Video | Agriculture | Confidence | Economy | Energy | Employment | Finance | Media | Property | RBNZ | Science | SOEs | Tax | Technology | Telecoms | Tourism | Transport | Search

 


Attend MEETINGS and experience NZ's regions first-hand

News release
4 March 2014


Attend MEETINGS and experience New Zealand's regions first-hand

Professional event organisers from Australia are being offered the chance to explore more of New Zealand when they pop across the Tasman for MEETINGS 2014.

MEETINGS is New Zealand’s biggest business tourism trade exhibition and is being held in Auckland on June 18 and 19. Australian hosted buyers can join one of several familiarisation programmes that have been organised for the weekend before MEETINGS.

“These familiarisation programmes are a chance for buyers to experience first-hand what is on offer outside of the main cities,’’ says MEETINGS event manager Jeanette Stanton. “They will be great fun but also a great chance to experience the beauty and charm of regional New Zealand.’’

The Hamilton and Waikato Convention Bureau is offering a programme which takes in their region’s highlights, including a tour to Hobbiton, which features in the Lord of the Rings and Hobbit movies and is the only purpose-built permanent movie set in the world.

Other regions offering weekend tours, from 14 to 16 June, include top tourism destinations Rotorua, Taupo, Wellington, Christchurch & Canterbury and Queenstown.

The new, larger venue chosen for MEETINGS this year has given event organiser, Conventions and Incentives New Zealand, the opportunity to expand the exhibition. For the first time it will be staged across two pavilions.

Eighteen regions of New Zealand will be on show, with over 180 exhibitors.

“At the ASB Showgrounds we have the luxury of space so we’ve been able to introduce some new options for exhibitors that give them a bit more flexibility,’’ says Ms Stanton.

“One of the things that we’ve picked up on from last year’s event is that there is a real interest from buyers in our luxury or boutique offerings so we’re creating an exhibition space that is dedicated to the Luxury Collection.

“We are also setting up regional pavilions where the regional convention bureaux can band together with smaller suppliers to give a real flavour of what their region has to offer,’’ Ms Stanton says.

“Expect lots of new exhibitors, plus new stands from several of our top regions, including Christchurch & Canterbury who are promising an exciting new look for 2014.”

Last year 100% of Hosted Buyers who attended MEETINGS said the exhibition met or exceeded their expectations and Ms Stanton is confident buyers will be equally happy with what is offer this time round.

Grace Ng, of Powell Consultants, says MEETINGS truly shows what New Zealand has to offer as a MICE destination.

“It’s a must attend event for all MICE industry people doing work in New Zealand,’’ she says.

Simon Horrocks, of ViFx, says attending MEETINGS allowed him to do six months of desk research in two days.

“For me it was great,’’ he says.

Applications for the Hosted Buyer programme close on April 18.

Find out more about MEETINGS 2014 at www.meetings.co.nz and follow MEETINGS on Facebook and Twitter.

- ends –

© Scoop Media

 
 
 
 
 
Business Headlines | Sci-Tech Headlines

 

Housing: Affordability Drops 14%, Driven By Auckland Prices

Housing affordability across New Zealand fell 14 percent in the year ending November 2014, with Auckland’s lack of affordability set to reach levels it hit during the height of the global financial crisis, according to the latest Massey University Home Affordability Report More>>

ALSO:

The Dry: Fonterra Drops Forecast Milk Volumes By 3.3 Percent

Fonterra Cooperative Group, the worlds largest dairy exporter, reduced its milk volume forecast for the 2014-2015 season by 3.3 per cent due to the impact of dry weather on production in recent weeks. More>>

ALSO:

Strike: Lyttelton Port Workers Vote To Escalate Dispute

Members of the Rail and Maritime Transport Union (RMTU) at Lyttelton Port today voted to escalate their industrial action. Around 200 RMTU members have been operating an overtime ban since 17 December and today they endorsed a series of full withdrawals of labour at the port. More>>

ALSO:

Scoop Business: NZ Dollar Falls To 3-Year Low As Investors Favour Greenback

The New Zealand dollar fell to its lowest in more than three years as investors sold euro and bought US dollars, weakening other currencies against the greenback. More>>

ALSO:

Scoop Business: NZ Govt Operating Deficit Smaller Than Expected

The New Zealand’s government’s operating deficit was smaller than expected in the first five months of the financial year as a clampdown on expenditure managed to offset a shortfall in the tax-take from last month’s forecast. More>>

ALSO:

0.8 Percent Annually:
NZ Inflation Falls Below RBNZ's Target

New Zealand's annual pace of inflation slowed to below the Reserve Bank's target band in the final three months of the year, giving governor Graeme Wheeler more room to keep the benchmark interest rate lower for longer.More>>

ALSO:

Get More From Scoop

 
 
Standards New Zealand

Standards New Zealand
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Business
Search Scoop  
 
 
Powered by Vodafone
NZ independent news