Association Focus

Storytelling For Grant Applications

Monday, 19 October 2020 22:45

If you’d like to know how to win one of the many government grants that are coming our way, you need to attend PCOA20 to learn from one of the best - Bernadette Schwerdt.

PCOA 2020

Monday, 14 September 2020 21:51

The Professional Conference Organisers Association Inc (PCOA) today is revealing details of PCOA20.

PCMA signs partnership deal with Korea MICE Association

Monday, 24 August 2020 04:09

Professional Convention Management Association (PCMA) and Korea MICE Association have announced a two-year strategic agreement to provide bolstered support to members of both organisations to equip them for the post-COVID return, through specialised training programs. 

CINZ and PCMA sign agreeement

Monday, 06 July 2020 00:53

Conventions and Incentives New Zealand (CINZ) and the Professional Convention Management Association (PCMA) have announced a strategic agreement to work together to support and professionally develop the business events community.

MEETINGS 2021 in Christchurch

Monday, 29 June 2020 23:31

The countdown for MEETINGS 2021 in Ōtautahi Christchurch has begun with the announcement of new dates for New Zealand’s premier business events exhibition run by Conventions and Incentives New Zealand (CINZ).

Wahl Davies replaces Copeman at PCOA

Thursday, 18 June 2020 01:32

Arna Wahl Davies has replaced Ali Copeman as the PCOA NZ Councillor for NZ and brings more than 20 years’ experience in event management to the role.

Fieldays 2020 online only

Monday, 08 June 2020 23:16

The Southern Hemisphere’s largest agricultural event will be online only this year. 

New Zealand gets back to business events

Thursday, 04 June 2020 02:09

New Zealand’s success in eliminating Covid-19 means gatherings of any scale can take place from next week, Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern has announced.

A first for Fieldays

Monday, 18 May 2020 02:27

Fieldays, The Southern Hemisphere’s largest agri-event approximately has partnered with Trade Me to deliver their first ever online event with the online powerhouse set to streamline Fieldays’ digital transactions and customer service experience.

CINZ urges for distinction between business events and mass gatherings

Sunday, 10 May 2020 22:38

Conventions & Incentives New Zealand (CINZ) is urging the government to make a clear distinction between business events and mass gatherings to give domestic events a solid platform to restart under Alert Level 2.

CINZ launch new event - BE Reconnected

Monday, 06 April 2020 04:29

New Zealand’s business events industry association, CINZ is looking towards post-COVID-19 recovery by launching a new event, BE Reconnected, for December 2020.

Meetings 2020 postponed

Monday, 16 March 2020 04:21

Conventions and Incentives New Zealand (CINZ) has announced the postponement of New Zealand’s annual business events industry trade show MEETINGS, which was due to take place in Auckland next month.

New Education Series to launch at MEETINGS

Monday, 09 March 2020 20:49

Conventions and Incentives New Zealand (CINZ) is unveiling a new professional development and education programme for MEETINGS 2020 in Auckland.

Franchise Association Conference to be held at Claudelands

Wednesday, 04 March 2020 02:08

Taking place 17-19 June at Hamilton’s Claudelands Arena and organised by the Franchise Association of New Zealand, attendance is open to members and non-members.

Setting the sustainability standard high at Fieldays

Wednesday, 04 March 2020 00:40

The New Zealand National Fieldays Society is committed to achieving its long-term sustainability goals through environmentally responsible business.

Tourism industry makes strides towards sustainability

Wednesday, 29 January 2020 23:36

New Zealand’s tourism industry continued to make important strides towards its sustainability goals in 2019, according to research and analysis by Tourism Industry Aotearoa.

PCMA to Raise $250K for Australia and Puerto Rico Disaster Victims

Wednesday, 22 January 2020 23:19

Citing the business events industry’s vast potential for taking care of people and communities, PCMA President and CEO Sherrif Karamat today announced a pan-industry initiative to raise $250,000 to help those affected by the bushfires in Australia and the earthquakes in Puerto Rico.

