Meeting Newz July / August 2021

Lisa Hopkins, chief executive of Business Events Industry Aotearoa (which owns and organises the event) says there was no doubt that most buyers walked through the door with a purpose. “People are busy and they had a clear sense of what they wanted to achieve. In saying that, we have also had feedback about how good it was to have everyone together in the one space. It was an opportunity to meet new people as well as familiar faces and expand conversations. “The overwhelming feedback we are getting is that a huge number of bookings were generated but there have also been a lot of quotes.” The event, held on 2 and 3 June at the ASB Showgrounds in Auckland, attracted 300 day buyers, 100 hosted buyers from New Zealand and 40 from Australia (depleted from an original 60 mainly by the Victoria lock down at the time – though those intending buyers did follow up with digital meetings post-MEETINGS). There were 150 exhibitors, 10 media and a number of government and industry guests from organisations such as MBIE, Tourism Export Council of NZ, Tourism Industry Aotearoa, NZ Cruise Association and more. [ ME ET I NGS R EV I EW ‘It was great to see increased engagement from government,’ says Hopkins. ‘The Minister could not attend because of commitments at Parliament but he did send a video and my understanding was that he updated that a couple of times to make sure it was current and relevant.’ CANTERBURY COMMENTS Claire Hector-Taylor, convention bureau manager at ChristchurchNZ, says the opening of Te Pae Christchurch Convention Centre set for October generated plenty of A sense that people were keen to get down to real business after the disruptions of last year was a key feature of MEETINGS 21 according to exhibitors and buyers alike. However, getting social and connecting again with customers, colleagues and friends was also hugely meaningful in the current environment, report participants. DOING BUSINESS WHILE CARING AND CONNECTING MEETINGS day one MEETINGS Gala By Stu Freeman [40] meeting newz [jul aug] 2021

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