Industry Issues

Corporate PA Summit 2019

Monday, 20 May 2019 07:43

Another successful summit for busy executive assistants and HR professionals.

If your professional life is beginning to get you down, you need to activate the calm side of the central nervous system and push the flight, fight or freeze side aside. Sage advice from health guru Dr. Libby Weaver in her closing speech at the recent Corporate PA Summit, which took place at Auckland’s Cordis Hotel last week.

It is the fifth year the event has been held drawing 280 delegates from corporate, government, education, local council and DHB arenas, with more than half of those from outside Auckland.Weaver’s message was that we need to prioritise health and wellness to drive personal and professional growth.

She talked about the ‘clash of values’ between work and personal and ‘too much stress and not enough energy’. Professional and personal development is a key feature of the summit, says James Matthews, director Think Tank Media and Summit convenor. He says that some issues being discussed are the same for smaller organisations and areas as in the larger ones. The Corporate PA Summit - dedicated to inspiring and empowering EAs and PAs to achieve their full potential and be the best that they can be - has run for 15 years in Australia and for five in this country.

The company specialises in business to business events, conferences and training and says the conferences and training it offers are designed to help its customers stay at the forefront of their industry. Think Tank Media also runs a blog on its website with advice on workplace wellbeing, ethics and networking.

TIA urges better spend of GST

Monday, 08 April 2019 19:59

Tourism Industry Aotearoa is recommending the Government provides local government with a 20% share of the GST paid by international visitors to help fund regional tourism activities and infrastructure.

Training in workplace 'doomed to fail'

Monday, 08 April 2019 19:49

Asking Institutes of Technology and Polytechnics to be responsible for training in the workplace is doomed to fail, says Tourism Industry Aotearoa (TIA).

NZ’s first tourism skills campaign kicks off

Wednesday, 03 April 2019 02:42

New Zealand’s first ever tourism skills campaign, Go with Tourism, will be launched in Auckland tomorrow by Auckland Tourism, Events and Economic Development (ATEED).

Events industry has responsibility for change

Wednesday, 27 March 2019 21:54

The New Zealand events industry needs to play a much more proactive role in demonstrating and encouraging positive behaviour and inclusivity within society.

MEETINGS 2019 looking promising

Monday, 25 March 2019 19:01

New Zealand’s only national business events exhibition, CINZ MEETINGS is raising the bar again this year with a wider range of exhibitors, more international and domestic buyers and more networking opportunities.

Auckland Convention Bureau launches new networking series

Wednesday, 20 March 2019 19:12

Auckland Convention Bureau (ACB), in conjunction with Celebrity Speakers, has launched a new networking series called biz b4 nine (Business before 9). 

New workshops focus on frontline service

Wednesday, 13 March 2019 03:52

Tourism Marketing Solutions (TMS) is rolling out a new series of workshops to include specialised conference and incentive, frontline customer service and executive level training.

Business Events research cancellation 'disappointing'

Wednesday, 06 March 2019 02:18

A decision to stop producing critical data could lead to missed opportunities in the business visitor space unless an alternative solution is found, the convention industry says.

Meetings market shows 2018 growth, though challenges remain

Monday, 04 March 2019 18:33

Meeting attendance continued to increase in 2018 as the business events industry experienced yet another year of consecutive growth.

CINZ launches 2019 Emerging Talent and Mentorship programmes

Monday, 04 March 2019 04:38

Registrations are now open for the CINZ 2019 Emerging Talent programme, to be held as a half-day workshop at Rydges Hotel Auckland on Thursday 27 June.

Conventions & Incentives New Zealand (CINZ) chief executive, Sue Sullivan says Emerging Talent 2019 has been designed to inspire, educate and provide a platform for attendees to learn practical skills and take-aways.

'The new workshop-style programme came out of our successful trial at the CINZ Conference in Auckland last year, where we added an Emerging Talent stream within the main conference programme.

'This half-day session received great feedback, with both domestic and international speakers delivering strong, useful and expert content in an inspirational learning space.

'CINZ Emerging Talent is the perfect opportunity for our young professionals to develop their skills in a peer-oriented environment, while building their own industry networks.'

The CINZ Emerging Talent programme is sponsored by Rydges Auckland and AV Media. All those who register will be invited to a private LinkedIn group, designed as a safe space for attendees to ask questions and network before the day.

