Industry Issues

Go with Tourism provide support

Sunday, 29 March 2020 20:03

Go with Tourism, an initiative developed by Auckland Tourism, Events and Economic Development (ATEED) to build New Zealand’s tourism workforce, has launched a new service to offer free support to tourism industry workers and businesses affected by the spread of COVID-19.

Through one-on-one interactions via phone or video calls, an online Knowledge Hub and curated innovation sessions, Go with Tourism aims to assist with redeploying displaced tourism workers and providing guidance to businesses in need of advice.

Annual survey suggests growth for business events

Wednesday, 04 March 2020 01:32

Meeting attendance continued to increase in 2019 as the business events industry experienced yet another year of consecutive growth. 

Latest industry research from CVENT

Wednesday, 19 February 2020 23:02

Cvent  shared the results of their latest research into the Australian and New Zealand events industry yesterday at AIME 2020, in Melbourne.

Fulfil sustainability and CR obligations in one go

Tuesday, 18 February 2020 06:23

If you want to do the very best you can to make your conference or event as clean and green as possible and fulfil your corporate responsibility obligations, you should be looking at Jayden Klinac’s company, For the Better Good, which offers an alternative to plastic water bottles.

Landmark year at AIME for NZ

Wednesday, 12 February 2020 21:36

Next week’s Asia-Pacific Incentives and Meetings Event (AIME) in Melbourne comes at the start of a landmark decade for New Zealand’s business events industry.

NZ hotels record solid year in 2019

Thursday, 23 January 2020 01:01

New Zealand hotels recorded a solid year in 2019, with the same national occupancy level as 2018, Tourism Industry Aotearoa says.

Business meetings win hands down

Wednesday, 20 November 2019 03:52

Meeting face to face is still the most efficient way to do business, but travel agents are increasingly being asked not only how to reduce costs but also environmental impact. That was one of the key points to rise from a media conference conducted by Flight Centre in Auckland recently.

TNZ’s Conference Impact Project Gathers Momentum

Wednesday, 30 October 2019 21:44

Three international conferences selected as pilot cases for the Enrich New Zealand - Conference Impact Project were announced by Tourism New Zealand’s global manager - business events Lisa Gardiner at the CINZ annual conference being held in Queenstown this week.

Quotes sought for Business Events research programme

Monday, 30 September 2019 05:59

A business events industry working group led by Conventions and Incentives New Zealand (CINZ) has released a Request for Quote (RFQ) for the Business Events Research Programme (BERP) contract opportunity. 

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.