Industry Issues

HCA and TIA partner to strengthen the hotel industry

Thursday, 13 June 2024 01:18

Tourism Industry Aotearoa (TIA) and Hotel Council Aotearoa (HCA) are pleased to announce a partnership to further strengthen hotel sector advocacy and representation in New Zealand.

Recycling in action for business events

Tuesday, 04 June 2024 02:01

Furniture utilising 100% recycled plastic will be showcased at MEETINGS 2024 by Exhibition Hire Services.

New Zealand targets Asia Pac association market

Wednesday, 08 May 2024 02:51

New Zealand is actively pursuing association conference business in the Asia Pacific region on an educational and networking mission through Singapore, Seoul and Kuala Lumpur. 

Proposed Tourism funding cuts for Hawke's Bay

Sunday, 05 May 2024 23:50

Proposed funding cuts to Hawke’s Bay Tourism will have a catastrophic effect on the region’s economy, with more than $250 million likely to disappear from local businesses, if the cuts go ahead.

New Zealand launches new Delegate Marketing Hub

Monday, 29 April 2024 00:58

Tourism New Zealand has launched a new Delegate Marketing Hub featuring more than 150 assets to help conference and event organisers promote their upcoming event in New Zealand.

BE Mentored launches its 11th year

Monday, 08 April 2024 22:38

Business Events Industry Aotearoa is launching its 11th annual BE Mentored programme.

Talking incentive travel and business events

Tuesday, 27 February 2024 23:47

Meeting Newz Magazine caught up with Marissa Fernandez, Destination Marketing Services (DMS), to talk about the upcoming DMS Connect events being held in Auckland, Melbourne and Sydney mid-March.

Tourism Summit to be held in Auckland

Friday, 23 February 2024 02:22

Tourism Industry Aotearoa Summit will be held Auckland.

ChristchurchNZ launches The Conference Legacy Project

Friday, 23 February 2024 00:43
ChristchurchNZ new legacy project is designed to evaluate the legacy impacts of business events on Christchurch and the broader New Zealand landscape.

BEIA seeks feedback on National Statement of Strategic Direction

Monday, 19 February 2024 05:36

Business Events Industry Aotearoa (BEIA) is making significant strides in shaping the future of the business events sector in New Zealand through the development of a National Statement of Strategic Direction.

Air travel demand

Friday, 12 January 2024 01:31

The International Air Transport Association’s (IATA’s) data for November 2023 indicates that air travel demand topped 99% of 2019 levels.

Tourism NZ wins coveted marketing award at ICCA Congress

Saturday, 25 November 2023 00:21

Tourism New Zealand has been awarded the ICCA Best Marketing Award 2023 at the 2023 ICCA Congress.

Business Events Industry welcomes new government

Friday, 24 November 2023 03:25
Following the formation of New Zealand's new coalition government, announced today, the business events industry is calling for all-of-government recognition for the sector.

Tourism sector gathers at Tākina

Tuesday, 07 November 2023 23:14

Yesterday’s Tourism Summit Aotearoa at Tākina Wellington lived up to its theme of Ready or Not, with a focus on AI, robotics and other technology.

Qantas and Emirates partnership to continue until 2028

Wednesday, 11 October 2023 01:37

Qantas and Emirates have been given the green light by the Australian Competition and Consumer Commission (ACCC) to continue their partnership for another five years.

The partnership covers routes between Australia and the UK/Europe, New Zealand, Asia, the Middle East and North Africa.

ACCC Commissioner Anna Brakey said that the partnership will provide greater choice of flight times and travel options.

“This continual coordination will benefit travellers by facilitating connectivity between a wide range of destinations, as well as optimising earning and redemption opportunities from their respective loyalty rewards programs,” she says.

World Tourism Day 2023

Tuesday, 26 September 2023 22:04

Today marks the official World Tourism Day for 2023, with the global sector to come together around the theme of tourism and green investments.

Paving the way for sustainable tourism

Wednesday, 02 August 2023 06:34

Fifteen leading tourism and hospitality businesses from Waiheke Island and Aotea Great Barrier Island are celebrating their completion of the Taurikura Initiative, a capability building programme designed to support visitor economy businesses to accelerate their sustainability journey.

New Zealand business events sector on track for sustainable growth

Friday, 23 June 2023 07:26

Business Events Industry MEETINGS 2023 held in Wellington finished last week with over 6,000 meetings, networking functions and knowledge sessions taking place.