The CINZ 2019 Mentorship Programme will run in conjunction with the Emerging Talent Programme, starting the day before on Wednesday 26 June at the Heritage Hotel Auckland.

'Running these programmes concurrently will give those who participate as a mentee, particularly those that come from out of Auckland, the opportunity for an easily accessible day of education at the Emerging Talent programme, a day after being paired with their mentor,' says Sullivan.

Applications for the CINZ mentorship programme, now in its fifth year, will open on Monday 25 March on the CINZ website.

'Our mentors are experienced business event professionals who are paired with mentees ready to expand their careers. Together they grow and learn, gaining individual guidance and advice throughout the six-month programme,' says Sullivan.

The CINZ mentorship programme will run from 26 June until 18 December, with fortnightly contact. A mentoring pairs review session will be held in September, and the CINZ Conference in October will give mentors and mentees the chance for another face-to-face meeting. The New Zealand Coaching and Mentoring Centre (NZCMC) is supporting the programme with training and consultancy services.

DMS connects Auckland buyers

Monday, 25 February 2019 19:43

Nearly 70 Kiwi professional conference organisers, corporate event managers, and incentive agents showed up to the Maritime Room in Auckland yesterday for the annual DMS Connect roadshow.

Business events sector declares NIMW

Monday, 18 February 2019 21:03

Among the driving force of executive leaders behind the 'Not In My Workplace' (NIMW) initiative, Melbourne Convention Bureau (MCB) chief executive officer Karen Bolinger is calling on leaders in the business events sector to take critical action to stamp out sexual harassment in the workplace.

De Villiers to head global DMC

Monday, 18 February 2019 20:52

The world’s largest independent destination management company has announced its launch into the Pacific this week, and will be headed up by Eugene De Villiers.

NZ’s big developments on show at AIME

Wednesday, 13 February 2019 19:06

New Zealand’s venues, hotels and city infrastructure developments will be making a big showing at this year’s AIME in Melbourne next week.

Dunedin and Waikato join forces

Wednesday, 13 February 2019 18:35

Meet North South, an innovative collaborative marketing initiative, was launched in Wellington this week by the Dunedin Convention Bureau and Waikato Business Events.

NZ ramps up presence at AIME 2019

Wednesday, 06 February 2019 11:13

A striking, carved wooden table will be the cultural and conversational centrepiece for New Zealand’s largest-ever presence at AIME 2019 in Melbourne from 18 to 20 February.

Incentive travel society targets Kiwi trade

Monday, 04 February 2019 18:34

New Zealanders involved in the incentive supply chain are being encouraged to join a new chapter of SITE – an international association specifically targeted at the sector.

Marissa Fernandez, managing of Sydney based Destination Management Services (DMS) is heading the initiative and says the chapter will encompass Australia and New Zealand. Both countries have had SITE Chapters before, but they lapsed a few years ago.

Despite the chequered history, Ferandez is confident the time is right for a relaunch.

‘We need about 20 members initially to launch the chapter and we’ve already got 17. We had a meeting at IMEX (Incentives and Meetings Exhibition) in Las Vegas and there was real interest from attendees, including Kiwis.

‘We want to keep the region together and we really want voices from New Zealand involved.’

SITE membership is for individuals rather than corporate entities and is open to people who work in agencies, hotels, airlines, destination management companies (DMCs) and other organisations involved in the supply and delivery of incentive travel.

‘This is about growing the industry and gaining more prersonal development.’

Anyone who is interested in knowing more about joining SITE should email: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Register now for MEETINGS 2019

Wednesday, 30 January 2019 03:08

Hosted Buyer applications are now open for CINZ MEETINGS 2019 in Auckland from Tuesday 28 to Thursday 30 May.

BestCities launches new brand platform

Monday, 28 January 2019 21:13

After a successful global forum in Bogotá, with associations descending from around the world to the Colombian capital last month, BestCities Global Alliance has kicked off 2019 by unveiling a new brand platform and an updated strategic plan as it approaches its 20th year in operation.

The Global Alliance, which is made up of 12 leading cities for international conferences and business events – Berlin, Bogotá, Cape Town, Copenhagen, Dubai, Edinburgh, Houston, Madrid, Melbourne, Singapore, Tokyo, and Vancouver – has announced the platform, which underpins its work and reaffirms its vision and values.

