Aussie buyers head to MEETINGS 2022 as New Zealand reconnects to the world


Australian buyers are registering for MEETINGS 2022 now that fully vaccinated Australians are no longer required to self-isolate on arrival in New Zealand.

Business Events Industry Aotearoa chief executive Lisa Hopkins says this year promises to be a landmark year for the 26th MEETINGS exhibition, and signals the start of a new era for business events in New Zealand.

“We are excited to see so many Australian hosted buyers signed up for the opportunity to experience our regions prior to attending MEETINGS,” she said.

“Meeting at New Zealand’s first new-generation gathering place, Te Pae Christchurch Convention Centre will be a highlight.

“As part of New Zealand’s reconnection to the world strategy, we will be showcasing how much we have to offer in our beautiful, friendly and safe destination.”

Buyers can choose to deep dive into 10 different regions including host-city Christchurch, Northland, Auckland, Waikato, Rotorua, Wellington, Hawke’s Bay, Marlborough, Dunedin, or Queenstown hosted by the local convention bureaux.

“We are also keen for our hosted buyers to stay on after MEETINGS and discover more. In partnership with Air New Zealand, we are offering them the option to extend their stay to explore 18 regions at their leisure,” said Hopkins.

“Thanks to Air New Zealand, we can offer date flexibility with trans-Tasman travel to assist with this extension.

“With many of our over 150 exhibitors at MEETINGS for the first time, the show floor will be buzzing with activity, and creative energy from across New Zealand.

“Our exhibitors are telling us MEETINGS will be the single most important opportunity for them to connect with a highly-engaged group of buyers and to sign new business for the coming year.”

Applications close on 14 April at the MEETINGS 2022 website.