Tasmania to host the 13th Annual PCOA Conference in 2020

Tuesday, 10 December 2019 03:04


Barry Neame, PCOA President congratulated the ICC Venue, AV and catering,  the dynamic MC duo Amanda Stevens and Andrew Klein, along with program director Tiffany Bower.

PCOA 2019 Kicks off in Sydney

Monday, 09 December 2019 01:37

The 12th annual PCOA showcase officially kicked off at the ICC Sydney this morning with a rousing acknowledgement of country performed by a group from the Kari indigenous support foundation.

CINZ Celebrates 10 years exhibiting at PCO conference

Wednesday, 04 December 2019 02:21

Celebrating 10 years exhibiting at the Professional Conference Organisers’ (PCO) Association Conference, Conventions & Incentives New Zealand (CINZ) and Tourism New Zealand (joined by 18 partners), have this year doubled their stand to 72sqm giving delegates room to immerse themselves in what New Zealand has in store.

Exhibitors set to launch new experiences at CINZ MEETINGS 2020

Wednesday, 04 December 2019 02:15

Next year’s 24th CINZ MEETINGS, run by Conventions and Incentives New Zealand (CINZ) is set to be a launch pad for New Zealand’s latest experiences and new venues.

CINZ appoints new Chief Executive

Sunday, 01 December 2019 22:26

Lisa Hopkins has been appointed the new Chief Executive of Conventions and Incentives New Zealand (CINZ).

CINZ Board Chair Tony Gardner says he is delighted to announce the appointment of Lisa Hopkins, who has held senior business events leadership positions in New Zealand and offshore for over a decade.

Fieldays significant economic contribution

Wednesday, 13 November 2019 01:08

Fieldays® continues to contribute significantly to the regional and national economy according to the recent Economic Impact Report conducted by Dr Warren Hughes of the New Zealand Institute for Business Research at the University of Waikato.

CINZ conference 2020 to showcase Hawke's Bay

Sunday, 03 November 2019 03:43

Napier city and the Hawke’s Bay region will host the Conventions and Incentives New Zealand (CINZ) Conference in October 2020. The win was announced at the conference in Queenstown last week.

Sustainability high on the CINZ Conference agenda in Queenstown

Wednesday, 30 October 2019 23:10

Sustainability is top of mind for delegates and organisers at the Conventions and Incentives New Zealand (CINZ) Annual Conference, which was opened by Associate Tourism Minister Hon Peeni Henare in Queenstown.

CINZ Chief Executive Sue Sullivan says for the third year in a row, the CINZ conference will be a carbon-neutral event.

Convention Bureaux New Zealand Launch New Logo

Wednesday, 30 October 2019 22:40

The New Zealand Convention Bureaux network has adopted new logo and branding look and feel as part of a wider campaign to promote the services of Convention Bureaux to domestic organisers.

Convention Bureaux NZ chair, Amanda Graham, says "We wanted our brand to better reflect who we are and what we do, establishing a strong, new visual identity.”

Anything is Possible with Collaboration

Wednesday, 02 October 2019 19:52

Tahira Endean, head of events at SITE Global in Vancouver, Canada will be one of the headline speakers at the Professional Conference Organisers Association (PCOA) 2019 conference at the ICC Sydney on 8 - 10 December.

CHC on show to Australian association execs

Thursday, 26 September 2019 00:35

Eight Australian association executives took the opportunity to check out Christchurch while they were in New Zealand earlier this month.

MEA announces global sustainability partnership

Thursday, 12 September 2019 01:04

Meeting & Events Australia has announced its partnership with the Sustainable Events Alliance (SEA) which is a global affiliation of organisations, events and individuals who are focused on improving the sustainability outcomes of events.

PCOA 19 Deep Dive Workshops

Thursday, 22 August 2019 01:48

Would you like the opportunity to meet face-to-face with some of Australia’s event industry leaders? 

CINZ lines up another stellar MEETINGS for 2020 in Auckland

Monday, 19 August 2019 01:38

Conventions and Incentives New Zealand (CINZ) is expecting another stellar year for the country’s only national business events industry showcase, MEETINGS to be held from 22 to 23 April in Auckland. 

