Sunday, April 22, 2018

Conferences & Events

Apps, bylaws and signs: freedom camping solutions under discussion

Mobile apps, adjustable bylaws and standardised signage were three tools to mitigate freedom camping issues put on the table at yesterday’s Local Government New Zealand symposium.

WREDA’s Walker makes the case for $165m convention centre

Wellington's new economic development and tourism boss has laid out the business events case for a new $165m convention centre in the capital. 

Auckland wins international AI conference

Auckland will be the first city in New Zealand to host an upcoming global artificial intelligence conference after winning a bid to host the 2020 event.

Hotel conference focusing on regional growth

How to better share the benefits of New Zealand’s tourism boom with the regions will be a big focus of this year’s New Zealand Hotel Industry Conference.

300+ head to World Indigenous Tourism Summit at Waitangi

More than 300 delegates from 20 countries will converge on Waitangi today for the World Indigenous Tourism Summit 2018.

2018 TECNZ tourism conference opens for registration

This year the TECNZ event will be hosted in the sunny Hawke’s Bay from 8 - 9 August.

Record numbers heading for RTNZ inbound trade event

A record number of inbound travel companies will attend the Regional Tourism NZ (RTNZ) inbound trade event in Auckland tomorrow.

Rotorua plays to its strengths in the MICE market

How is Rotorua competing for events on the world stage, what sectors of the domestic market is it targeting and what effect will NZ's new convention centres have on the destination's share of the MICE market? The Ticker's Bridget O'Connell was taken on a tour of the city's conference offerings. 

From Glampers to Steampunk – new products on show at TRENZ 2018

A Steampunk museum, an innovative camping option, an adventure business founded to grow the confidence of urbanites in the outdoors, and an all-in-one 3D Trick Art Gallery are among the 49 new tourism products that will be on show at TRENZ 2018.

Hotel Industry Awards 2018 open for entries

The hotel sector is gearing up for a big July, with the annual New Zealand Hotel Industry Conference on in Auckland 4-5 July, culminating with a gala Awards dinner.

Auckland secures APAIE event, around 2000 visitors expected at NZICC

Auckland has won its bid to host the Asia-Pacific Association of International Education (APAIE) Conference and Exhibition, which will bring around 2000 delegates to the city in 2021.

Rotorua wins Infrastructure NZ event

Infrastructure New Zealand has announced that the location for the 2019 Building Regions Symposium will be Rotorua with the Energy Events Centre hosting the conference in August 2019.

Regions to the fore at CINZ MEETINGS 2018

Exhibitors from across New Zealand are lining up to be part of the premier national business events showcase, MEETINGS organised by CINZ this May.

Three in a row for Christchurch conference sector

Christchurch has secured the 2020 Learning Environments Australasia conference - the third major event win for city announced in the past month. 

Queenstown gears up to welcome 6000+ from Amway China

Excitement is building ahead of Amway China’s arrival in New Zealand for their annual leadership seminar next month.

CAS: Business events lead 2017 growth, delegate numbers flatten

A growing business events markets contributed to a 7% hike in the number of events in New Zealand last year.

China business experts announced for Christchurch forum

Two international China experts will speak at this year’s South Island Lantern Business Forum – aiming to help businesses take a strategic view of opportunities presented by the China market.

Auckland secures $33m of Australian business events

Auckland’s increased focus on developing the Australian market as a source of business events has paid dividends – resulting in the city hosting $33 million worth of business events since the Auckland Business Events Plan launched in 2014.

New Zealand to the fore at AIME 2018

New Zealand will be front and centre of the floor and hosting activities at this week’s 25th Asia-Pacific Incentives and Meetings Expo (AIME) in Melbourne.

Christchurch secures international wetlands conference

The 11th Intecol International Wetlands conference will be held in 2020, and is tipped to attract around 1,000 academics, researchers and experts from around the world.

CINZ launches 2018 mentorship programme

Applications are now open for the Conventions and Incentives New Zealand (CINZ) 2018 Mentorship Programme.

