Industry Issues

Skyline Queenstown culls single-use cups

Sunday, 15 September 2019 23:49

Skyline Queenstown has culled the use of single-use cups throughout its operation in effort to reduce its environmental footprint.

NZEA New Zealand Event Awards 2019 open for entries

Monday, 02 September 2019 00:11

The NZEA New Zealand Events Awards has opened for all 2019 applications as it looks to celebrate another year of success and innovation in a dynamic industry. 

Eventing The Future 2019 - Wellington

Thursday, 08 August 2019 22:06

A quick audience poll confirmed that people have their best ideas in the bath or shower in the morning, yet many companies put their people in a little room during the day and ask them to share ideas. ETF 2019 keynote speaker, Matt Ellingsen, Empathy Design, suggested more inspirational ways of group brainstorming.

New Chair for BestCities Global Alliance

Wednesday, 17 July 2019 21:48

Beverley Williamson, general manager of business development and bids at Melbourne Convention Bureau (MCB), has been appointed to the role of chairperson for the BestCities Global Alliance Strategic Business Development group (SBD). She will take over from Karina Lance of Dubai Tourism, who had been the Chair since May 2017.

New scholarship launched for hotel students

Wednesday, 19 June 2019 23:27

A new scholarship for students studying towards a career in hotel management has been launched at the 2019 New Zealand Hotel Industry Conference today.

Boost event delegates experience through wellness

Wednesday, 12 June 2019 02:30

Five ways to incorporate wellness into your event and boost delegate experience.

Offering a holistic wellness culture for business events has become a ‘must have’ for every meeting as new research reveals health and wellness as a priority for delegates.

Better Business Event Data Desired

Wednesday, 05 June 2019 03:22

With more destinations than ever chasing high value business events, Auckland is looking at ways to ensure it remains competitive on the world stage. 

Ellerslie Event Centre leads the way on world environment day

Monday, 03 June 2019 06:32

Ellerslie Event Centre (EEC) will lead by example to World Environment Day on June 5, by celebrating the over 30,000 kilos of food waste it has diverted from landfill in the past three years. That’s equivalent to the weight of six elephants! The Event Centre was the first catering organisation in New Zealand to install a digester – a product that uses aerobic digestion to divert waste from its commercial compactor into clear water which then goes into the sewer where it has no impact. 

Business event experts welcomed to Auckland

Wednesday, 29 May 2019 03:47

Over 650 business event specialists were welcomed to Auckland’s Aotea Centre for Conventions and Incentives New Zealand’s (CINZ) two-day annual showcase, MEETINGS which is underway at ASB Showgrounds.

Environmental and social sustainability at MEETINGS 2019

Wednesday, 29 May 2019 03:27

Conventions and Incentives New Zealand (CINZ) is increasing its initiatives to ensure MEETINGS 2019 is environmentally and socially sustainable, cutting down on waste and introducing a new give-back theme for day buyers’ lunches. 

Four things your MC should be bringing to the table

Monday, 27 May 2019 06:18

Alison Mau will MC the MasterClass at CINZ Meetings 2019. Ahead of the event, she gives her thoughts on performing on the ‘other side of the mic’ and what POCs might ponder, as they make their MC choice.

Corporate PA Summit 2019

Monday, 20 May 2019 07:43

Another successful summit for busy executive assistants and HR professionals.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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. 

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 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.

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.

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.