BestCities promises to continuously push for better when it comes to business events. The quality and reach of its global community and open knowledge exchange across five continents enables partners and clients to develop and offer experiences which make a positive impact that leave a strong and lasting legacy on the world.

Working with brand consultants, Siegel + Gale, the new brand platform solidifies the values, offerings and principles of the alliance ahead of a busy year for BestCities including the Incredible Impacts Programme in partnership with ICCA and the Global Forum in Copenhagen in December, which will focus on ‘the future of meetings.’

The platform identifies a clear purpose for the organisation: ‘to harness the power of collaboration and community to create positive impact through business events’.

The key principles of the BestCities brand platform are defined as:

  • When one of us wins we all win – our interests are mutual, the best result for one will benefit all – whether you are a client or a partner
  • We make knowledge work for everyone – the connections we make and the knowledge we share creates opportunities to improve and enhance everything we deliver
  • We can always be better than today – we continuously raise the bar, never resting on our laurels, developing through dialogue and purposeful innovation
  • We make a positive impact that lasts – by creating the most impactful events and providing a positive influence on business and communities we aim to leave a legacy that lasts

International associations were consulted on the development of the brand platform, which was part of the alliance’s renewed 2019-2021 strategic plan. Other focus areas will continue to be: exceptional customer experiences; thought leadership; connecting a global community; and becoming a high performing organisation.

Professor Douglas Oliver, member of the BestCities Strategic Thinkers Advisory Group, chair and co-founder, Pharmacology for Africa, ambassador, Business Events South Africa, says BestCities is a vital stakeholder and its leadership is greatly valued.  

'I am positive that BestCities will be embarking on this enhanced plan and branding to create remarkable opportunities with outstanding contributions not only to our industry but also the communities we serve and engage with.'

Jeannie Lim, board chair of BestCities Global Alliance and executive director, Conventions, Meetings and Incentive Travel, of the Singapore Exhibition and Convention Bureau, says BestCities is always challenging itself to be better.

'As we approach the 20-year mark as an alliance, we are continuing to push forward as a progressive legacy-led organisation. We appreciate the innovative ideas and input from our clients and partners that has inspired us to shape and evolve our brand platform and strategy.

'This newly established brand platform and our enhanced strategy strengthens what the alliance stands for and ensures that we continue to work collaboratively to fulfil our purpose to associations, destinations and delegates in the business events industry. Our global community and open knowledge exchange enable our partners and clients to develop and offer experiences that will make positive impact.'

John Donnelly, board treasurer of BestCities Global Alliance and chief executive of Marketing Edinburgh, says Edinburgh is a founding partner of BestCities and as an alliance built upon knowledge exchange and community, it is hugely rewarding for BestCities to re-establish its purpose and principles.  

'It’s always important to reflect in organisational work, and this brand platform and strategy development has allowed for clarity of concept and purpose; and encouraged us to consider what the alliance truly means to its clients and partners. To build the new brand platform we looked at what we have achieved so far, what our clients and partners want from us and the important role we have within the business events industry.'

For more information on the new brand platform you can visit

New study reveals the macro-trends set to impact the future of business events

Monday, 21 January 2019 19:59

Biodegradable meeting spaces, artificial intelligence and serendipity will all play a significant role in the future of meetings and business events.

Sue Duncan crafts new career out of Uno Loco

Wednesday, 16 January 2019 19:10

Sue Duncan is leaving Uno Loco to start up Craft'd - a boutique wine and beer business.

ACB and QCB join forces to attract long-haul incentives

Wednesday, 12 December 2018 19:51

Auckland Convention Bureau (ACB) and Queenstown Convention Bureau (QCB) are joining forces to amplify marketing efforts in longer-haul markets to attract the high-value incentive market.

Under a new strategic MoU, the bureaux will work together to position Auckland and Queenstown as an unbeatable dual-destination proposition in long-haul markets.

QCB director Kiran Nambiar says the partnership will allow the two destinations to consolidate their offering on the international stage.

'The conference and incentive market is fiercely competitive, working together will allow us to present our dual-destination proposition with clarity and potency.

'We know that Auckland and Queenstown are already considered in tandem for international organisations seeking unique and desirable conference and incentive destinations, an MoU recognises this and allows the two bureaux to represent each other effectively.'
Head of ACB Anna Hayward says New Zealand is seen as a bucket list destination by longer haul markets, but sometimes the perceived distance can be considered a bit of a barrier.  