Christchurch secures major tech conference

One of the most respected technical conferences to be held in Australasia is coming to Christchurch.

Inbound companies reminded to save the date for RTNZ-ITO event

Regional Tourism New Zealand (RTNZ) is reminding inbound tour companies to 'save the date' for the annual RTONZ-Inbound Trade event.

New Zealand to come alive at AIME 2018

The New Zealand story is set to come alive at AIME 2018 this month with a bold new stand in the premium zone, mixing digital innovation and distinctive cultural elements.

Hawke’s Bay secures TEC Conference 2018

Around 250 tourism industry professionals will be heading to the Hawke's Bay next year after the region secured the Tourism Export Council Conference 2018. 

Real Journeys’ Tony McQuilkin honoured

Real Journey's Tony McQuilkin has been awarded a Tourism Export Council life membership award.

New Zealand on a winner at PCOA Conference

Last week’s Professional Conference Organisers Association (PCOA) conference proved to be a winner for delegates who visited the 100% Pure New Zealand hub.

Minister to launch Queenstown tourism conference

Tourism Minister Kelvin Davis will launch The Great Southern Tourism Opportunity event in Queenstown tonight alongside the resort's mayor, Jim Boult. 

Resilient Wellington attracts crisis response conference

Wellington’s status as a resilient city was a drawcard for securing a conference that will bring hundreds of experts in crisis management to the city in November 2018. 

Meetings, seminars surge drives business events growth

Meetings and seminars activity surged by 19% last year pushing up delegate numbers and delegate days, according to the latest Convention Activity Survey.

CINZ MEETINGS 2018 launches to Australian conference organisers

Delegates at next week’s Professional Conference Organisers Association (PCOA) Conference and Exhibition will be invited to experience New Zealand for CINZ MEETINGS 2018.

NZ wins contemporary music event

Auckland and Christchurch have won the bid to host the International Society for Contemporary Music's (ISCM) World New Music Days event in 2020.

Tourism Summit Aotearoa photo gallery

A selection of photos from the event at Te Papa in Wellington. Click on a photo to enlarge.

NZ takes fresh approach at 10th PCOA Conference

The 100% Pure New Zealand hub promises to be a welcoming space for delegates to engage and network at this month’s Professional Conference Organisers (PCO) Association conference.

Convention Centre concrete pour good news for city

The message to conference organisers is loud and clear – Christchurch will soon be back on the national and international conferencing circuit on a much larger scale.

Marlborough secures 400-delegate conference

Marlborough has won another significant event for next year securing the New Zealand Aquaculture Conference, which will bring up to 400 delegates and inject around $344,400 into the region.

NZICC appoints Garrick Loft Senior Sales Manager – New Zealand

Garrick Loft has been appointed as Senior Sales Manager – New Zealand for the New Zealand International Convention Centre (NZICC).

NZICC scores sixth 2020 event attracting 2000 GPs to NZ

The World Organisation of Family Doctors will hold its 2020 Asia Pacific Conference at the  NZICC.

CINZ: NZ experience economy ‘ahead of the pack’

New Zealand is ‘ahead of the pack’ when it comes to tapping into the shift to an experience economy according to Professional Convention Management Association president and chief executive Deborah Sexton.

CINZ offsets carbon emissions with tree planting initiative

Delegates at the annual CINZ conference in Dunedin helped to offset any carbon emissions from their journeys by gifting hundreds of native trees to the city.

Jenny Simpson receives CINZ Outstanding Contributor Award

Jenny Simpson, Air New Zealand’s Tourism Partnership Manager, has received the 2017 CINZ Outstanding Contributor Award.

CINZ: Australian market “huge opportunity” for NZ events

The Australian association market presents a huge opportunity to drive business into New Zealand’s £588m conventions industry.

CINZ: $750m by 2020 for NZ conference market

CINZ has unveiled a new strategy to drive the value of the New Zealand conference and meetings market to $750m by 2020.

