‘With the increased focus on international business events as a factor in this country’s economic growth, the MOU ensures full collaboration on the most meaningful opportunities,’ says England-Hall. ‘And the results are strong with International Visitor Survey figures detailing that Conference and Convention arrivals were up 11% (70,688) for the year end June 2017. Additionally, New Zealand rose four places in the most recent International Congress and Convention Association (ICCA) data to 12th spot in Asia Pacific and 47th spot in the world. Clearly our focused approach to partnering works.,’ he explains.
CINZ chief executive Sue Sullivan says the coordination across the sector delivers significant benefit for the New Zealand industry and the economy as a whole.
‘CINZ’s programme of work continues to be enhanced by the MOU. We work in partnership in the Australian marketplace, leveraging the relationships to maximise the opportunities for New Zealand and our members.
‘We continue to use the 100% Pure New Zealand message in all marketing activities as the overarching destination message,’ Sullivan adds. ‘We will continue to work to develop the annual trade show MEETINGS with a real focus on the buyers beyond Australia.
‘As with all things, much greater success can be achieved when we work together to maximise the strengths of each organisation. It is imperative that the industry is seen by the market as a collective, working hand in hand.’
Caption: 100% Pure New Zealand stand at AIME 2017 in Melbourne