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free coffee, and free food and wine at the end of each of the
two days, along with a high level of business undertaken left
exhibitors and buyers at this year’s event with plenty to smile about.
Susan Sullivan, new chief executive of the association behind
the event, Convention and Incentives New Zealand, gave her
first MEETINGS a resounding thumbs’ up, citing good business
undertaken on the show floor. She welcomed Tourism New
Zealand’s greater involvement which allowed MEETINGS to host
more international buyers – 96 from Australia, and others from
India, China, Japan, the US and the UK.
"We had a large contingent of international buyers and media
at MEETINGS this year and they were very interested in the
possibilities that New Zealand offers. North Americans, for
example, were excited to learn first-hand about our incentive
travel potential,” Ms Sullivan said.
"Overall it is has been a really successful couple of days. The
exhibitors have had very positive feedback and have collectively
conducted more than 6000 meetings and will be leaving
MEETINGS with lots of business leads to follow up.
"Our international buyers have experienced some great
hospitality and are leaving with a much better understanding of
just how much this country has to offer as a destination, both for
business events and incentive travel.
"MEETINGS has also given us the chance to offer some
professional development to our own conference and incentive
organisers. The masterclass we ran with [author] Jonah Nader
was very well received and is part of CINZ's ongoing
commitment to providing industry education.”
One of New Zealand's leading PCOs, Jan Tonkin, said CINZ's
initiative to stage a masterclass in association with the event
added value for delegates.
"Adding an educational component to MEETINGS for me was
a real drawcard. Being able to make the most of our time at
MEETINGS and achieve so much in one day was invaluable. It
added even more to the experience."
Emily Liston from the Brisbane-based Medical Protection
Society was similarly impressed.
"We haven't done any conferencing in New Zealand before
and this has been such an informative and productive few days.
The pre-famil tour to Queenstown really sold me on the
destination too," she said.
Another MEETINGS 2014 first was The Luxury Collection, a
new section of the exhibition devoted to high-end lodges, hotels,
venues and catering.
Reno Verikakis of Sofitel Luxury Hotels said The Luxury
Collection exhibitors' collaboration was a great success.
“We work together across the country to promote New
Zealand as a boutique destination for incentive travel, and it
makes sense for us to be showcased together,” he said.
"The quality of buyers visiting our stand was very high. We had
a lot of walk-ins too, with day buyers keen to book business
which reflects the confidence we are experiencing in the market."
New exhibitor Sensational Selwyn, a Canterbury regional
destination, said MEETINGS gave them the opportunity to
showcase the region's unique venues, suppliers and activities to
a huge range of international and Kiwi event decision-makers.
Selwyn's Elizabeth Pitcorn says they were overwhelmed by
the level of interest from buyers.
"We've been writing business on the floor as well as taking
lots of future leads and have been really impressed by the calibre
of the event organisers we have been meeting with here."
MEETINGS 2015 will be held again at Auckland's ASB
Showgrounds on June 10 and 11. m
A business event in New Zealand goes beyond expectations.
Discover New Zealand’s finest destinations, venues and suppliers at
MEETINGS 2014 18th-19th June, Auckland. With world-class facilities,
spectacular landscapes, friendly people and a diverse range of activities
within easy reach, New Zealand will take your next event from ordinary
to extraordinary. Plan the conference they’ll never forget today.
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MEETINGS, New Zealand’s annual trade show for the business
event sector, ended in June with plenty of praise from exhibitors
and buyers. BY BRAD FOSTER
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