'We’ve been working hard to make sure people realise that while New Zealand is a long-haul destination for most, there are many direct flights taking less than 12 hours from origins around the globe.

'By working together with Queenstown we can present a very complimentary proposition, one which will see a good distribution of high value business events visitors throughout the two regions, with people staying longer and spending more in New Zealand while they are here.'

Earlier this year the two organisations held several joint workshops to identify key markets and areas of joint activity within the market. Most of the joint activity for the next 18 months will be in United States, China, India and South East Asia.

The collaborative activity that the bureaux will undertake together will include content exchange to co-promote dual-destination incentive itineraries and joint sales calls in the long haul markets. Areas of cooperation will also include delivering ACB and QCB core offering in long-haul markets during sales trips and at events and also co-hosting buyers from leading incentive houses on familiarisation trips.

Finalists announced in the 2018 NZEA Event Awards

Tuesday, 04 December 2018 18:27

Vision, innovation and results are being touted as the big drivers behind the 2018 New Zealand Event Awards 2018 finalists announced this week.

Excellence recognised at Evanz awards

Wednesday, 28 November 2018 19:39

Ben Slatter, venue manager for FMG Stadium Waikato and Seddon Park, took out a top accolade at the Entertainment Venues Association of New Zealand (EVANZ) Awards in Auckland on Tuesday.

Big NZ team for PCOA conference

Monday, 19 November 2018 09:13

New Zealand’s biggest-ever team of business events suppliers is set to exhibit at the PCO Association Conference from 9 to 11 December in Melbourne. 

This year, 19 venues, hotels, convention bureaux and activity operators from across the country are joining Conventions & Incentives New Zealand (CINZ) and Tourism New Zealand at the Melbourne Convention and Exhibition Centre.

CINZ Australia manager, Sharon Auld, says it is New Zealand’s largest contingent in eight years at the PCOA Conference, and this year they will be ready to greet delegates on a new 100% Pure New Zealand stand.

'Our growing team reflects the expansion of venue infrastructure and opportunities across the country. We are excited to update delegates on the realm of options in New Zealand and the significant developments, including the two new convention centres in Christchurch and Auckland opening in 2020.'

As part of the conference programme, Tourism New Zealand has invited futurist and sought-after speaker, Rohit Talwar to explore the opportunities and challenges arising from the global forces driving change and creating new business potential in the meetings industry. 

PCOA delegates will also have a chance to apply for the 2019 CINZ MEETINGS Hosted Buyer programme, with applications going live at next month’s conference.

Joining CINZ and Tourism New Zealand are at PCOA Conference 2018 are: Air New Zealand, Auckland Convention Bureau, Auckland Conventions Venues and Events, Auckland Museum, Business Events Waikato, Business Events Wellington, ChristchurchNZ Convention Bureau, Cordis Auckland, Destination Rotorua Business Events, Dunedin Convention Bureau, Heritage and CityLife Hotels, Hobbiton Movie Set, Napier Conference Centre, New Zealand International Convention Centre (NZICC), Queenstown Convention Bureau, Rotorua Energy Events Centre, Te Pae Christchurch Convention Centre, Venues Wellington, and Wayfare (Real Journeys).

CINZ conference to ZQN

Monday, 05 November 2018 02:55

Queenstown will be the host of the Conventions & Incentives New Zealand (CINZ) Conference in October 2019.

Hayward 2018 CINZ Outstanding Contributor

Wednesday, 31 October 2018 22:02

Anna Hayward, Auckland’s Convention Bureau manager has received the 2018 Conventions and Incentives New Zealand (CINZ) Outstanding Contributor Award.

CINZ chief executive Sue Sullivan presented the award at the business events industry’s 42nd annual conference today.

Hayward has been managing the Auckland Convention Bureau (ACB), part of the destination division of Auckland Tourism, Events and Economic Development (ATEED) for the past 11 years and played a key role in establishing the convention bureau activities for Auckland.

'Anna is passionate about ensuring Auckland is positioned as a truly international city when conference organisers are considering their options. Her wealth of experience has ensured that business event planners create unforgettable legacy events in Auckland. She has made a major contribution to putting New Zealand on the world map as a serious business events destination,' says Sullivan.

Hayward has also been a significant contributor to the industry through her activities as a board member of the New Zealand chapter of the Society for Incentive Travel Excellence (SITE), and chair of the New Zealand Convention Bureaux (NZCB). 

