Industry Issues

True partnership needed for tourism recovery

Sunday, 06 September 2020 23:51

When the new Government is elected, tourism operators will be looking for a clear signal that it is willing to work in close partnership on rebuilding the industry, Tourism Industry Aotearoa says. 

Managing business events at Level 2 (and 2.5)

Sunday, 30 August 2020 23:03

Lisa Hopkins, ceo of CINZ has issued a statement to assist members and customers on how to manage and operate business events at this level, and is in accordance with the COVID-19 Public Health Response, which can be found on the New Zealand Legislation website, click here.

More uncertainty? That's for certain

Wednesday, 26 August 2020 23:13


Near the beginning of the Covid-19 saga New Zealanders were told that the ‘go early – go hard’ policy would (among other things) give us time to prepare for future outbreaks without having to take such drastic measures again.

CINZ calls on Government support

Monday, 17 August 2020 02:59

Conventions and Incentives New Zealand (CINZ) has called on the New Zealand Government outlining the support needed for the business events sector moving forward. Lisa Hopkins, ceo says a letter was sent to the government outlining 5 key requests.

1. Create a clear and specific Ministerial relationship which would support a more direct dialogue with the industry to save jobs, create investment, drive economic growth, and provide accountability.

2. Extend the wage subsidy to the end of the year in a targeted way. 

3. Meet and partner with the industry. 

4. Acknowledge the industry and the important role it plays in leverage. This will deliver confidence to both the sector and their customers, supporting the domestic opportunities until borders re-open. 

5. Do not cancel Government-sponsored conferences or events. Use the experts in the industry to manage these events as a way of supporting industry recovery.

The Prime Minister has acknowledged the letter and has asked Minister Twyford to connect with CINZ.  

Hopkins anticipates outcomes from the Domestic Event Fund to be announced very soon as well as details around the administration of the Regional Event fund, which will include Business Events.



Industry bodies join forces to lobby Govt

Tuesday, 28 July 2020 02:30

Industry organisations from across the tourism, travel, aviation, hospitality and event sectors have joined forces to plead for assurance about Government plans for ongoing support.

CINZ & TNZ renew partnership

Tuesday, 14 July 2020 23:12

The marketing of New Zealand as an international business events destination continues to be enhanced by an ongoing agreement between Conventions and Incentives New Zealand (CINZ) and Tourism New Zealand (TNZ).

$10million fund for events

Thursday, 02 July 2020 01:27

The Government has established a new $10 million fund for the domestic events sector to help save jobs and protect incomes as it recovers from the impacts of COVID-19, Minister of Economic Development Phil Twyford announced today.

Business events - latest insights from Tourism NZ

Monday, 15 June 2020 22:20

Insights from recently commissioned research by Tourism NZ has been shared in a webinar this morning with more than 150 participants from the business events sector.

New voluntary code for events industry

Tuesday, 09 June 2020 00:28

A new Code has been developed by Conventions and Incentives New Zealand (CINZ), Entertainment Technology New Zealand (ETNZ), Event Venues Association New Zealand (EVANZ), New Zealand Event Association (NZEA), and New Zealand Promoters Association (NZPA) in consultation with New Zealand Major Events (at the Ministry of Business, Innovation and Employment). 

First recipients of the $400 Million

Thursday, 04 June 2020 02:26

An iconic New Zealand tourism attraction and the country’s 31 Regional Tourism Organisations are the first recipients of support from the $400 million Tourism Sector Recovery Plan, to help position the sector for recovery from COVID-19, Tourism Minister Kelvin Davis announced today.

Safe domestic travel is critical

Wednesday, 06 May 2020 23:25

A new Reserve Bank assessment of the economic impact of COVID-19 underlines the importance of getting New Zealanders moving again.

Domestic travel must be permitted at L2

Friday, 01 May 2020 03:11

New Zealanders can travel safely within our own country at Level 2 and must be allowed to do so, Tourism Industry Aotearoa says.

Business Events will play a key role in tourism recovery.

Thursday, 16 April 2020 04:22

Business events will play an imortant role in the tourism sector’s recovery, says Stephen England-Hall, chief executive, Tourism NZ.

Planning for the future of Tourism and Events

Wednesday, 08 April 2020 01:07

The Government, industry and business are working together to develop a plan for how tourism will operate in a post-COVID-19 world, Tourism Minister Kelvin Davis announced today.

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.

CINZ welcomes Governments business package

Wednesday, 18 March 2020 02:36

Conventions & Incentives New Zealand (CINZ) has welcomed the Government’s announcement of a Business Continuity Package to help New Zealand businesses recover from the impact of COVID-19.

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.