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Biggest Tourism Business Event Ever Four Days Away

Tourism Industry Association Release

Biggest Tourism Business Event Ever Just Four Days Away

In just four days, New Zealand's biggest ever tourism business event, Tourism Rendezvous New Zealand (TRENZ), will begin in Christchurch, Tourism Industry Association Chief Executive Glenys Coughlan said today.

"TRENZ is the tourism business doing the business of tourism. Nearly 400 travel and tourism buyers from all over the world will meet at the WestPac Centre in Christchurch to do business with over 350 New Zealand tourism operators, who will be offering their product for sale.

"It is the biggest event of its type in New Zealand. The chances are that the tourists we see in our country in 2001 will have purchased a package negotiated at TRENZ this year," Ms Coughlan said.

"Also attending TRENZ will be over 80 international and 30 domestic media. As well as the opportunity to do business at TRENZ, delegates will be hosted to a variety of functions which will have on display the best of New Zealand food and wine.

"We are honoured this year to have the Prime Minister Helen Clark to officially open TRENZ on Monday evening. As well, Tourism Minister Mark Burton will be attending TRENZ."

Ms Coughlan said that the finalists of the Tourism Awards 2000 will be announced at a delegates lunch at the Christchurch Convention Centre on Monday 22nd.

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The Tourism Industry Association represents 3,500 businesses and organisations within the tourism industry Members include airlines, airport companies, and regional tourism organisations, rental car, coach and taxi companies, inbound tour operators, travel agents, adventure tourism operators, accommodation providers, tourism attractions, researchers, training organisations and tourism services providers Tourism is New Zealand's largest export earner - accounting for 16 % of this country's export earnings The Tourism Industry Association organises the New Zealand Tourism Conference, TRENZ and the New Zealand Tourism Awards

Simon King Manager Government and Media Relations (04) 494 1845, (025) 807 252


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