Event Impressions team. Entitled Mosaic, the seated event is being themed by Event Impressions with entertainment and sound by The Production Agency.
Three days, three locations and three entirely different experiences were what were on offer on the recent Business Events Australia famil that took place in South Australia.
Hosted by Jenny Aitken, New Zealand country manager for Tourism Australia and Nic Mercer, director sales and marketing for Adelaide Convention Bureau, our three days in the Adelaide region was designed to showcase the best of what Adelaide has to offer, and the kind of venues, experiences and services that were available for events and incentives.
The group on the three-day famil included Jackie Coyne, S2N Events; Catherine Barwood, Premium Incentive & Conference; Diana McIllwrick, Dinamics; Nicola Daverne, Go C&I; Robyn Bradley, 110 Percent; and Malcolm Jordan, Total Event Company.
The weekend getaway proved there's more to Adelaide than it's vineyards and wine, with out of the box experiences top of mind for those on the famil.
As Convene 2017 came to a close yesterday, it was time to shine the spotlight on who had the best stands.
We had four prizes to give out: Best Individual Stand, the runner up for Best Individual Stand, the Best Regional Stand, and the runner up for the Best Regional Stand.
Brett Jeffery from the Australian Society of Association Executives (Ausae) and Rachel Cook from Conference Innovators were on hand to judge. With such a wide array of stands and booths on display, it was a hard task for the judges.
Convene 2017 saw a wide range of industry players and visitors come together for what was a busy, productive and successful event,
all under the one roof at the new venue of the Vodafone Events Centre in Manukau, Auckland.
Karyn Spencer, chief operating officer at Vodafone Events centre, says hosting Convene 2017 exceeded expectations.
‘The day buyers in particular were focused and engaged and open to new possibilities. They seemed really willing to spend the time to hear what the exhibitors had to offer as opposed to ‘just popping in,’ she explains.
Spencer says the post-lunchtime buzz had a really energy to it, and the easy access and free parking was a hit with buyers and exhibitors alike.
PCOs on the recent Unforgettable Dunedin famil dusted off their fashion best and rocked up to front row seats for Friday’s show at iD Dunedin Fashion. The Dunedin Railway station was transformed into the world’s longest catwalk as some familiar names and those breaking into the world of fashion paraded their wares in the revered annual event. The glitzy evening was part of Enterprise Dunedin’s three-day famil to the city where nine PCOs were invited to discover what Dunedin has to offer in regards to meetings, conferences, incentives and exhibitions (MICE).
The itinerary included a few hours on the water with Monarch Wildlife Cruise to view albatross and seal colonies; lunch at Larnach Castle; a close up look at the night sky at Otago Museum’s Planetarium; dinner in the Dunedin Town Hall; a ‘kicking’ good time on the field at the Highlanders home turf; a Hot Yoga class amongst the butterflies; a historic walking trial around the warehouse precinct and a grand finale with tickets to iD Dunedin Fashion week. Full coverage of the famil will appear in the May/June edition of Meeting Newz magazine
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Changing the perception that everything remains the same on the Gold Coast was the main aim of a delegation from the region that visited Auckland this week.
Shannon Thwaites, manager of Gold Coast Business Events says the biggest challenge from the New Zealand market is that ‘everyone has been to the Gold Coast.’
She says the bureau and 14 of its supplier partners held Gold Coast Connect at the Cloud to emphasise new event spaces and infrastructure – much of it being developed in anticipation of the 2018 Commonwealth Games.
‘Our message to incentive and conference orgnaisers is that things are changing all the time. Come and see us at the bureau first and we will point you in the right direction.’