Get video smart – Julian Mather

Wednesday, 31 July 2019 21:10

World-class videographer Julian Mather will put his audience in the video picture, literally, at the PCOA19 conference.

IBTM World Launches Business Mentorship And Investment Programme

Wednesday, 24 July 2019 21:53

IBTM World, which takes place in Barcelona from 19-21 November 2019, has launched ‘Event Business Accelerator’, an investment and mentoring programme for young entrepreneurs. The programme will give people with an idea, product or service relevant to the events industry the opportunity to participate in an intensive mentoring programme, culminating in a live pitch for funding to a panel of potential investors at IBTM World.

Event Business Accelerator will see the selected finalists participate in an intensive mentoring programme of workshops, webinars and one-to-one sessions with a team of industry experts. The mentors will support them as they develop and scale their ideas and businesses ahead of pitching for funding to help bring their idea to fruition or to grow their existing business.

On the 19th and 20th November at IBTM World, the mentees will participate in live pitches to a panel of investors, taking part on a central stage at the heart of the event floor in a new immersive zone, IBTM Accelerate. Designed to attract and nurture entrepreneurial talent, the zone will also incorporate exhibitors and education sessions that will give delegates the opportunity to learn from other successful MICE entrepreneurs and share ideas with their peers.

IBTM Accelerate will feature several interactive discussions for the next generation of event planners; an ‘Influencers of MICE’ series led by ex-MPI president and founder of Word of MICE, Mariska Kesteloo; Future Focus – a series of sessions focusing on the future of the MICE industry, curated by Alistair Turner; and the hotly anticipated IBTM World Tech Watch Awards, which will be presented in the zone. Supporters of the new feature zone include Barcelona Convention Bureau, MPI, Word of MICE, Reed Exhibitions, La Salle Ramon Llull University, CETT-UB, Eight PR & Marketing and Reed Exhibitions UK.

David Thompson, event director, IBTM World, said: “We are delighted to announce the launch of Event Business Accelerator. IBTM is committed to paving the way for future industry talent and this initiative, and indeed the entire Accelerate zone, are platforms to do this in a comprehensive and sustained way. The zone will allow us to combine elements from our year-round content, our mentoring scheme, as well as providing opportunities for on-site learning. We very much look forward to announcing more details in due course.”

Applications for the Event Business Accelerator are now open and will close on 23rd August. IBTM World is inviting submissions from entrepreneurs up to the age of 35, who have a bright idea for an events business, product or service, or who have up to three years’ experience in running their own business related to the events industry. To apply, simply complete the submission form detailing your business proposition. The entries will be scored by a panel of industry judges, with finalists being selected and announced this September 2019.

The 2019 event is expected to welcome over 2,800 exhibitors from over 150 countries, as well as over 3,500 buyers and thousands of visitors for a packed schedule of meetings, networking and educational sessions. For more information please see

Speak with impact - PCOA masterclass 2019

Wednesday, 10 July 2019 22:15

LYNNE Schinella, who is undaunted by challenges, is hoping her approach will rub off on delegates when she addresses the PCOA19 conference as a guest speaker.

This positive professional, who addresses audience all over the world, will run a masterclass, Speak with Impact, Her class will reinforce the conference’s theme, Anything is Possible.

AIPC, ICCA and UFI launch alliance

Wednesday, 26 June 2019 07:22

The risk of competing rather than collaborating, and a growing overlap, are behind an alliance agreement between three global meetings associations serving the international meetings industry.

AIPC (The International Association of Convention Centres), ICCA (The International Congress and Convention Association), and UFI (The Global Association of the Exhibition Industry) have launched a Global Alliance to facilitate collaboration and generate more comprehensive and better aligned benefits for their members.

Tailoring business events to engage diverse audiences

Wednesday, 19 June 2019 23:19

Relevant, engaging and memorable. In the 20-plus years I’ve been designing business events, it’s clear that participants expect all three elements. The challenge is providing that environment in a way that seems personalized to hundreds or thousands of individuals.

Amna Karra-Hassan PCOA19 opening keynote speaker

Wednesday, 12 June 2019 21:49

Amna's inspirational story is about her journey through adversity, hope and achieving the 'impossible’ and it resonates perfectly with the PCOA19 conference theme.

