Monday, August 21, 2017
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Conferences & Events

Skyline Queenstown launches ‘Fifty Years of Fun’

New Zealand’s most popular tourist attraction Skyline Queenstown is toasting its 50th anniversary with a month-long party.

NZ Experience Travel Expo showcases the best of domestic travel

September 16-17 2017 brings together the best regions, accommodation and operators under one roof showcasing what you can see and do within our own country.

10,000 expected for APEC Leaders’ Week

APEC will attract up to 22,000 international attendees to the 12 significant APEC-related events held throughout the year, with around 10,000 attendees expected for Leaders’ Week

Flexibility, location key to convention centre success

The flexibility and location of the new Christchurch Convention Centre will be the key to its success.

2020 opening for $240m Christchurch Convention Centre

CPB Contractors, owned by Australia's CIMIC Group, has secured the contract to complete the design and build the $240m Christchurch Convention Centre.

Birds of a Feather Ball raises over $100K for conservation

Real Journeys lavish sold-out Birds of a Feather Conservation Ball has raised over $100,000 to help bring back the birds to the Wakatipu.

Getaway to Glenorchy’s A Sense of Place

This month’s Great Glenorchy Getaway Day tempts visitors and residents of Central Otago to explore A Sense of Place.

Mud festival to continue without imported product

Rotorua’s Mudtopia festival will be staged in December without imported cosmetic mud powder.

Great sexpectations for Gay Ski Week QT

The world’s number one condom brand Durex is pulling out all the stops to ensure the LGBTQI community has the most enjoyable Gay Ski Week QT yet.

Aigantighe to light up Timaru

People in Timaru are being asked to save the date of Saturday 19th August as the Aigantighe Art Gallery and our parks and other cultural institutions team up to light up winter night.

World Masters Games injects $63m, adds 300K guest nights

The World Masters Games boosted national GDP by $63m, added more than 300,000 guest nights and made a surplus for its organisers of approximately $800,000.

ATEED, PATA team up to host Tourism Leaders Forum

New Auckland Tourism, Events and Economic Development (ATEED) chief Nick Hill, Tourism New Zealand's Stephen England-Hall and Air New Zealand's chief revenue officer, Cam Wallace, are among the participants addressing the Tourism Leaders Forum.

NZ to stage international tech conference

Living up to New Zealand’s reputation as a standout digital nation, the tech sector and the government will stage a major international tech summit in Auckland next year.

Auckland Airport International Travel Summit – May 2018

The Auckland Airport International Travel Summit will be held on Monday 7th May 2018 at the Glenroy Auditorium at the Dunedin Centre, The Octagon, Dunedin.

Littlewood: Use it or risk losing $102m TIF

The hotel industry has been urged to play their part in accessing the $102m Tourism Infrastructure Fund in what has been framed as a ‘use it or lose it’ situation.

Fletcher ructions delay $470m Auckland convention centre

SkyCity says it is "comfortable" with its contractual agreements with developer Fletcher Construction despite a delay in the delivery of the New Zealand International Convention Centre.

Palmerston North wins conferences worth $1m

Several conferences with a combined value at almost $1m have been secured by the Central Economic Development Agency.

Record numbers for 2017 NZ Hotel Industry Conference

A record 360 delegates are set to attend the 2017 New Zealand Hotel Industry Conference in Auckland today.

More than 6,000 visitors to inject $4.8m for league world cup

More than 6,000 international visitors, contributing around $4.8m to our economy, are expected for the country's next big event, the Rugby League World Cup.

Christchurch secures animal studies conference

Christchurch has won an international bid to host the Australasian Animal Studies Association Conference next year.

Key conference win for Marlborough

Business Events Marlborough is delighted to announce that the Apiculture New Zealand Conference and Trade Exhibition will be held in Marlborough in 2018.

‘Improving Performance’ the theme of Aviation NZ Conference

‘Improving Performance’ is the theme of the 2017 Aviation NZ Conference to be held at the Distinction in Hamilton on 24 and 25 July.

Conference preparations in full swing

Preparations for the National i-SITE Visitor Information Network Conference being held at the Chateau Tongariro Hotel in September are in full swing with almost half of the anticipated 120 delegates already confirmed.

Inaugural Pacific Tourism Insights Conference

The South Pacific Tourism Organisation, in partnership with the Pacific Asia Travel Association (PATA) and Vanuatu Tourism Office (VTO) will jointly organise and convene the first regional tourism conference in Port Vila, Vanuatu on the 25th of October. 

America’s Cup parade map

The parade to celebrate Emirates Team New Zealand’s America’s Cup win starts at 12.30pm today 6 July.