Meetings help stave off winter blues for NZ hotels

Tuesday, 20 June 2023 00:21

Business travel demand, including from the government sector, is a bright light in what appears to be a challenging winter ahead for New Zealand hoteliers.

Tourism industry to engage with ambitious new environment plan

Friday, 16 June 2023 05:39

The tourism industry is looking forward to engaging with the draft Tourism Environment Action Plan released for consultation today, Tourism Industry Aotearoa says.

Support for tourism as industry helps NZ avoid recession

Monday, 22 May 2023 08:39

Support for tourism announced in the recent Budget will help more tourism businesses succeed as employers of choice, says Tourism Industry Aotearoa (TIA).  

Future thinking at hospo hui

Monday, 22 May 2023 04:48

The Restaurant Association of New Zealand will host the Hospo Hui in June at the Auckland Showgrounds.

RTOs and Councils - this webinar is for you!

Monday, 15 May 2023 02:55

If you are seeking event content to enliven your city, then jump on this webinar.

Road to robust travel recovery in APC

Sunday, 14 May 2023 23:53

Travel across the Asia Pacific region (APAC) is well on its way to recovery, with growing travel demand across all markets as the industry approaches the second half of the year.

There’s no i in TEAM

Thursday, 04 May 2023 06:07

 It’s an oldie but a goodie and still holds true today in a post-COVID world. Brad Foster speaks to a number of companies on how to build business team cohesion and unity. 


The Global Sustainable Tourism Council is developing a new Criteria for Business events and Attractions.

Wednesday, 12 April 2023 04:01

The Global Sustainable Tourism Council (GSTC), with support from the Singapore Tourism Board (STB), is developing a new Criteria for MICE (Meetings, Incentives, Conferences, and Exhibitions) and Attractions.

Queenstown and Wānaka join forces for the environment

Wednesday, 12 April 2023 01:16

The Queenstown Lakes region is inviting visitors and businesses to support the district’s ambitious goal of a regenerative, carbon zero future.  

Influential leaders step up to attract business events to Christchurch NZ

Monday, 03 April 2023 06:28
Local powerhouse leaders, including former Mayor and globally respected leader in disaster resilience The Honourable Lianne Dalziel, and world champion triathlete and pioneer for equity in sport Erin Baker are among the first advocates in Ōtautahi's new Business Events Advocate Programme, Tūwhana.

Bleak weather punishes events organisers to the tune of millions, while inflation stalks the future

Monday, 20 March 2023 21:31

As if the COVID response of lockdowns and restrictions imposed by the Government on the events industry wasn’t enough, recent severe weather events have dealt a further harsh blow to operators in the North Island.

New data highlights working conditions in tourism and hospitality

Monday, 06 March 2023 23:42

New Zealand now has better data on working conditions in tourism and hospitality, for those on the frontline as well as for managers, following a survey of more than 900 people working in the industry. 

Tourism's future focus to be unpacked at key industry forum

Monday, 06 March 2023 22:15

Tourism Industry Aotearoa (TIA) and Auckland Airport are joining forces to hold the Auckland Airport Tourism Forum at TRENZ, New Zealand’s biggest and most influential tourism tradeshow.  

Event weather impact survey

Friday, 03 March 2023 05:54

The New Zealand Events Association (NZEA) have extended the deadline of the Weather impact survey to 10th March.

"Education needed around budgets in 2023"

Monday, 27 February 2023 23:33

Educating clients around budgets in an environment of inflation around the world is one of the jobs facing professional incentive and conference organisers in 2023, participants at Destination Marketing Services (DMS) re-Connect in Auckland heard yesterday.

Offshore incentives – back big time

Monday, 27 February 2023 23:30

Interest in offshore incentives has never been greater, according to organisers and attendees at yesterday’s Destination Management Services re-Connect workshop and roadshow.

Australian convention centres join the call for a united industry voice

Wednesday, 01 February 2023 01:35

The Australian Convention Centre Group (ACCG), comprising representatives from the nation’s leading convention and exhibition centres, have passed a resolution to support the amalgamation of relevant industry associations, in the interest of the broader event sector.

The Innovation Programme for Tourism Recovery is open.

Monday, 14 November 2022 03:35

The Innovation Programme for Tourism Recovery is open.

