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Fieldays significant economic contribution

Wednesday, 13 November 2019 01:08

Fieldays® continues to contribute significantly to the regional and national economy according to the recent Economic Impact Report conducted by Dr Warren Hughes of the New Zealand Institute for Business Research at the University of Waikato.

Scenic Hotel Group Launches Legacy Collection

Tuesday, 05 November 2019 02:37

Leaving a positive mark on people and place is at the heart of Scenic Hotel Group’s new Legacy Collection; a collection of unique, premium properties, each with their own story to share and own legacy to leave on the people and places they touch. The first property to join the Legacy Collection is the award-winning, eco-luxe Te Waonui Forest Retreat at Franz Josef Glacier on the South Island’s West Coast.

Avocado experts on their way

Tuesday, 05 November 2019 00:49

New Zealand will welcome thousands of international avocado experts in 2023 after winning the bid to host the 10th World Avocado Congress (WAC).

Tourism New Zealand’s Global manager business events Lisa Gardiner says: “We’re delighted that the World Avocado Congress is coming to New Zealand. This is a huge boost for our local avocado industry and a chance to showcase New Zealand’s horticulture industry to thousands of influential international guests. It also provides the opportunity to access innovation, global knowledge and science to support the growth of the sector.”

CINZ conference 2020 to showcase Hawke's Bay

Sunday, 03 November 2019 03:43

Napier city and the Hawke’s Bay region will host the Conventions and Incentives New Zealand (CINZ) Conference in October 2020. The win was announced at the conference in Queenstown last week.

TNZ’s Conference Impact Project Gathers Momentum

Wednesday, 30 October 2019 21:44

Three international conferences selected as pilot cases for the Enrich New Zealand - Conference Impact Project were announced by Tourism New Zealand’s global manager - business events Lisa Gardiner at the CINZ annual conference being held in Queenstown this week.

Farewell Richard – welcome David

Thursday, 12 April 2018 00:33

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.

New Zealand's regions to the fore at MEETINGS 2018

Monday, 02 April 2018 23:48

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.

PCO Association conference heads to Melbourne

Monday, 12 March 2018 21:40

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.

Rotorua on the world stage

Wednesday, 17 January 2018 03:37

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.

CINZ & TNZ ‘formidable collective’ at AIME

Monday, 11 December 2017 21:50

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 open - CINZ MEETINGS 2018

Monday, 11 December 2017 21:43

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 makes its move

Monday, 04 December 2017 21:03

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.

Not-so-bored room

Monday, 27 November 2017 20:53

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.

Cairns: Raising the bar

Monday, 20 November 2017 22:21

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

Christchurch Convention Centre on its way

Monday, 13 November 2017 20:51

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's NZICC scores another big conference for 2020

Monday, 06 November 2017 20:25

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 waves goodbye to Convene & PAICE, event suite gets new owner

Wednesday, 01 November 2017 21:35

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). 

CINZ further develops 'four pillars'

Wednesday, 25 October 2017 02:19

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.

Fiji’s new beach club suits incentives

Monday, 16 October 2017 22:00

The newest addition to Fiji’s luxury island choices provides an excellent option for incentive and meeting groups utilising Denarau resorts, says Margaret Spiro, campaign manager at First Travel Group.

New Zealand celebrates 10th PCOA

Monday, 16 October 2017 21:47

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.