Anything is Possible

Wednesday, 05 June 2019 02:23

This year in keeping with the “Anything is Possible” theme, the PCOA are doing things differently and for the first time will be featuring dual tag-team MC’s for the conference.

New Zealand’s largest business events exhibition starts tomorrow

Monday, 27 May 2019 06:11

Exhibitors from 17 regions will meet with buyers from eight countries when New Zealand’s biggest business events industry showcase, CINZ MEETINGS 2019starts in host city Auckland tomorrow. 

Focus on sustainability at TRENZ 2019

Wednesday, 08 May 2019 07:15

With delegate bags made from recyclable and washable paper and donating left-over food to local charities, this year’s TRENZ in Rotorua will be the greenest ever.

New executive line up for the AACB

Wednesday, 24 April 2019 05:48

With the unanimous support of its Board, the Association of Australian Convention Bureaux (AACB) is pleased to announce the appointment of Michael Matthews, CEO of the Canberra Convention Bureau, as its new President. 

2018/19 NZEA Event Awards winners announced

Wednesday, 27 March 2019 03:57

The New Zealand event awards were presented at a glittering ceremony held at Shed 10 in Auckland this week, celebrating gatherings from Cape Reinga to Invercargill.

Meeting planner or architect of exhaustion

Monday, 10 December 2018 22:31

Across society mental health issues have reached crisis point.

Get NZ on the map

Tuesday, 04 December 2018 19:36

Delegates at next week’s PCO Association Conference in Melbourne will be asked to band together and help #getNZonthemap at the 100% Pure New Zealand hub.

Hill awarded lifetime AuSAE award

Wednesday, 26 September 2018 19:54
Nick Hill has been awarded Life Member of the Australasian Society of Association Executives.

Get involved in PCOA18

Monday, 03 September 2018 04:12

The Professional Conference Organisers Association (PCOA) is seeking five PCOs or in-house event managers to share a short case study (approximately 10 minutes) as part of a session at the PCOA Conference & Exhibition in December.

PCOA announces keynote

Monday, 30 July 2018 21:43

The Professional Conference Organisers Association (PCOA) 2018 conference has announced its opening keynote speaker.

PCOA18: Q&A with Garzberg

Thursday, 26 July 2018 20:58

PCOA18 featured speaker: Tomer Garzberg - founder and CEO,

PCOA18: Speaker Q&A

Monday, 23 July 2018 20:01

PCOA18 conference and exhibition speaker name: Simon Griffiths

First female MC for PCOA

Thursday, 22 March 2018 20:47

Yvonne Adele has been named as the MC for the 11th annual PCO Association conference, to be held in the new extension to the Melbourne Convention & Exhibition Centre between 9-11 December.

Adele has previously worked with PCOA as a programme speaker, and her appointment marks the first female MC for the event in its history.

CINZ Wellington industry update

Monday, 19 February 2018 20:04

Conventions and Incentives New Zealand will hold a business events sector update for the industry on Monday 12 March in Wellington.

Sue Sullivan, CINZ chief executive will be joined by Leonie Ashford, Tourism New Zealand’s business events bid manager, and Shanti Carter, group sales account manager from Air New Zealand.

CINZ Emerging Talent series to kick off in March

Monday, 19 February 2018 19:48

The Conventions and Incentives New Zealand (CINZ) Emerging Talent series starts for 2018 with events in Auckland and Wellington in March.

The Auckland event on Monday 5 March at SKYCITY sold out within 48 hours. A repeat event is now scheduled for April, where the New Zealand International Convention Centre (NZICC) team will present an update.

New Brissy association event

Thursday, 08 February 2018 04:32

Registrations are open for a new event targeted solely at association meeting planners.

The Great Association Meetings and Events Symposium (GAMES) takes place at Brisbane Convention and Exhibition Centre on April 17-18, 2018.

PCO association webinars

Wednesday, 31 January 2018 23:05

The PCO Association has kicked off its webinar series, with the first session to be held on Thursday 15 February.

This is the fifth consecutive year the PCO Association will put out its webinar series.