Over the years, she has driven a substantial increase in growth and market share for Auckland.

Since managing the bureau, Hayward has led the team in conjunction with ACB members and industry partners to secure in excess of $200m worth of business events into Auckland, launched the Auckland Advocate Alliance programme (the first business events ambassador programme of its kind in New Zealand) and formed the Auckland International Business Events Advisory Group (AIBEAG), a group of world-leading experts to support ACB in providing strategic guidance and leadership.

The annual CINZ Outstanding Achievement Award honours an industry person who has shown real commitment over many years to the sector, both domestically and internationally. The recipient is recognised for working collaboratively, having a strong voice, taking a holistic approach and most importantly, delivering results.

The CINZ Outstanding Contributor Award is sponsored by industry mentor, David Hall and Jane Hunter of Hunter’s Wines, who gifts a case of award-winning wine to the recipient.

CINZ elects new board members

Wednesday, 31 October 2018 21:52

Four new members have been elected and two re-elected to the Conventions & Incentives New Zealand (CINZ) board following its annual general meeting in Auckland today.

Prue Daly from the New Zealand International Convention Centre (NZICC) and Simon Thompson from Te Pae (platinum category), Amanda Graham from Hamilton & Waikato Tourism (gold category), and Kiri Atkinson-Crean from Te Puia (silver category) have joined the board this month.

Tracey Thomas, Conference Innovators and Jake Downing, Weta Workshop were re-elected.

CINZ chief executive Sue Sullivan says the CINZ board for the 2018-2019 year represents the diverse range of talent and skills within New Zealand’s business events sector.

'Our board members cover a thriving sector including regional tourism organisations, convention bureaux, venues, hotels, professional conference organisers and privately owned businesses.'

The CINZ board is chaired by independent chair, Tony Gardner and includes CINZ chief executive Sue Sullivan, Tourism New Zealand and Air New Zealand representatives, and nine CINZ members.

The 2018 – 2019 CINZ board is as follows:
Independent Chair – Tony Gardner
CINZ Chief Executive – Sue Sullivan
Tourism New Zealand – Anna Fennessy (co-opted)
Air New Zealand – Jenny Simpson  (co-opted)
Prue Daly, NZICC*
Simon Thompson, Te Pae*
Shelley Eastwood – Heritage Hotel Management
Alison Smith – Millennium Hotels & Resorts, New Zealand
Tracey Thomas, Conference Innovators**
Amanda Graham, Hamilton & Waikato Tourism*
Megan McSweeney, Auckland Museum
Jake Downing, Weta Workshop**
Kiri Atkinson-Crean, Te Puia*
*New Board Member
**Re-elected Board Member
For further information on the CINZ board go to

Fright at the museum

Wednesday, 31 October 2018 19:01

Ghouls, goblins, ghosts and even Kim Jong-un appeared out of the crevices of Auckland War Memorial Museum last night at a Halloween-themed dinner for the annual Conventions & Incentives New Zealand conference.

Global events experts head to NZ

Wednesday, 24 October 2018 19:39

Future challenges and opportunities for New Zealand’s business events sector will be explored by global expert, Oscar Cerezales in his keynote presentation at the CINZ annual conference in Auckland next week.

CINZ hosts Eat My Lunch

Sunday, 14 October 2018 19:15

Award-winning social entrepreneur Lisa King, founder of Eat My Lunch, is bringing her dynamic social enterprise story to the Conventions & Incentives New Zealand (CINZ) annual conference this month.

Conference winners celebrated

Thursday, 11 October 2018 20:50

The efforts of 31 experts who have secured international conferences for New Zealand were recognised by the Minister of Tourism at an event in Auckland last week.

Emerging Talent debuts at CINZ

Wednesday, 10 October 2018 18:56

Conventions & Incentives New Zealand (CINZ) is launching a new event designed for young business event professionals at its annual conference in Auckland later this month.

For the first time, an Emerging Talent Professional Development Programme aimed at those starting their careers will sit alongside the main conference in a half-day event on 1 November.

CINZ chief executive Sue Sullivan says CINZ has developed this new programme to meet industry demand for professional development as New Zealand’s business events sector grows.

'This addition to the CINZ annual conference builds on our ongoing Emerging Talent and Mentorship programmes which have proven hugely successful. For young professionals, this part of the conference will also start conversations about career options and what the next steps toward management positions could be,' says Sullivan.

