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Fiji’s new beach club suits incentives

Monday, 16 October 2017 22:00

The newest addition to Fiji’s luxury island choices provides an excellent option for incentive and meeting groups utilising Denarau resorts, says Margaret Spiro, campaign manager at First Travel Group.

New Zealand celebrates 10th PCOA

Monday, 16 October 2017 21:47

The largest-ever team of New Zealand suppliers is heading to the Gold Coast for the Professional Conference Organisers (PCO) Association’s 10th anniversary event next month.

Conventions and Incentives New Zealand (CINZ) Australia Manager Sharon Auld says 19 New Zealand suppliers will be joining the 100% Pure New Zealand hub at the Gold Coast Convention and Exhibition Centre from Sunday 26 to Tuesday 28 November 2017.

Pre-famil options for CINZ Conference

Monday, 25 September 2017 22:04

CINZ has revealed the details of its pre-famil options ahead of the CINZ 41st Annual Conference, which takes place from 24 to 26 October in Dunedin.

PAICE stands set to sell out

Monday, 18 September 2017 22:18

The Pacific Area Incentives and Conferences Expo (PAICE 2017) is set to sell out and is making a last call for exhibitors.

Working together

Monday, 11 September 2017 21:13

Conventions and Incentives New Zealand and Tourism New Zealand are continuing their collaborative approach.

The two organisations have resigned for a fifth year a Memorandum of Understanding that confirms cooperative activity in the promotion of international business events to New Zealand.

The commitment hopes to build on the momentum of previous years encouraging visitation to New Zealand from the lucrative business events sector.

Tourism New Zealand’s chief executive Stephen England-Hall says the organisation will continue to support CINZ’s Australian trade events to enable greater reach and effectiveness, and will continue to drive global marketing campaign activity in support of the sector, and operate the Conference Assistance Programme as the key tool in securing large scale international conferences.

Future focus: CINZ Conference 2017

Monday, 21 August 2017 22:15

International conference trends will be top of mind at the CINZ annual conference, taking place in Dunedin this October.

The 41st CINZ annual conference from 24 to 26 October is themed Ahead of the Curve, and focuses on the future with an insight into new generation technologies, smart thinking and leading-edge practice.

In keeping with the conference theme, CINZ is mixing up different presentation styles to match different ways of learning in 2017. Traditional plenary sessions will share the programme with shortened workshops, TED-style talks, and panel sessions.

There will be a line up of 12 international and local experts on the subject, including Deborah Sexton, president and CEO of the Professional Convention Management Association (PCMA), brought here by Tourism New Zealand with the support of Air New Zealand; incentive specialist, Fiona Batten, manager of Ci Events Australia; and Dunedin-based Ian Taylor, founder of Animation Research Ltd.


Register online at the CINZ website for the CINZ Conference and AGM 2017.

In the spotlight: The mighty Waikato

Monday, 14 August 2017 22:57

The Waikato was put under the spotlight last week as part of the Business Events Waikato Showcase held at Claudelands Arena.

A group of 12 PCOs were treated to a three-day Waikato welcoming, hosted by Hamilton & Waikato Tourism NZ business events manager Amanda Graham. The group explored a range of the best conference venues, business event spaces and services the Waikato region has on offer.

Day one of the three-day jaunt kicked off with lunch at the Sudima Hotel Hamilton and an activation session led by Joanna Hall, sales & event manager and Julia Edward, sales & event executive from Team Up Events. Then it was time to get down to business, with event organisers, PCOs and buyers coming together to meet with the wide array of operators exhibiting at the showcase.

The showcase included over 50 exhibitors, including Hobbiton Movie Set, Discover Waitomo, Distinction Hamilton Hotel and many more, as well as guest speakers from Essential Talent including Duncan Garner and Rob Hamil along with a Tourism NZ panel discussion about the Waikato. The showcase ended with drinks, canapes and entertainment from Looking for Alaska and Lyrica. The day was wrapped with a tour and dinner event at the Good George Brewery.

Buyers say that the close proximity to Auckland and Auckland Airport, great conference facilities and unique venues for social functions are a huge draw card. They love the way our operators work together to enhance the delegate experience,’ says Graham.

Day two saw the group of 12 take a tour of a bunch of venues in Hamilton including Distinction Hamilton, Zealong Tea and The Verandah. The group of buyers were lucky enough to head off to Waitomo and choose between The Legendary Black Water Rafting Co or Waitomo Glowworm Caves and Ruakuri Caves before being treated to a four course wine paired dinner at Claudelands in a surprise area of the venue.

The weekend wrapped up with a site visit and breakfast at the Novotel and Ibis Tainui Hamilton, followed by a quick tour of Skycity Hamilton before heading off for a post-famil at Hobbiton with a banquet feast.

Stay tuned for full coverage of the Business Events Waikato Showcase and famil in the upcoming October-November Meeting Newz magazine.