Warnings against expectations of America’s Cup bonanza

Property Institute of New Zealand Chief Executive Ashley Church has urged caution around expectations of an ‘economic bonanza’ fuelled by the hosting of the next America's Cup regatta which is expected to take place in 2021.

Major Events Fund open for applications

Have you got an event that has the potential to become iconic to the Coromandel - will attract domestic and international tourists as well as our holiday home owners - and can be run outside of peak summer?

Queenstown backs events with $583k funding

The Queenstown Lakes District Council has distributed $583,500 to 17 events citing their potential to attract tourists to the region.

Waikato’s strong cultural links attract major event

Waikato will welcome around 800 international Indigenous studies experts in June 2019.

NZ Cruise Conference: Riding the growth wave

Regions keen to capture a bigger share of the fast-growing cruise market will have an opportunity to highlight what they are doing to improve port facilities at this year’s Cruise New Zealand Conference in Auckland, 29 August.

Video: ACB Auckland Famil Day MEETINGS 2017

The Auckland Famil Day video from MEETINGS 2017 produced by ATEED's Auckland Convention Bureau.

Opening of South Pacific’s newest conference destination

The South Pacific’s newest conferencing destination, Niue, has received a high-level opening this week with the opening of the Matavai Conference Centre Niue.

Auckland Australasia’s leading meetings and conference destination

Auckland has been named the top meetings and conference destination in Australasia at the 2017 World Travel Awards.

MEETINGS 2017: Accelerating events sector to inject $311m

New Zealand’s international business events sector is positioned for a period of accelerated growth after securing events that will deliver $310m boost to the economy.

Christchurch Centre designs reveal world-class venue

Landmark architectural designs for the Christchurch Centre have been released showcasing the 2000-delegate capacity venue.

Auckland to hold World Veterinary Association Congress in 2020

Auckland has secured the bid to host another top international congress at the NZICC in 2020 worth an estimated $6.2m to the regional economy.

MEETINGS 2017: Up-skilling critical ahead of mega-venue openings

The tourism and business events sectors needs to up-skill ahead of the opening of big venues such as the New Zealand International Convention Centre.

Auckland rises up international rankings for business events

Auckland has moved up 14 places in the International Congress and Convention Association (ICCA) rankings to 79 from 93 last year – continuing its rapid climb up the ranks as a business events destination.

MEETINGS 2017: Buyers look to NZ to meet diverse requirements

More than 500 conference, event and incentive organisers have descended on Auckland for CINZ MEETINGS 2017 which kicks off in earnest today.

International C&I buyers do it the Wanaka way

In the largest famil of its kind in Wanaka, 31 international incentive travel buyers are sampling the experiences on offer in the Central Otago town.

Air New Zealand ‘Sheeran’ the fun

Air New Zealand has announced it will operate 52 extra one-way flights to help fans see Ed Sheeran.

Top event organisers ready to do business in NZ

Leading business event organisers from around the world are heading to New Zealand’s largest business tourism trade exhibition in Auckland next week.

Waikato tourism in line for Sevens bonanza

Waikato's hospitality and accommodation sectors will be among the biggest beneficiaries of the HSBC World Rugby Sevens Series moving to Hamilton.

CAS: Off-peak on the rise despite fewer events

More delegates attended fewer events in New Zealand with Auckland accounting for more than a third of the total number of attendance days in the year ended March 2017. The number of delegates attending...

NZICC cooks up fourth 2020 event win

The New Zealand International Convention Centre has added a fourth conference to its 2020 schedule winning a major international food congress.

New Zealand impresses at Frankfurt convention event show

New Zealand was on display to crowds of nearly 9,000 buyers at IMEX, Europe’s leading business and incentives trade show this week.

New CINZ Approved PCO Group Chairperson appointed

Ali Copeman has been appointed the Conventions and Incentives New Zealand (CINZ) Approved Professional Conference Organiser (PCO) Group Chairperson.

CINZ unveils MEETINGS 2017 social programme

New Zealand’s leading venues and creative event specialists are promising spectacular social events for guests attending MEETINGS 2017 later this month.

Hotel sector gears up for big July – conference and awards

A valuable contributor to the country’s $35 billion tourism industry, the hotel sector is gearing up for a big July, with the annual New Zealand Hotel Industry Conference on in Auckland 19-20 July, culminating with a gala Awards dinner.

Date set for 2017 PATA Global Insights Conference in Auckland

The PATA Global Insights Conference (PGIC) returns to Auckland on Friday, 29 September 2017 with the theme ‘R U Future Ready’?