'We have brought together seven top speakers with diverse experience and knowledge for a morning session of practical skills, learnings and take-aways. This is the perfect opportunity to learn, develop and network simultaneously.'

Emerging Talent participants will have the opportunity to meet with Sian Simpson, Kiwi Landing Pad’s director of community. Working between San Francisco and New Zealand Simpson will share her experience combining a portfolio career with a suitcase lifestyle.

Dubbed New Zealand’s start-up and innovation ambassador to the world, Simpson has already been named the New Zealand Global Woman of Influence in 2017 and won back to back awards for technology and innovation in 2015 and 2016.

Preparing for a stellar business events career will be the topic for leading professional conference organiser Jan Tonkin of The Conference Company. Having just finished a term as International Association of Professional Conference Organisers (IAPCO) president, Tonkin brings a wealth of international knowledge on what a career in the business events sector may look like.

Another speaker, Auckland Convention Bureau manager Anna Hayward, had a background in hotels before moving into the convention bureau. Having travelled the world looking at what the competitors offer, Hayward has some key insights into what skills are required to make it in the business events sector.

Audience Alive's chief executive, John Quinn, will demonstrate how to engage an audience, and present and pitch with impact and confidence.

Henrik Arlund from Blue Ocean Marketing will share his expertise on producing and executing a great marketing strategy, one that gets cut through and read.

Sarah Morgan from The New Zealand Story will show how to put New Zealand on the map in a way that resonates in a highly competitive, global economy.

'For young professionals wanting to take the lead, both in their personal and work lives the final speaker, Lisa O'Neill is guaranteed to inspire you and begin to transform your thinking,' says Sullivan.

Breaking New Ground is the theme for the CINZ Conference 2018. More than 140 CINZ members including owners and managers of key venues, catering companies, accommodation providers, activity operators and regional convention bureaux will meet on October 31 and November 1 at the Cordis hotel in Auckland.

Spaces for the Emerging Talent Programme on day two of the conference, Thursday November 1 are filling up fast. Registrations can be made on the CINZ conference website.

Uno Loco merges with Production Associates

Wednesday, 03 October 2018 02:45

Experience marketing company Uno Loco and event design and delivery experts Production Associates have merged forces.

Boost for trans-Tasman business events

Tuesday, 02 October 2018 22:01
New Zealand-based associations and their Australian counterparts are planning more joint conferences following a Tourism New Zealand-led workshop.

TNZ boosting regions through science

Thursday, 20 September 2018 06:23

New Zealand has some of the world’s leading scientific minds, and with the help of Tourism New Zealand, their international counterparts are travelling the world to hear them speak. 

Since 2014, Tourism New Zealand has helped New Zealand’s science community to secure 112 science-related conferences, adding $138 million to the economy. Several of these conferences have never been held in the Southern Hemisphere before.

Professor Craig Cary of the University of Waikato says New Zealand’s approach to conference bids ‘blitzes’ the competition. Cary was an integral part of the teams that recently secured the Scientific Committee on Antarctic Research Biology Symposium in Christchurch, the 8th International Conference on Polar and Alpine Microbiology in Hamilton, and the 18th International Symposium on Microbial Ecology in 2020 in Auckland – three events that will bring thousands of the world’s leading researchers to New Zealand.

'To secure these international conferences we really need to do more [than our Northern Hemisphere counterparts]. Tourism New Zealand makes it easy – it makes us look so good. In the space of 18 months we secured three major scientific conferences that have never been held in New Zealand before - that is unheard of. We couldn’t have done it without Tourism New Zealand’s assistance. The production values in the way they approach business event bids is very high, and showcases our work, our knowledge, and our regions. It’s done right,' says Cary.

'We anticipate registrations from more than 20 countries for the International Conference on Polar and Alpine Microbiology in Hamilton. This allows us to accentuate the profile of the Waikato as a hub of science in New Zealand and showcase our region.'

Tourism New Zealand recently partnered with the Kudos Science Awards Trust, based in Hamilton, to further promote the science community and scientific business events potential in the region.

Established in 2007, the Kudos Science Awards Trust is New Zealand’s sole regional scientific awards programme, recognising the achievements of the Waikato’s top scientists, and supporting ongoing research. Cary is a Kudos Science Awards recipient.