The group of 12 included Trish Bowell, Avenues Event Management; Neil Maitland, Conference Brokers Ltd; Heidi Buchmann, Soltius NZ Ltd; Ali Copeman, akB Conference Management; Tiffany Henderson, ILANZ; Shelley Haring, OnCue Conferences; Gabrielle O’Brien, NZ Law Society; Jean Barr, Top Achievers Sales Training; Lauren Keen, Lizzy Tankard, Promote Ltd and Mackenzie Smith, Icon Conference & Event Management. 

Major Events Fund open

Monday, 10 July 2017 22:39

The Thames Coromandel District Council has opened applications for the 2017-18 Major Events Fund.

Events that attract domestic and international tourists as well as holiday home owners, that can be run outside of  the peak summer season, could be eligible for support through the fund.

The Fund is “open-ended,” in that applications can be made throughout the 12 month period – from 1 July 2017 through to 30 June 2018.

Convene Q: Pre-famil registrations open

Monday, 19 June 2017 23:05

Business events professionals attending Convene Queensland 2017 are welcome to register for its pre-famil tours.

There are three pre-famil tours on offer; Mackay, coinciding with the last days of the Mackay Festival of Arts; Brisbane – Sunshine Coast dual city famil; and long time favourite Gold Coast with a Commonwealth Games twist.

International interest fuelling growth for Hawaii Convention Centre

Monday, 19 June 2017 22:51

Incentive and conference organisers explored the Hawaii Convention Centre as part of a post-famil in Oahu following the Experience Aloha Business Exchange that took place in June.

The convention centre, located in Waikiki, has four floors, three exhibit halls, a total of 47 meeting rooms, and a ballroom that can host 1500 round table or 2800 theatre style. The ballroom has 10m ceilings and is divisible by three.

Debbie Zimmerman, Hawaii Tourism global MCI, citywide sales liaison, says Oahu as a destination is a top choice for incentive travel and business events, and the convention centre is no exception.

The wait is over

Monday, 29 May 2017 22:07

 CINZ MEETINGS 2017 has finally arrived, with the two-day event kicking off in Auckland.

Conventions and Incentives New Zealand chief executive, Sue Sullivan says the exhibition is the largest in the event’s 21-year history, showcasing 19 regions and more than 195 exhibitors to over 500 conference, event and incentive organisers.

‘Exhibitors and buyers will hold more than 6,000 meetings during our two days of pre-scheduled appointments and social networking events. With the support of key regional convention bureaux and Air New Zealand, we have also hosted 44 Australian buyers and media on seven different regional pre-MEETINGS tours, and another 36 will visit Hobbiton and Hamilton-Waikato on Friday,’ she explains.

Last year MEETINGS generated more than $55million of signed business during its two days of pre-scheduled appointments.

New Zealand Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Tourism Hon. Paula Bennett will be joined by industry leaders to visit MEETINGS on Thursday 1 June.

City of Sails gets ready for CINZ MEETINGS 2017

Tuesday, 23 May 2017 00:01

Organised by Conventions and Incentives New Zealand, the country’s largest tourism trade exhibition kicks off in Auckland next week.

CINZ MEETINGS will connect over 195 exhibitors from 19 regions across New Zealand with more than 500 New Zealand, Australian and international buyers.

Sue Sullivan, chief executive of CINZ, says this year’s show is the largest in its 21 year history.

Langham to Cordis, other plans for NZ

Monday, 15 May 2017 22:07

Landmark hotel The Langham Auckland will be rebranded as a Cordis on 1 November 2017 following a $35 million dollar refurbishment.

When it opens, Cordis, Auckland will be the third of what is described as a ‘new generation of selected upper scale modern hotels’ by Langham Hospitality Group.

Simon Manning, Hong Kong based vice-president sales and marketing with LHG, says the rebrand is about modifying to meet the requirements of the market and be part of Auckland’s success.

He says Cordis will better suit the market profile of business travellers, families and other leisure travellers, and conferences, weddings and other functions.

MEETINGS 2017 puts Maori culture centre stage

Monday, 15 May 2017 04:52

CINZ MEETINGS 2017 is on this month, and organisers are making sure that New Zealand’s Maori culture is put embraced throughout the exhibition.

Conventions and Incentives New Zealand (CINZ) chief executive Sue Sullivan says Maori culture is infused into every aspect of MEETINGS, from the set-up of the exhibition, right through to the welcoming ceremonies.

‘Our culture is New Zealand’s point of difference, and it creates a strong sense of place for people attending business events here. There’s nothing quite like it anywhere else,’ she says.

Calling all day buyers

Monday, 08 May 2017 21:51

Registrations are open for CINZ MEETINGS 2017. 

‘We are inviting everyone responsible for meetings and events, and who want to make the most of their time, to spend a few valuable hours at MEETINGS 2017,’ says Sue Sullivan, Conventions and Incentives New Zealand chief executive.

The two-day exhibition at ASB Showgrounds on 31 May and 1 June showcases all aspects of the country’s business events industry and is a one-stop shop for people planning events.

Registration is free and event organisers can attend as day buyers on either day. They will have access to 198 exhibitors from 19 New Zealand regions spread across two pavilions and can roam at their leisure,’ she says.

