MEETINGS 2017 has come to an end, with the two-day trade exhibition putting New Zealand’s potential for events and incentive travel on show.
CINZ chief executive Sue Sullivan says a big contingent of international buyers and media were hosted over the two days of the event.
‘Event organisers are always looking for something truly different, and we have shown them New Zealand is a stunning learning and networking environment,’ she says.
‘Our exhibitors have had plenty of positive feedback and have collectively held over 6000 meetings with potential clients and will be leaving MEETINGS with strong business leads to follow up,’ says Sullivan.
New Zealand’s Acting Prime Minister and Minister of Tourism, Hon Paula Bennett attended MEETINGS and spoke to industry leaders about the value of business events to New Zealand.
‘From a perspective of what we are trying to achieve economically for New Zealand, our conventions just make a huge difference,’ says Bennett. ‘International delegates stay longer and spend more - at an average of six nights at $335 per night, when your overall tourist spend is around $183. So we value it, we recognise (this sector) for what it brings.’
CINZ MEETINGS 2018 will be on 30 and 31 May next year in Auckland.