Tourism New Zealand’s global manager business events Anna Fennessy says Hamilton is gaining an international reputation for scientific research and is the fourth largest region for business events behind Auckland, Wellington, and Christchurch (year ended June 2018).

'New Zealand is renowned for its scientific innovation and research and is increasingly becoming recognised as a preferred location for scientific conferences and business events with superb service and support, world-leading knowledge hubs, and one-of-a-kind locations that incorporate business facilities, culture, entertainment, and cuisine. Business events bring economic benefits to a region, with delegates spending more than the average visitor and exploring the area. Business events also support our strategy to grow shoulder visitation with many of these events being held in shoulder seasons.'

Since 2016 Tourism New Zealand has supported 17 Waikato-based international conferences through its Conference Assistance Programme and delegate marketing programmes.

Professor Ross Lawrenson, chairperson of The Kudos Science Awards Trust, says it is very pleased to have the support from Tourism New Zealand. Our organisation has highlighted the contribution that science has made to this region’s economy and with the help of Tourism New Zealand we see the opportunity to showcase the innovation in our region to a national and international audience.'  


International conferences drive positive social change

Wednesday, 12 September 2018 03:46
Capturing the positive social impact of international conferences was the focus of a workshop hosted by Tourism New Zealand in Auckland last week.

NZ Tourism Awards winners

Monday, 10 September 2018 07:19

Dynamic and visionary with annual global turnover of $426 million, multinational recreational vehicle business Tourism Holdings Ltd has won the tourism industry’s highest accolade, the Air New Zealand Supreme Tourism Award.

The winners of the New Zealand Tourism Awards were announced at a gala dinner in Christchurch last week, attended by more than 400 industry leaders and supporters. thl also won the Auckland Airport Business Excellence Award - more than $6 million annual turnover.

The awards judges said thl is a global business that can hold its own on the world stage, an amazing success story and exemplar for New Zealand’s tourism industry.

Listed on the New Zealand stock exchange, thl looks after more than 200,000 customers a year, operating a global recreational vehicle fleet of more than 6000. Alongside its RV rental and sales operations, it also operates two additional tourism businesses in New Zealand - Discover Waitomo, including Waitomo Glowworm Caves; and Kiwi Experience, a bus network aimed at young backpackers.

TIA chief executive Chris Roberts says creating a tremendous crew culture has been integral to thl’s success. Investing in sustainability and innovation are also priorities, including developing electric motorhomes.

As part of their Air New Zealand Supreme Award prize, thl received a prize valued at over $20,000, including $10,000 international air travel and a full-page advertisement in Kia Ora magazine.

Air New Zealand chief executive officer Christopher Luxon says the airline is extremely proud to partner with the event once again and to sponsor the Tourism Awards’ Supreme Award for a fourth year. 

'With tourism the country’s largest export earner, it’s fantastic to be able to celebrate businesses who are providing outstanding and memorable experiences to visitors to our country and also contributing to New Zealand’s reputation overseas.'

Tourism’s most prestigious individual honour, the Horwath HTL Sir Jack Newman Award, went to Kathy Guy, a tourism industry trail-blazer who rose through the ranks from waitress to become one of the first female hotel general managers in New Zealand, successfully leading the Chateau Tongariro Hotel and the Wairakei Resort Taupo.

Chris Roberts says this year’s awards were extremely competitive, a reflection of a thriving industry that is contributing $36 billion to the New Zealand economy and supporting almost 400,000 jobs in communities throughout the country.

'Positively, several award winners are from smaller communities, helping attract visitors to areas off the traditional tourist track. It’s also pleasing to see the focus our business winners are putting on environmental and host community sustainability, as well as financial performance.

The New Zealand Tourism Awards 2018 winners:

Air New Zealand Supreme Tourism Award
Auckland Airport Business Excellence Award – more than $6 million annual turnover

  • Tourism Holdings Ltd (thl)