The new Education Hub at CINZ MEETINGS 2017 is another drawcard for event professionals. Set in the centre of the show floor, the lounge-style space has a coffee cart and comfortable seating, and will be a go-to place for MEETINGS visitors to work and network and find out more about the diverse training and upskilling programmes available.

Day buyers attending on either of the exhibition days also get to enjoy lunch courtesy of Millennium Hotels and Resorts, and to be entertained at the Celebrity Speakers’ Showcase.\

MEETINGS 2017 social programme revealed

Monday, 08 May 2017 21:40

CINZ has revealed the details of its social programme for MEETINGS 2017, set to take place at the end of this month.

‘We are planning epic experiences for 650 guests at MEETINGS, from the welcome function on Tuesday 30 May through to the finale dinner on Thursday 1 June,’ Conventions and Incentives New Zealand (CINZ) chief executive Sue Sullivan says.

A relaxed evening of entertainment at Auckland’s new Grand Millennium will kick MEETINGS off, inspired by Le Cirque and produced by The Event Group with The Dust Palace, while The Langham will host the finale dinner, created by the Event Impressions team. Entitled Mosaic, the seated event is being themed by Event Impressions with entertainment and sound by The Production Agency.

Adelaide on show

Monday, 01 May 2017 22:57

Three days, three locations and three entirely different experiences were what were on offer on the recent Business Events Australia famil that took place in South Australia.

Hosted by Jenny Aitken, New Zealand country manager for Tourism Australia and Nic Mercer, director sales and marketing for Adelaide Convention Bureau, our three days in the Adelaide region was designed to showcase the best of what Adelaide has to offer, and the kind of venues, experiences and services that were available for events and incentives.

The group on the three-day famil included Jackie Coyne, S2N Events; Catherine Barwood, Premium Incentive & Conference; Diana McIllwrick, Dinamics; Nicola Daverne, Go C&I; Robyn Bradley, 110 Percent; and Malcolm Jordan, Total Event Company.

The weekend getaway proved there's more to Adelaide than it's vineyards and wine, with out of the box experiences top of mind for those on the famil.

Who was Best in Show at Convene 2017?

Wednesday, 12 April 2017 22:59

As Convene 2017 came to a close yesterday, it was time to shine the spotlight on who had the best stands.

We had four prizes to give out: Best Individual Stand, the runner up for Best Individual Stand, the Best Regional Stand, and the runner up for the Best Regional Stand.

Brett Jeffery from the Australian Society of Association Executives (Ausae) and Rachel Cook from Conference Innovators were on hand to judge. With such a wide array of stands and booths on display, it was a hard task for the judges.

Convene 2017 Wrap Up: What the industry is saying

Wednesday, 12 April 2017 21:43

Convene 2017 saw a wide range of industry players and visitors come together for what was a busy, productive and successful event,

all under the one roof at the new venue of the Vodafone Events Centre in Manukau, Auckland.

Karyn Spencer, chief operating officer at Vodafone Events centre, says hosting Convene 2017 exceeded expectations.  

‘The day buyers in particular were focused and engaged and open to new possibilities. They seemed really willing to spend the time to hear what the exhibitors had to offer as opposed to ‘just popping in,’ she explains.

Spencer says the post-lunchtime buzz had a really energy to it, and the easy access and free parking was a hit with buyers and exhibitors alike. 

Dunedin – it’s about experience

Sunday, 26 March 2017 21:42

PCOs on the recent Unforgettable Dunedin famil dusted off their fashion best and rocked up to front row seats for Friday’s show at iD Dunedin Fashion. The Dunedin Railway station was transformed into the world’s longest catwalk as some familiar names and those breaking into the world of fashion paraded their wares in the revered annual event. The glitzy evening was part of Enterprise Dunedin’s three-day famil to the city where nine PCOs were invited to discover what Dunedin has to offer in regards to meetings, conferences, incentives and exhibitions (MICE).

The itinerary included a few hours on the water with Monarch Wildlife Cruise to view albatross and seal colonies; lunch at Larnach Castle; a close up look at the night sky at Otago Museum’s Planetarium; dinner in the Dunedin Town Hall; a ‘kicking’ good time on the field at the Highlanders home turf; a Hot Yoga class amongst the butterflies; a historic walking trial around the warehouse precinct and a grand finale with tickets to iD Dunedin Fashion week. Full coverage of the famil will appear in the May/June edition of Meeting Newz magazine

GC - Going Through the Changes

Tuesday, 21 March 2017 01:13

Changing the perception that everything remains the same on the Gold Coast was the main aim of a delegation from the region that visited Auckland this week.
Shannon Thwaites, manager of Gold Coast Business Events says the biggest challenge from the New Zealand market is that ‘everyone has been to the Gold Coast.’
She says the bureau and 14 of its supplier partners held Gold Coast Connect at the Cloud to emphasise new event spaces and infrastructure – much of it being developed in anticipation of the 2018 Commonwealth Games.
‘Our message to incentive and conference orgnaisers is that things are changing all the time. Come and see us at the bureau first and we will point you in the right direction.’

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