Meet New Zealand in one day at CINZ MEETINGS

CINZ MEETINGS 2017 is the opportunity for event organisers to plan their next year in a day, and to meet all New Zealand under one roof.

Auckland Airport to host International Travel Summit

Auckland Airport will again host an international travel summit at the Hilton Hotel in Auckland immediately prior to TRENZ.

Record summer of concerts delivers $37m boost for Auckland

Music lovers from around New Zealand flocked to Auckland’s outdoor stadiums this summer, boosting the local economy by more than $37M – the city’s most successful outdoor concert season to date.

TRENZ: New products set to wow

A world first extreme adventure activity, operators taking visitors off the beaten track and an upscale hotel returning to Christchurch are amongst the new tourism products that will be on show at TRENZ 2017.

Rugby 2017 Festival programme launched

Rugby 2017 Festival to celebrate the upcoming Lions Series launched.

RTOs showcase regions at inbound trade event

From new eco tours to proposed ziplines, inbound tour operators heard the latest product offerings from around the country at the Regional Tourism Organisations NZ's (RTONZ) Inbound Trade Event.

Festival of Colour opens with fire, song & poetry

More than 850 people gathered on Lake Wanaka’s waterfront for bonfires, song and poetry at the opening night celebrations of the seventh Festival of Colour.

RTONZ-Inbound trade event starts

Two days of back-to-back industry meetings kick off today at the Regional Tourism Organisations NZ (RTONZ) Inbound Trade Event in Auckland. A record number of attendees are expected to attend at the Heritage hotel with...

ENZED Superstock Team Champs fuel injection of $3.8m

An economic impact survey of attendees at this year’s ENZED Superstock Team Champs has revealed the annual event pumps an estimated $3,764,934 into the economy.

International tourism buyers eager for TRENZ 2017

New Zealand’s continuing popularity as a visitor destination is fuelling demand for international travel and tourism buyers wanting to come to TRENZ 2017.

Aussies hanker for a taste of New Zealand

Four ‘taste of New Zealand’ events are being held across Australia in the coming week to illustrate the range of world class venues, accommodation, activities and cuisine on offer across the Tasman.

Retirement and travel are intertwined

The Retirement Lifestyle and Travel Expo, happening over the weekend from 8-9 April, is an event celebrating the products and services available to get the most out of life for Baby Boomers and Retirees.

Domestic market buoys delegate spend and stay 

Spending by convention and conference delegates in New Zealand rose 25% to $588m in 2016 despite a flat international market in terms of spend and visitor numbers.

Central Otago ski fields join forces for Winter Games

For the first time all the Central Otago ski areas – Coronet Peak, The Remarkables, Snow Farm, Cardrona Alpine Resort and Treble Cone – will host the Winter Games NZ.

World Indigenous Tourism to bring 300 delegates to Northland

Up to 300 delegates will be converging on Northland for the World Indigenous Tourism Association's (WINTA) conference early next year, the first time the event has come to New Zealand.

USA travel industry treated to warm New Zealand welcome

America’s largest network of travel agents enjoyed a warm Kiwi welcome last night to kick off their 18th Annual International Summit.

Queenstown convention lead leaves

Queenstown convention bureau manager Regan Pearce has left his position.

Tourism New Zealand returns as key partner for Luxperience 2017

Tourism New Zealand has again committed as a key partner for annual luxury travel trade show Luxperience.

ITB: Everything you need to know from this year’s event

New Zealand tourism operators were among the thousands of delegates attending the world’s largest travel expo, International Tourismus Borse (ITB), in Berlin.

Record numbers heading for RTONZ-Inbound Trade Event

A record number of inbound travel companies are heading for the RTONZ-Inbound Trade event in Auckland.

UN at ITB: Tourism opens our hearts and our minds

Tourism can transform our world and build better understanding in a world living a deficit of tolerance, says UNWTO Secretary-General Taleb Rifai says In his address at the opening ceremony of ITB Berlin 2017.

New Zealand on show in Europe at ITB Berlin

New Zealand will have an exclusive stand at the world’s largest tourism travel trade show in Berlin this week, exhibiting to more than 1000 buyers and 120,000 visitors.

Rotorua plans major venue upgrade to take on NZICC

Rotorua is planning an upgrade of its Energy Events Centre to keep it competitive with new venues coming online.

Showcase of creativity and technology

Wellington’s biggest business events trade show, Show Me Wellington, is getting even bigger, with over 100 exhibitors now confirmed for this year’s event.

CINZ MEETINGS 2017 showcases 19 NZ regions

New Zealand’s diverse regions will be on show for more than 600 business event organisers at ASB Showgrounds in Auckland this May.