McLeod Awarded ICCA Honorary Membership

Monday, 14 November 2022 03:17

Roslyn McLeod OAM, Founder of Professional Conference Organisation Arinex, has been presented with an Honorary Membership of the International Congress and Convention Association (ICCA).

New Zealand invests in people for the future

Thursday, 13 October 2022 01:06

Tourism New Zealand is supporting the sustainable future of New Zealand’s business events industry by offering 10 new scholarships for the ICCASkills certification programme.

Business events, travel to provide ‘silver lining’

Tuesday, 27 September 2022 22:46

Business events are among the travel related factors that are likely to shield New Zealand and its trans Tasman neighbour from a worsening global economic situation, says one of the region’s leading economists.

Business Events Globally continue surge

Tuesday, 27 September 2022 20:52

Request for proposal (RFP) activity and hotel group room nights showed a significant increase in 2022 Q2, with both indexes reaching over 80% of 2019 levels, according to the 2022 Q2 Global Business Events Barometer.

The last face to face event - Don't forget the Bubbles

Friday, 16 September 2022 06:13


Prior to the start of DFTB22 Tessa Davis, co-founder of the paediatric community Don’t Forget The Bubbles (DFTB) was convinced that this year’s paediatric community conference, “would be the last we’d EVER run.”

Go with Tourism awarded 2 million to build NZ Tourism Workforce

Monday, 05 September 2022 04:05


Go with Tourism – an initiative that specialises in growing New Zealand's tourism and hospitality workforce – has been awarded $2 million from the International Visitor and Conservation Levy (IVL) to continue their efforts in tackling the industry’s current skills shortage.

Hospo leaders of the future

Monday, 01 August 2022 22:27

Hospitality New Zealand has announced a programme which engages workers early, provides access to career pathways and develops leaders of the future.

Lisa Hopkins: Don’t call us a ‘service’ industry

Monday, 20 June 2022 20:55

Business Events Industry Aotearoa’s chief executive is urging the sector to put away the term ‘service’ when describing what it does.

Awards and celebration for business events industry

Monday, 20 June 2022 00:08

New Zealand’s business events industry celebrated a successful MEETINGS 2022 last Thursday night when over 650 Australian and New Zealand event professionals gathered for a gala dinner at Te Pae Christchurch Convention Centre.

Vital role of business events sector recognised at MEETINGS 2022

Tuesday, 14 June 2022 23:16

Business Events Industry Aotearoa’s flagship exhibition, MEETINGS has opened with a strong endorsement of the sector’s role in New Zealand’s economic and social success.

Record business events exhibition set for Christchurch

Monday, 23 May 2022 22:39

New Zealand’s annual business events industry tradeshow, MEETINGS is a sell-out with a record number of exhibitors set to meet with event organisers from Australia and New Zealand in Christchurch on 15 and 16 June.

Venues expect business events recovery in 2023

Tuesday, 26 April 2022 23:00

Two-thirds of venues globally say they will recover to 2019 meeting revenue levels in 2022 or 2023. 

Business Events Are Back In Business! as event capacity restrictions lifted

Wednesday, 13 April 2022 02:09

The business events industry is ready and waiting to welcome visitors back following today’s New Zealand government announcement ending event capacity restrictions.

Event sector dismay: Showgrounds looks set to be film studio

Monday, 28 March 2022 21:21

Dismay is growing within the business and public events sectors as reports emerge that a film studio is the preferred bidder for the Auckland Showgrounds – which among many other things is a regular host of the MEETINGS expo.

Reduced Restrictions Welcomed by BEIA

Friday, 25 March 2022 01:07

The New Zealand government is ending vaccine mandates from 4 April, and increasing indoor event capacity to 200 from today, Friday, 25 March which is a step forward for the business events sector.

Confidence boost for Business Events Industry

Wednesday, 16 March 2022 00:36

Business Events Industry Aotearoa (BEIA) says the announcement enabling vaccinated visitors to enter New Zealand without isolation is news the industry has been waiting to hear.

Thought leaders to boost conference bids

Tuesday, 01 March 2022 00:20

Tourism New Zealand is searching for top academics, industry trailblazers and association leaders to bid for and host international conferences in New Zealand.

Business Events Industry looks towards recovery

Monday, 28 February 2022 23:33

Business Events Industry Aotearoa (BEIA) is welcoming the lifting of the self-isolation requirements for fully vaccinated New Zealanders and eligible visa holders entering the country from Australia.