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ith a growing demand from
announcement in mid-
September that the New Zealand
International Convention Centre (NZICC) had
received resource consent approval, was
warmly welcomed by the industry. As
Conventions and Incentives New Zealand
(CINZ) chief executive Sue Sullivan said, “It
can’t come soon enough.
“New Zealand can now compete on the
world stage, challenging Australia and South
East Asia for lucrative convention business, “
“We look forward to seeing this purpose-
built facility get underway very soon. With
space for more than 3,000 delegates it will
allow New Zealand to stage conferences of a
size not seen here before.”
Sue Sullivan says business event visitors
spend more and stay longer than the average
leisure visitor, and arrive in the off-peak
months, at a time of year when other tourism
tends to be quiet.
According to the Convention Delegate
Survey for 2014 (MBIE) international
delegates stayed an average of six-and-a -
half nights in New Zealand, spending an
estimated $304 per night., almost double the
average spend per night for all international visitors. On average international delegates spent
$1,991 during their stay in New Zealand.
Fuelling a passion
According to Conventions and Incentives New Zealand (CINZ) Australia manager, Sharon Auld,
the amount of business secured at CINZ MEETINGS from Australia this year, reveals our
passion for New Zealand destinations, products and activities.
“Australia continues to be the strongest market for New Zealand, accounting for 65 per cent
of international business event arrivals,” she said.
Figures from Statistics New Zealand show a 20.9 per cent increase in Australian business
event arrivals for the month of July 2015, with 3,792 delegates crossing the Tasman that month.
For the year to July 2015, 38,944 Australian delegates had experienced New Zealand for a
business event, up 10% on the previous year.
“Air connectivity remains a top priority when positioning New Zealand to our Tasman
neighbours, and we are promoting excellent international and domestic air access,” she said.
New connections to Western Australia will bring even more opportunity to the market. Air
New Zealand’s new daytime service from Perth to Auckland is set to operate from December
11, 2015, to May 1, 2016, on a 767-300 three times a week. This increases overall frequency
on this route to 10 weekly, and complements the current daily 787-9 service.
“New initiatives to encourage companies to hold their business events in New Zealand
include promoting executive retreats for management teams, strategy meetings and high
achievers’ incentives,” Sharon Auld says.
If there is one element that can make or break an event, it’s the food as more and more people
become wine and food savvy.
Great strides are being made by Auckland Conventions Venues & Events trans-Tasman food
and beverage provider, EPICURE whose head chef Andrew McCrea said, “Clients are
increasingly knowledgeable about food and good product.” Trends he revealed are an increased
demand for food prepared by world-class chefs, known as ‘hatted’ food and a move towards
Epicure winter menu.
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