Around New Zealand
Just minutes north of Hamilton city, Zealong Tea Estate has added a retreat facility ideal for residential corporate meetings and incentives.
Food for 575 delegates from two cancelled conferences in Auckland and Nelson last week has been donated to those in need.
New Zealand’s largest business events industry gathering, MEETINGS 2021 held in Auckland last month, has been hailed an outstanding success, securing a pipeline of work from domestic and Australian buyers.
Business Events Industry Aotearoa (BEIA) ran the 25th-anniversary MEETINGS in a year of continued COVID-19 disruption, hosting buyers from around New Zealand and Australia.
The latest figures released by the Business Events Data Programme* show the Waikato region secured 13% market share of all NZ business events being held in Q1 2021. With 196 business events held in the region during January-March 2021, this placed the Waikato region second in the country behind Wellington at 29% for the number of business events held.
Explore Group has purchased Fullers Great Sights operation in the Bay of Islands as the first part of a wider expansion plan for the business including growth in Auckland and Australia.
An event to prepare the New Zealand tourism industry for the return of international visitors has reached capacity with more than 700 tourism operators registered to attend.
Christchurch Town Hall was host venue for over 200 business event industry professionals Who gathered on 25 March for ChristchurchNZ Convention Bureau’s inaugural MEET CHRISTCHURCH showcase.
Wellington’s business events industry has reasons to be optimistic as it looks ahead to the next year and beyond.
Japan Convention Bureau, a division within the Japan National Tourism Organization (JNTO) recognises best practice in incentive travel to Japan through the “JAPAN Best Incentive Travel Awards“.
Auckland has been named best meetings, incentives, conferences and exhibitions (MICE) destination in Oceania at the inaugural World MICE Awards 2020.
Not able to conference in the Pacific Islands but still wanting good odds of having sunshine? Nelson came out tops after such an analysis for the Latitude Homes Conference when the closed borders put paid to plans to go to Fiji in October.
Auckland’s move to Alert Level 1 is great news for the business events industry and will give decision-makers confidence across the country, says Conventions and Incentives New Zealand (CINZ) Chief Executive, Lisa Hopkins.
Auckland will join the rest of New Zealand in Covid-19 alert level 1 from 11.59pm on Wednesday 7 October.
“The announcement by Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern dispels all confusion about who can meet and where. We have been given the green light to meet, with the country fully opened up to domestic groups, and Aucklanders again welcome to any region,”she says.
“Now is the time to rebuild the industry, and deliver confidence back to organisers who have been holding off planning and booking their events. Our message is it is safe to hold a conference, seminar, workshop, or team recognition event. We want people to understand that business events are the safest type of event that can be held, backed up by the World Health Organisation itself.”
CINZ has opened registrations for BE Reconnected, a free industry exhibition and networking day in Auckland on 1 December aimed at the throwing the spotlight on this $5 billion sector and rekindling vital industry relationships.
“BE Reconnected will be an essential platform to support the sector now and beyond. It is imperative for the good of the country and for the industry that we now move forward safely, and with assurance,” Lisa Hopkins says.
Waitangi Treaty Grounds opened Tahuaroa Function Centre in February 2020, just before lockdown.
The purpose built, customisable and modern event space has a venue capacity of 190. Tahuaroa, meaning large open space, is located behind Te Rau Aroha museum amongst the native trees of the upper Treaty Grounds.
Mitsubishi Motors required a unique way to recognise and reward top-performing sales and dealership staff from both New Zealand and Australia. So they asked event specialists OneNineFive for “an exceptional automotive experience that had never been done before.”
New Zealand’s business events sector has received a boost with confirmation large events with separate groups of 100 can now go ahead.
Tourism New Zealand’s activity to support the recovery of the tourism industry begins this week as the country moves to alert level 2 and safe travel starts.
With the impact of Covid-19 on the Hospitality and Events industries, together with extended physical distancing and the general curtailment of mass gatherings, Alexandra Park has had to re-evaluate the viability of its’ functions business. This is the stark reality shared by many in the tourism and hospitality sector.
The future of Fieldays is secure despite the ongoing developments of the COVID-19 virus. Event organisers, the New Zealand National Fieldays Society, are pioneering an entirely new experience of Fieldays that will ensure its longevity in an age of social isolation and measures to reduce the spread of coronavirus. Visitors will get a taste of the event via a virtual experience on digital platforms until the physical event is able to take place.
Following the governmental announcement on Monday 16th of March, to cancel all large gatherings of over 500 people, the Society knew this was an opportunity to adapt the Fieldays event in an innovative way.
Event organisers, suppliers, venues and artists in New Zealand are among those in a fight for survival with the global coronavirus pandemic causing a 100 per cent loss in activities and revenue, even before the country’s alert level 4 lockdown came into effect.
Picking of New Zealand’s kiwifruit crop is underway and harvest organisers are pulling out all the stops to find the workers they’ll need for the season – with a particular focus on attracting kiwis into the sector.
Otautahi Christchurch announced at AIME 2020 that it will be joining forces with Te Pae Christchurch Convention Centre and Tourism New Zealand to launch itself as a world class events destination. It is the city’s first ever business events marketing campaign and will launch in Australia in March.