CINZ: NZ events must be driven to a new level

The New Zealand meetings and events industry must up its games to make most of the new conference assets that are coming on line, according to MBIE’s Roger Wigglesworth.

PRINZ conference coup for Hamilton & Waikato

Some of New Zealand’s top public relations specialists are heading to Hamilton & Waikato following the announcement that the Public Relations Institute of New Zealand (PRINZ) will be holding their annual conference in the region in 2018.

New timelapse footage of NZICC shows project in progress

New timelapse footage of the New Zealand International Convention Centre (NZICC) rising from its underground foundations has been made public by SkyCity Entertainment Group today.

Conference wins worth $31 million celebrated

The efforts of 23 experts from across New Zealand who have brought conferences worth $31 million to New Zealand were recognised last night

NZ celebrates 10th PCOA with largest-ever team

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.  

PGIC2017: 100m new passengers per year for APAC, says Boeing

The Asia Pacific region will add 100 million new airline passengers every year for the next 20 years, according to Boeing.

England-Hall: NZ tourism industry not investment ready

The New Zealand tourism industry is not ready for overseas investment according to Tourism New Zealand chief executive Stephen England Hall.

Tourism, conferences help fill Dunedin city coffers

Dunedin Venues Management, Taieri Gorge Railway and Dunedin Airport have helped boost Dunedin Council coffers.

Inspiration (& snowballs) abound at i-SITE conference

Innovation, enterprise, and conviviality were celebrated last week at the 2017 i-SITE Visitor Information Network Conference in Ruapehu.

PATA Global Insights: Big brands, big data, disruptive future

The PATA Global Insights Conference provides an exciting platform for our industry leaders and decision makers to hear some fresh and insightful international perspectives.

Ruapehu i-SITE conference overwhelming success

Ruapehu’s tourism and visitor sector is anticipating a big jump in interest following the success of the National i-SITE Visitor Information Network Conference.

Auckland’s business events contribute $46m in 2016/17

Auckland’s business events sector continues to go from strength-to-strength, delivering millions into the regional economy each year.

Tourism NZ, CINZ collaborate to grow business events

The marketing of New Zealand as an international business events destination continues to be enhanced by an ongoing agreement between Tourism New Zealand and Conventions and Incentives New Zealand (CINZ).

NZ Event Awards 2017 finalists announced

New Zealand Event Awards finalists for 2017 have been announced by the New Zealand Events Association.

Million dollar boost from seismic event

More than a million dollars is expected to be pumped into the Rotorua economy when a thousand volcanologists and delegates converge on the city for four days of workshops and lectures.

HAPNZ: NZ warned of structural shift sweeping Australian sector

New Zealand holiday park franchise co-ops could be in for a tough time if the sector experiences the same structural changes that have swept Australia.

BYATA Learns how to ‘Future Proof’ in Wellington

Future proofing New Zealand as a tourism destination was the focus of the eighth annual Backpacker Youth & Adventure Tourism Association (BYATA) Conference held in Wellington at Te Papa recently.

Eden Park wins Australasian business award

New Zealand’s largest stadium, Eden Park, has taken out the Business Award at this year’s Australasian Leisure Management (ALM) Awards.

Holiday Parks conference kicks off in Dunedin

The annual Holiday Parks Association New Zealand kicks off in earnest today in Dunedin with around 230 delegates set to attend the event.

Cruise 2017: Record delegates converge on Auckland

A record number of delegates are converging on Auckland today for the first full day of the Cruise New Zealand 2017 Conference. 

CAS: More delegates, more days, more events

A strong 12 months for events has seen measures lift across the board, MBIE's latest Convention Activity Survey.

Hawke’s Bay Tourism Conference plots path to 2030

Positioning the local tourism industry for an evolving landscape is the theme of today’s Hawke’s Bay Tourism Conference, being held at the newly renovated Napier Conference Centre.

Sustainability tops talk at TEC conference

Ensuring tourism growth is sustainable economically, environmentally and socially was top of mind at last week’s Tourism Export Council conference.

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.
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