MEETINGS 2022 is gearing up for tomorrow’s official opening with the two-day annual event being held in Christchurch for the first time in 14 years.
Hosted at Te Pae Christchurch Convention Centre, MEETINGS will be officially opened by Minister for Tourism and Economic Development Stuart Nash with a record number of buyers and exhibitors in attendance.
Over 100 hosted buyers from Australia arrived in New Zealand over the weekend to take part in tours of five different regions – Auckland, Wellington, Marlborough, Queenstown, and host city Christchurch. They are set to join over 300 New Zealand buyers for pre-scheduled appointments with exhibitors from 18 regions on 211 different stands.
“This two-day event alone generates millions of dollars of business for an industry previously worth $1.5 billion each year,” said Business Events Industry Aotearoa chief executive Lisa Hopkins.
“Across two days of connecting, reconnecting, and doing business, we are giving real business opportunities to buyers and vendors, introducing new products, new regions, and showcasing new purpose-built infrastructure throughout the country.”
Megan Crum, Head of ChristchurchNZ Business Events, says Christchurch is leading the way in sustainability initiatives.
“Christchurch is aligned to the UN Sustainable Development Goals, and has a goal of net zero emissions by 2045,” Crum said.
“The city is walkable making for a smaller delegate carbon footprint, and transport options include electric car shares, e-scooters and e-bikes, and electric public buses to and from the airport. The city’s key venues have sustainability at their core.”