PCMA: What NZ can do to win business events and visitors

The Professional Convention Management Association’s director of global development, Michelle Crowley, tells us what makes NZ attractive to the global conference market.

Tourism BOP launches inaugural No Place Like Home event

The beauty of Tauranga’s McLaren Falls Park will be showcased this weekend in a unique family-friendly event – the first of its kind for the reserve.

NZ wins Best Environmental Stand at AIME 2017

The 100% Pure New Zealand stand won the Best Environmental Stand 2017 at the Asia-Pacific Incentives and Meetings Expo (AIME) in Melbourne.

New Zealand’s secret ingredient revealed at AIME

New Zealand was on show at this week’s Asia-Pacific Incentives & Meetings Expo (AIME) in Melbourne.

NZICC secures 1200-delegate medical conference

THE NZICC has booked another major conference for 2020, securing the Tripartite Colorectal Annual Meeting

Showcase New Zealand – seeking industry speakers

Travel sellers in the USA love hearing about New Zealand from the source. We are putting together a series of online presentations to North American based agents and sellers on a range of topics and we need industry help to showcase New Zealand.

Delegates up, conventions down for 2016

More delegates spent a longer time at fewer conferences in New Zealand last year, according to the Ministry of Business, Innovation and Employment (MBIE).

First event wins for NZICC a sign of spoils to come

The first confirmed conferences for the New Zealand International Convention Centre are set to deliver an $11m boost to Auckland’s economy in 2020.

The Conference Company opens Sydney office

New Zealand’s biggest and most internationally connected convention and event organiser, The Conference Company, will this month open its first dedicated off-shore office in the heart of Sydney’s CBD.

Kiwi Stars head to Napier for Art Deco Festival 2017

This year’s Tremains Art Deco Festival is shaping up to be a star studded one as Kiwi Stars Kerre Woodham, Shane & Nerida Cortese and Masterchef Brett McGregor all head to Napier to enjoy the festivities.

CAUTHE 2017: Time for a bridge to industry

This year’s Council for Australasian Tourism and Hospitality Education (CAUTHE) conference in Dunedin was both inspiring and worrying in equal measure.

CAUTHE 2017: Groundbreaking tourist tracking app set to go global

A ground breaking tourist-tracking app developed by the University of Tasmania is set to be licensed in what could be the first of many commercial deals.

SkyCity’s NZICC on track but it’s not committing to other expansion plans

The $700m New Zealand International Convention Centre and Hobson St hotel projects remain on-budget and on-target despite owners SkyCity remaining uncommitted in other expansion plans.

CAUTHE 2017: “Black hole” post Kaikoura quake could have been devastating for tourists

A “black hole” in knowing where tourists were and what they are doing could have had devastating consequences if Kaikoura’s earthquake had taken place during the day, according to Lincoln University’s David Simmons.

CAUTHE 2017: Tourism must move from short term profits, low margins and low wages

Tourism’s current focus on short term profits, its low margins and low wages will drive commodification and irresponsibility, according to Professor Pauline Sheldon.

Sports tourism set to inject more than $210m in 2017

Six major sports tourism events are set to pump more than $210m into the New Zealand economy in 2017.

CAUTHE 2017: Tourism researchers converge on Otago

More than 250 tourism academics from around the world have descended on Dunedin for this year’s Council for Australasian Tourism and Hospitality Education conference.

Conference venues invited to showcase to thousands

A new tool developed for the Tourism New Zealand Business Events website is promoting the diverse range of world class conference venues available across the country.

Pinot Noir descends on our nation’s capital

The vinous international spotlight will be on New Zealand’s capital this week with the Pinot Noir NZ 2017 celebration, described as the best Pinot Noir event on the planet.

Trump card

What can we learn from the US election and what effect will Trump's victory have on the tourism industry, asks Tourism Ticker's Bridget O'Connell.

Water tops local government wish-list

Waste water management is the primary infrastructure issue that needs to be addressed, according to Local Government New Zealand chief executive, Malcolm Alexander.

PM: Doing nothing is not an option

Doing nothing is not an option in the face of record tourist numbers but figuring out how best for the government to respond is still being determined, says Prime Minister John Key. Speaking at the...

Star-gazers win $3.5m TGP funding

Two star-gazing ventures have attracted a total of $3.5m of government investment in the latest round of funding from the Tourism Growth Partnership (TGP).

TIA launches domestic market digital tool

Tourism operators and organisations will be able to identify the best domestic travellers to target for their business following the launch of a free online tool.

South Island swots up on TINZT

Three South Island students were the recipients of the 2017 Tourism Industry New Zealand Trust (TINZT) Academic Scholarships.
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