Horwath HTL Sir Jack Newman Outstanding Industry Leader Award

  • Kathy Guy

PATA New Zealand Trust Emerging Tourism Leader Award

  • Luke Taylor, Go Orange, Queenstown

JLT & AIG Tourism Industry Champion Award

  • Les Morgan, Sudima Hotels and Resorts

Westpac Business Excellence Award - Less than $6 million annual turnover

  • Owen River Lodge

Department of Conservation Environmental Tourism Award

  • Kapiti Island Nature Tours

Ministry of Business, Innovation & Employment Industry Alignment Award

  • Hawke’s Bay Tourism

He Kai Kei Aku Ringa Māori Tourism Award

  • Whale Watch Kaikoura Ltd

The Great Journeys of New Zealand Tourism 2025 Enabler Award

  • Christchurch Airport

epay NZ Tourism Marketing Award

  • Air New Zealand

ServiceIQ Visitor Experience Award

  • GO Rentals

NZME People’s Choice Award

  • Forgotten World Adventures



Former PM heads speaker lineup for CINZ conf

Monday, 10 September 2018 07:12

New Zealand's former Prime Minister, Rt. Hon Sir John Key will be special guest speaker at the Conventions and Incentives New Zealand (CINZ) 2018 Conference in Auckland on 1 November, sponsored by Celebrity Speakers.

2019 CINZ planner now open

Monday, 27 August 2018 21:00

The 2019 CINZ Event Planners’ Guide (CINZ Planner) is now open for bookings.

CINZ, TNZ renew partnership

Wednesday, 22 August 2018 06:57

Conventions and Incentives New Zealand (CINZ) and Tourism New Zealand (TNZ) have recommitted to their ongoing partnership to enhance the marketing of New Zealand as a business events destination.

Registrations open for CINZ conference

Monday, 20 August 2018 02:30

Registrations are now open for the 42nd Conventions and Incentives New Zealand (CINZ) annual conference from 30 October to 1 November 2018.

Disruptors, opportunities and differentiators

Monday, 06 August 2018 11:33

The New Zealand events industry is looking for opportunities to collaborate and innovate with local iwi and tangata whenua to reinvent some of the country’s biggest community events.

Damning review reveals failures of survey

Tuesday, 31 July 2018 00:06

The credibility of official government visitor statistics has been called into question by a damning review of the International Visitor Survey (IVS), and Tourism Industry Aotearoa (TIA) says the results are deeply concerning.

NZ tourism awards finalists announced

Friday, 27 July 2018 00:24

Thirty-two tourism operators and stakeholders from 26 organisations have been announced as finalists in the 2018 New Zealand Tourism Awards - the $36 billion tourism industry’s most prestigious awards.

NZ at risk with poor ETA - TIA

Friday, 20 July 2018 18:58

The tourism industry is prepared to accept a new charge to be paid by international visitors but is insisting that it is used in a carefully targeted way to enhance their experience of New Zealand.

Orange has rebranded

Friday, 20 July 2018 00:51

Orange Productions has officially rebranded to I Want Orange.

New Zealand at Expo 2020 - call for service providers

Thursday, 19 July 2018 23:55

New Zealand at Expo 2020 is seeking service providers to support a world-class pavilion and visitor experience to showcase the best of New Zealand at the next World Expo, hosted by Dubai in the United Arab Emirates. 

The services required for the New Zealand pavilion have been split into three categories: pavilion operations, hospitality and design store.  Individual organisations and consortia may submit proposals to deliver one, two or all three of the categories and will be evaluated on the delivery of a premium quality and seamless pavilion experience. 

A request for proposal has been released on the New Zealand Government Electronic Tender Services platform GETS and the Expo 2020 procurement portal.

Expo 2020 Dubai is the first World Expo to be held in the Middle East, South Asia or Africa. Around 180 nations will participate in the six-month event that is expected to attract 25 million international visitors.

Art Works

Wednesday, 30 May 2018 05:10

The construction site of the New Zealand International Convention Centre is in full swing, and Sarah Burlin, NZICC marketing manager, says the team approached the design and build of the convention centre a bit differently.

Change of ownership for NZ’s leading business events source

Wednesday, 09 May 2018 22:22

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.

TIA supports event fund boost

Monday, 23 April 2018 23:41

Tourism Industry Aotearoa is calling on Christchurch City Council to boost funding for events in its 2018-2028 Draft Long-Term Plan.

ChristchurchNZ has requested an extra $1.4 million a year to establish a dedicated seed fund to bid for business and major events on behalf of the city, support new events through sponsorship, and test the feasibility of

New venue revealed for Convene North 2019

Monday, 23 April 2018 23:37

Convene Group has revealed the date for 2019’s Convene North event, as well as a new venue. 

The event will take place Tuesday 9 April at Auckland’s Aotea Centre, located right within the CBD.

Strong demand for Welly Convention Centre

Monday, 23 April 2018 23:35

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.