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

 


MEETINGS ends on a high

MEETINGS ends on a high


A two-day trade exhibition to promote the country's business tourism and events industry has ended on a high, with many international buyers expressing keen interest in New Zealand as a conference and incentive destination.

"We had a large contingent of international buyers and media at MEETINGS this year and they were very interested in the possibilities that New Zealand offers. North Americans, for example, were excited to learn first-hand about our incentive travel potential,'' says Conventions and Incentives New Zealand (CINZ) chief executive Sue Sullivan.

"Overall it is has been a really successful couple of days. The exhibitors have had very positive feedback and have collectively conducted over 6000 meetings with potential clients and will be leaving MEETINGS, and with lots of business leads to follow up.

"Our international buyers have experienced some great hospitality and are leaving with a much better understanding of just how much this country has to offer as a destination, both for business events and incentive travel.

"MEETINGS has also given us the chance to offer some professional development to our own conference and incentive organisers. The Masterclass we ran today with Jonah Nader was very well received and is part of CINZ's ongoing commitment to providing industry education,'' Ms Sullivan says.

Ms Sullivan says Tourism New Zealand's increased commitment to MEETINGS had enabled more overseas buyers to attend the event and helped make the exhibition a very effective tool for the New Zealand industry to reach international business events decision-makers.

"We're hoping the interest that we've seen expressed over the past couple of days will now translate into more conferences, business events and bookings for incentive travel coming New Zealand's way,'' Ms Sullivan says.
There were several firsts at MEETINGS this year, reflecting the interest in the industry's potential as it moves in to an exciting phase of growth.

One of New Zealand's leading PCOs Jan Tonkin said CINZ's initiative to stage a MasterClass in association with the event was well received.

"Adding an educational component to MEETINGS for me was a real drawcard. Being able to do make the most of our time at MEETINGS and achieve so much in one day was invaluable. It added even more to the experience."
Another MEETINGS 2014 first was The Luxury Collection, a new section of the exhibition devoted to high-end lodges, hotels, venues and catering.

Reno Verikakis of Sofitel Luxury Hotels said The Luxury Collection exhibitors' collaboration was a great success. We work together across the country to promote New Zealand as a boutique destination for incentive travel, and it makes sense for us to be showcased together.

"The quality of buyers visiting our stand was very high. We had a lot of walk-ins too, with day buyers keen to book business which reflects the confidence we are experiencing in the market," he says.

New exhibitor Sensational Selwyn, a Canterbury regional destination, said MEETINGS gave them the opportunity to showcase the region's unique venues, suppliers and activities to a huge range of international and Kiwi event decision-makers.

Selwyn's Elizabeth Pitcorn says they were overwhelmed by the level of interest from buyers.
"We've been writing business on the floor as well as taking lots of future leads and have been really impressed by the calibre of the event organisers we have been meeting with here."

A record 96 Australian buyers attended MEETINGS this year and Emily Liston from the Medical Protection Society based in Brisbane says her first visit to MEETINGS was a really good opportunity to get a an overall feel for New Zealand and see what each of the different regions had to offer.

"We haven't done any conferencing in New Zealand before and this has been such an informative and productive few days. The pre-famil tour to Queenstown really sold me on the destination too."

MEETINGS 2015 will be held again at Auckland's ASB Showgrounds on June 10 and 11 next year.

- ends -

© Scoop Media

 
 
 
 
 
Business Headlines | Sci-Tech Headlines

 

Pre-Budget: Computer Emergency Response Team, Assemble!

John Key told the country's first ever Cyber Security Summit in Auckland that the government had earmarked funding set up a national Computer Emergency Response Team to help prevent and act on cyber incidents in partnership with the private sector and other organisations. More>>

ALSO:

Job Cutter Goes: Mark Weldon To Step Down As MediaWorks CEO

“When I joined MediaWorks in August 2014, I had a mandate to lead a significant change programme to bring the business back from receivership into a position where it could once again be a strong competitor in the market, with a sound and sustainable future. It was a big brief, laden with inherent challenges, but I took it in good faith and have dedicated myself fully to the goal since." More>>

ALSO:

Must Sell 20 Petrol Stations: Z Cleared To Buy Caltex Assets

Z Energy is allowed to buy the Caltex and Challenge! petrol station chains but must sell 19 of its retail sites and one truck-stop, the Commerce Commission has ruled in a split decision that acknowledges possible retail price coordination between fuel retailers occurs in some regions. More>>

ALSO:

Huntly: Genesis Extends Life Of Coal-Fuelled Power Station To 2022

Genesis Energy will keep its two coal and gas-fired units at Huntly Power Station operating until 2022, having previously said they'd be closed by 2018, after wringing a high price from other electricity generators who wanted to keep them as back-up. More>>

ALSO:

Dammed If You Do: Ruataniwha Irrigation Scheme Hits Farmer Uptake Targets

Enough Hawke's Bay farmers have signed up for water from the proposed Ruataniwha Water Storage Scheme for it to go ahead as long as a cornerstone institutional capital investor can be found to back it, its regional council promoter announced. More>>

ALSO:

Reserve Bank: OCR Stays At 2.25%

Reserve Bank governor Graeme Wheeler kept the official cash rate at 2.25 percent, in a decision traders had said could go either way, while predicting inflation will pick up as the slump in oil prices washes out of the data and capacity pressures start to build in the economy. More>>

ALSO:

Get More From Scoop

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Business
Search Scoop  
 
 
Powered by Vodafone
NZ independent news